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Gist opens up, adds noise and friends filters

E-mail helper service Gist is now open to everyone and has some new ways for users to focus how much information they see.

Communication organization tool Gist is opening up to everyone on Tuesday, and has come a long way since we profiled its private beta offering back in January. It can still plug into your Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn accounts and help organize things like personal information, appointments and past correspondence. But since then it's added other sources like Salesforce, Facebook, and Twitter. In fact, the company says it's Twitter's third largest API partner, pulling in all of its users' contacts' tweets in real time.

All of this information is funneled into Gist's dashboard, which now lets you tag contacts to make groups of people you regularly follow. It also lets you filter how much of a contact's timeline you want to see from the last 24 hours, all the way to the last three months. This can help cut down on some of the noise as well as give you a broader overview of what they've been up to, something you can tweak further by turning on and off what kinds of content sources you want to see.

Despite removing the private registration, Gist will remain in beta and free of charge, although a paid subscription service is on the horizon. This will be aimed less at casual users looking to track information about friends and more for business users who want to get quick (or detailed) news flybys of contacts and clients before an important meeting--kind of like what a good personal assistant would offer.

Previously: Gist hopes to solve your e-mail overload woes

Gist gives you a quick look back at your correspondence with someone, as well as incoming news and social feeds from them. CNET