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RIM Officially Acquires Gist Contact Management Solution


It looks like the rumors are true. Both Gist and RIM have confirmed that Gist has been acquired by RIM but the details were not disclosed. In case you don’t know Gist is a professional contact and communications management solution that RIM can utilize to provide more functionality in future BlackBerry platforms.

Here is Gist’s official word on the acquisition from their blog:

Today, we are announcing that Gist has become part of Research In Motion (RIM). We are extremely excited about our future at RIM and how Gist will be used by millions of BlackBerry users around the globe.  This is a huge step towards our goal of utilizing the web-based Gist experience to allow users to build stronger professional relationships. Stay tuned for more details and thank you all for the support and encouragement that have gotten us to this next great phase at Gist.

RIM also put up their own succinct welcome on their blog:

Today we are pleased to announce that Gist has joined Research In Motion® (RIM®). We’re excited that the Gist team is joining RIM and bringing their expertise in providing customers with a contextualized, streamlined, and consolidated view of information about their contacts to the BlackBerry platform. Gist helps users to automatically create and maintain a rich contact profile for everyone in their network. Find out more about Gist on the Gist Blog!
– Alan Brenner, SVP, BlackBerry Platform at RIM

It should be interesting to see what RIM does with Gist. Any ideas for them?

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  1. What is the significance of this acquisition?

  2. First I would say a Blackberry app would be nice, I understand its being worked on.
    I use Office for Mac which there is no linkage with, that would be useful.
    For me, the link with Google Mail is redundant since I don’t trust free email services i.e. no SLA.
    I’ve had a Gist account for some time but not really utilized it that much. I do use Sugar CRM for my business and would like some linkage there. When I have interaction with my clients it would be great to see what is happening with them online to get context of who I am dealing with to target services better.

  3. I would like to see a Xobni type app where all Contacts information is updated and notify the user in real time on the homescreen. In addition, they could work in conjunction with TAT to create create a phone book like or roladex type of interface.

  4. RIM has needed a better contact management solution for a long time IMO. If there are countless 3rd party apps developed to do the same thing, chances are it would be a good idea to implement that feature into the OS. Another step in the right direction.

  5. RIM seems to be doing a lot of acquisitions lately. I hope they have something incredibly awesome in store for us loyal fans this year.

    • I think they realize that the user experience is just as important. You can have a cool device but you can’t overlook that people have to use it also. Oh, wait, Apple gets away with that 🙂

  6. I’m waiting to see what they make of docs to go.. (Dataviz)

    • Good point, DataViz was a 2010 purchase and we haven’t seen anything from them yet. DataViz also has an app called Password Plus, a password manager that is available for iphone and palm, as well as windows and mac

  7. will they put gist in the extinct category like they did Viigo

  8. RIM didn’t go away, but it seems that they are staging a grand comeback and a market takeover… lol power to the BERRY

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