Trimit is a new app for your iPhone from Frimby Limited that automatically summarizes large bodies of text to fit the character limits of social networks like Twitter and Facebook. For example, let’s say you’re reading an interesting article and you want to share it with your friends. Rather than just posting a boring old link, you can summarize the whole story into a few short sentences.
Begin by selecting one of the six preset character limits, that includes Twitter, Facebook, SMS and Tumblr. You can also choose to enable or disable vowels and abbreviations to make your results even shorter. Then, type or paste a URL into Trimit and wait while it performs its magic. The length of the delay will obviously depend on the length of the webpage you’ve chosen, but it’s usually very quick.
Trimit utilizes a ‘highly complicated’ algorithm to automatically summarize (or trim) the webpage you entered into the specified length, attempting to convey only the integral information of a piece of text:
trimit uses a wide variety of heuristics and variables in editing the content to convey the maximum amount of information in the specified length. When summarisng, specified filters can be applied, which include as the addition of acronyms, abbreviations, URL shortening and even removal of vowels that are not integral in the word’s comprehension.
It’s a concept that works surprisingly well, and although there are occasions when its output doesn’t seem to make any sense, 9 times out of 10 it’s impressively accurate. It does a great job of pulling the most important information from a story and presenting it in a format ready for tweeting.
The app is usually just $0.99, but it’s on sale for a limit time to promote the upcoming Trimit bookmarklet, which will allow you to summarize webpages while you’re browsing the web on your desktop.