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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yahoo Acquires Vizify (Social Media Visualization App)



Satu lagi yang menarik tentang akuisisi, kali ini dilakukan Yahoo yang memang gencar melakukan pembelian layanan social media sejak kepemimpinan Marisa Mayer. Hari ini layanan Vizify mengumumkan telah diakuisisi oleh Yahoo, belum pasti nilainya berapa untuk pembelian kali ini.

Vizify, sebuah layanan visualisasi social media (social media visualization app) yang berformat seperti website pribadi dengan mengambil sumber data dari akun-akun social media yang dimiliki pengguna. Layanan social media yang terintergrasi dengan Vizify antara lain Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, Instagram dan LinkedIn. sedangkan grafik dan visualisasi-nya pun beraneka ragam berdasarkan "source" tersebut bisa dalam bentuk tweet, foto, data checkin lokasi bahkan dalam bentuk video interaktif.

Layanan Vizify dibentuk tahun 2011 dan pernah bekerjasama dengan twitter dengan adanya video 'Animated Portrait of My Twitter" dengan mengambil source tweet pengguna yang jadi favoritnya.dari partnership ini Vizify mendapatkan pendanaan sebesar $1.2 million di tahun 2012 dari investor.

Dari hasil akuisisi Yahoo ini, Vizify akan shutdown dan saat inipun kita tidak bisa lagi membuat akun baru di layanan mereka. Ada 5 orang personil Vizivy yang akan bergabung dengan Yahoo serta akan mengembangkan teknologi visualisasi di sana.

Checkout My Vizify Page on https://www.vizify.com/tamtomo

Berikut pernyataan resmi dari Vizify:

We started Vizify in 2011 with the vision of transforming the information that we all consume and create every day into something more beautiful and personal. We were awed and grateful to see this vision taken up by so many of you as you built and shared our graphical bios, infographic cards, and videos. 

Since last summer, we’ve been engaged in a conversation with some of the incredible folks at Yahoo about the ways this more visual approach to data can inspire and entertain. As our conversations progressed, we realized we’d found a partner who shared our passion for user experience, design, and visualizing information. Ultimately, we just couldn’t say no to the opportunity to bring our vision to the hundreds of millions of people who use Yahoo every day. 

As part of the transition to Yahoo, we will be sunsetting the Vizify service (read below for more detail). As for what’s next, we can’t talk specifics just yet, but we’re excited to bring a more visual approach to data at Yahoo. We have a lot more up our sleeves and can’t wait to get started. 

What does this mean for me? As part of our transition to Yahoo, we’ll no longer be allowing new signups or purchases of paid plans. For existing Vizify bioholders and accounts, we’ll be sunsetting the Vizify service. To make the transition process easier on you, we’re taking a few extra steps: 

For those of you with a current paid plan, we'll be issuing a full refund for everything you've paid Vizify. 

For Premium customers who registered a domain through Vizify (like your-name.com), we’ll be providing instructions so you can assume ownership of your domain, free of charge. 

For all bioholders, free and paid, we’ll be providing a way for you to opt-in to “archive” a snapshot of your current bio that will remain live at the same URL through September 4, 2014.
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