RIM acquired the company Gist back in early 2011, and soon began working on integrating their skills into the PlayBook OS. When PlayBook OS 2.0 we saw their work with the new contact app with social integration. Now the company has announced in a blog post that they will be closing the doors to new users, and will be completely focus on working on everything social for BlackBerry, including BBM. Check out what they had to say:
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.
Though the company has closed it’s doors to new users, they have set up a support page for those existing users who wish to migrate their information to another service. For the support page click here. Read more about the migration steps at this link.