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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Summly: How does it work



Summly is an iPhone App launched by 16-year-old programmer, Nick D’Aloisio. The mobile app is very simple in it's working. Basically when you search for something on the app you are returned a set of search results that come with an automatic summary. So once you enter a search term the app will fetch you all the results and summarize all of them. So before heading over to the result you get a complete summary of what to find in the article or news-report. According to the folks over at Summly, their technology goes through the search results, highlights important sentences from the source and seek to bring you an exact summary before you open the search result page. 


The app is language-independent and works best with newsarticles and search results written in a very informative way. The way we look at it is that it kind of works like Google's arrows that appear when you hover over search results. You get a preview of the article with your search terms and where they appear. You kind of get a good view of what you are about to view and then decide if you really want to click on that link. Summly is receiving quiet a few good reviews but there are also some who say that the summaries are not all that great and can kind of mix it up a little.


Summly is a free App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 5. You can download it now and check it out and see if it really is as good as it claims to be. Please leave a comment with your feedback.
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