- What's gistpoint?
- How do you compute a summary's score?
- What's the incentive for me to contribute summaries?
- What's the number at the end of each article's title?
- What does the amount of time in minutes/hours indicate?
- Can I retrieve summaries through an API?
- How do I add gistpoint to my blog?
- How do I add the bookmarklet on iPhone?
gistpoint deals with the information overload problem. Our goal is to let you search and submit high quality summaries for online articles. Reading a summary before you dive into the fulltext article helps you determine if the full content of an article fits your interests or is worth your time. To maintain high quality submissions and weed out spams, we use an algorithm to score how well a summary covers the information in the original text. The highest scoring summary will automatically rise to the top and become the default summary. When no human generated summary is available, we fallback on an extraction of the most relevant passage from the fulltext article.
How do you compute a summary's score?
The scoring algorithm is central to our quality control system. Every summary submission is scored based on how well it covers the information in the original text. This is done by analyzing words used in the summary against those in the fulltext. The more relevant information a summary covers, the higher its score. We also take other factors such as length and grammar into consideration. The algorithm works surprisingly well, and we are continually refining it.
What's the incentive for me to contribute summaries?
First, good summaries collectively create an ecosystem that benefits everyone. Your summaries help save others time, and others' summaries help save you time. In addition, as a token of our appreciation for your contribution we let you link back to your twitter profile. Every time you summarize an article, you have the option to add your twitter handle, which will always be shown along with the summary. The better your summaries, the more followers you attract.
Finally, we introduce game mechanics to encourage your contribution. It works the following way:
- Each article is worth a certain amount of points, calculated by the twitter share count
- Anyone can submit any number of summaries to compete for the points
- Once the article is finalized (usually at the end of the day), a single winner with the highest scoring summary will take all the points
Visit the wanted page
for the list of articles with the highest bounties.
What's the number at the end of each article's title?
This is twitter's share count for each article. We use this to gauge article's popularity and also as bounty points for article summary. When you have the best summary, you win all points for that article.
What does the amount of time in minutes/hours indicate?
This indicates the amount of time you would spend to read the entire fulltext article. It's calculated by using the total amount of words in the article and the reading speed of a typical reader (250 wpm).
Can I retrieve summaries through an API?
Yes, we provide a simple API that takes a URL parameter and returns the title, formatted url, date, and top summary in JSON format.
You can access it the following way: http://gistpoint.com/get?u=http://...
, check out this example
The API is available for free for both commercial and noncommercial uses.
How do I add gistpoint to my blog?
Add the following script to your blog to display summary for any of your articles. Have the peace of mind that only the best summaries get displayed.
How do I add the bookmarklet on iPhone?
Copy the text below
- Add this page to your Bookmarks. Rename the bookmark to 'gistpoint' and click Save
- Open your Bookmarks and edit the 'gistpoint' bookmark you just added. Delete the url and paste the copied text in, then click done. You're now one step closer to world domination