Gist, a recently launched web service that aims to organize your communication streams, is bringing its tool to Lotus Notes with a new plugin. Gist offers services that help you keep tabs on the people in your professional network. The service’s web interface allows you to see past messages and attachments from each contact, news about their company, and their recent messages on services like Twitter. Gist also offers an Outlook plugin that shares similarities with Xobni.
The Lotus Notes plugin will track individual and company profile information as emails are sent/received and calendar events are created and will bring in professional network information to the inbox from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, a number of blogs, and 50,000 news sites. The plugin also uses Lotus Notes’ Live Text technology to give detailed profile information anywhere an email address appears. If you are using the Gist Lotus Notes plugin, you can also connect Gist to your Gmail account.
Gist, which raised $6.75 million in funding last year, also integrates with Microsoft Outlook and Gmail to aggregate, organize and prioritize emails, links, attachments, and related information (news, blogs, etc.) in a user’s email inbox. Gist links with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter bringing feeds and information together across social networks. Users can access Gist on the web, inside applications (i.e. Outlook), or on their mobile device. Gist has an iPhone app that is also available. With the addition of this plugin, Gist covers Gmail, Outlook and Lotus Notes, giving a large portion og enterprise email users the ability to use a Gist plugin.
Gist also recently acquired Learn That Name, a game that uses your LinkedIn contacts to help you remember the names of your business acquaintances. Launched in 2008, the company was founded by T.A. McCann, an entrepreneur and former senior employee in Microsoft’s Exchange Server Group. It was started and initially funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. After extensive prototyping and research, McCann and Vulcan launched the company in mid-2008 with its headquarters in Seattle, WA.