We started Gist in 2008 to make connecting with your key contacts faster and easier to help you create stronger business relationships. In February of 2011, we agreed to become part of Research In Motion® (RIM®) and bring the Gist vision to millions of BlackBerry® customers and help create the world’s largest connected social graph. A few months ago, we shared exciting news about the new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ OS 2.0 Contacts app that we’ve been working on since joining RIM. More recently, our team has been tasked with creating the native address book/contact manager for the next generation platform, BlackBerry® 10. In addition to our core focus on the Contacts app, we have been given expanded responsibility for everything social at RIM including BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), Facebook® and Twitter® apps and instant messaging as well as much of the identity platform (BlackBerry® ID), location services and user analytics features. With all this responsibility, we feel even more empowered to deliver a truly unique and amazing experience for aggregating, enhancing and connecting you deeply with your key contacts. All of this feels pretty exciting, but you may have noticed limited innovation on the core Gist product offering over the last year. In an effort to make the most of our new focus, we have, with heavy hearts, decided to shutdown the stand-alone Gist service. Sigh.
As of today, we are no longer accepting new users and Gist.com will officially be closing on September 15, 2012.
We know you put a lot into Gist and we want to help make sure you can get that value out, so we are helping to make it easy to get a solid copy of your contacts and transition to other services. Please take a look at the process below.
- Please log into Gist.com and make sure we have your correct email address. You can review and update this information by going to Account > Account Settings.
- Next, from the Accounts Setting page click “Export Data” to view your export options. From here, you will have the option to export your data in vCard and/or CSV format, set an importance cutoff and choose to export just people, companies or both.
- We’ve set up a support page to help you import your information into other services (Google Mail™, Outlook®, Mac® Mail, Yahoo!®) as well as lots of other awesome services in our space that you might like to try.
- If you have questions about this process please email us at email@example.com so that we can work directly with you to help make sure your information is exported correctly.
The past few years have been exciting, and we thank all of our fans and users for sticking with us and helping us build an amazing company. We appreciate your support and invite you to continue to follow the best of what’s to come via @BlackBerry and the Inside BlackBerry Blog. We hope you’ll join us on our journey at RIM with the new BlackBerry 10 platform.
Remember, connected people change history… so check out the list of awesome services below to help you manage your contacts and build relationships in the future!
Brewster is your personalized address book that replaces the age-old A-to-Z contact list with one that understands your relationships.
Brewster re-imagines what an address book should do for you. It shows you who’s trending in your life and who you are losing touch with. It also allows you to search people by anything (name, city, even favorite band!) with quick access to the people you contact the most.
Like magic, Brewster connects the dots as your relationships evolve.
Contactually automatically reminds you to stay connected with your top leads. Perfect for realtors and small business owners – sign up for a free trial!
Mingly makes it easy to sort through the noise of social networks and connect with the people you care about. Living right in your Gmail, Mingly:
- Aggregates your contacts from Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter into a searchable merged address book
- Pulls key updates from your networks, like birthdays and job changes, into a single feed
- Makes it easy to send social-network messages without leaving your inbox
- Helps you keep track of conversations with contacts across your different networks.
Mingly’s browser extension is currently available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Newsle is a new service that tracks people in the news. Newsle finds articles about you, your friends and colleagues, and alerts you minutes or hours after they’re published. With Newsle, you’ll be the first to know when a Facebook, LinkedIn, or email contact makes the news or gets mentioned in a blog post.
Nimble is a social contact manager that helps your business turn its social community into customers for life. Nimble combines the power of CRM and social media into a simple and affordable web-based solution.
Get rich contact profiles right inside Gmail. Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.
Salesforce.com offers everything you need to transform your business into a Social Enterprise, so you can connect to customers and employees like never before. With no software or hardware to install, you’re up and running—-quickly.
SalesLoft improves business sales by providing enterprise reps with a stream of intelligence on the companies and people they sell to. We connect with popular web-based CRM’s and deliver the following information through a customizable web stream: Contact Job Changes, Categorized news, internal blog & news RSS, technologies used, job postings, social profiles and feeds.
Cloud app making sure your address book is ALWAYS up to date. Gmail, Google apps, Outlook, Salesforce and more!
Xobni, Smartr Inbox, and Smartr Contacts automatically find all the people with whom you’ve ever exchanged emails, calls, or SMS messages. They instantly provide a full view of each contact, complete with their photo, job title, company details, and email history — as well as updates from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Xobni is available for Outlook and BlackBerry. Smartr Inbox is available for Gmail. Smartr Contacts is available for Android and iPhone.
Yesware is an email productivity service that helps salespeople close more business. Integrated into Gmail, Outlook and Android devices, Yesware provides email tracking & analytics, customizable sales templates, CRM integration and more to help salespeople communicate with customers more effectively.