Yahoo ha acquired social media data visualization startup Vizify. The startup was founded in 2011 by Todd Silverstein, Eli Tucker, and Jeff Cutler-Stamm for an undisclosed sum. The deal was reportedly in works for months, although the amount has not been disclosed. Vizify’s technology could be found powering Twitter tool #FollowMe, which knits up pics, tweets and Vines to make a short highlight reel for users. The idea being that, at a glance, other people could see what they would gain by following you on the microblogging network. The service will be shutting down for existing Vizify bioholders and accounts.
“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,” the Vizify team explains. “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.”
For easy transition, Vizify will take following measures:
- Those with a current paid plan will receive a full refund for everything you’ve paid Vizify.
- Premium customers who registered a domain through Vizify (like your-name.com) will receive instructions so they can assume ownership of their domain, free of charge.
- All bioholders, free and paid, will get a way to opt-in to “archive” a snapshot of their current bio that will remain live at the same URL through September 4, 2014.