BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has bought Gist, a company focused on making it easier to find important information from your contacts.

The idea behind Gist is that the service automatically identifies your contacts from your email, social networking, phone, and other accounts. It then provides you with the latest information from those contacts including social networking news feeds, blog posts, tweets, and other data.

There are Gist plugins for web browsers, Gmail, Outlook, and other services that let you see data from contacts while you’re checking your email, visitin social networking sites, or performing other actions where your contacts pop up. TGist also offers iPhone and Android apps which let you view your contacts’ information on a mobile device.

Research in Motion and Gist aren’t saying how the company plans to use Gist’s technology for future BlackBerry devices and services, but it should be interesting to see what happens next. It’s not clear at the moment whether this means gist will only be available to users with BlackBerry devices in the future.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...