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Acciyo

Automatic context for any news article

Developed at MIT, Acciyo is a Google Chrome Extension that uses NLP to populate a timeline of previous articles published on the news subject you’re currently reading, kind of like the previous "chapters" of a news story.
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Hey Product Hunt! Anum here, one of the co-founders of Acciyo along with the true maker @diepv. We started Acciyo out of a shared mission to make news easier to understand, something rooted in our former lives as journalists and future of news researchers. Living in a 24-hour news cycle has led to more content being published than we can ever consume, and while there are a plethora of news summaries and newsletters that help you get the gist of the story … if you haven’t been following that topic, it’s nearly impossible to process the information beyond a surface-level understanding. Our design research showed just how many of us end up down these rabbit holes of tab hell trying to piece together the historical knowledge needed. So, we took on the technical challenge of using NLP to provide you with that context automatically. Acciyo is a browser plugin that, upon landing on a news article, populates a timeline of articles previously published the topic you’re currently reading. Now, no matter when a topic becomes headline news, you can go back in time to understand how the narrative has unfolded over time and be an actually informed citizen. While we’re still in private beta, we’re excited to share this beta first with the Product Hunt community. Feel free to reach out or drop us a comment below on any thoughts, feedback, or questions. Anum P.S. Yes, the name is derived from “accio,” the Latin word, and more importantly the Harry Potter spell, that means “to summon.” We like to think it involves a bit of magic ✨
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Mike Volpe
CEO at Lola.com
In the increasingly fast paced news cycle and fragmented media world, this is really helpful to figure out the true context of news.
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@mvolpe Our thoughts exactly. Getting to that context is more difficult than ever, but we hope to surface it for you quickly.
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I’m really happy about the effectiveness and efficiency of this groundbreaking product.
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@luke_joseph Thank you so much for the kind words, Luke.
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Love this. I’ve little time to catch up on what’s happening in the news, but I get real FOMO if I don’t. This will make things way easier!
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@jessicameher Thanks for sharing Jess! It’s truly overwhelming - especially when you’re trying to catch up on a topic you’re behind on.
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Chauncey TK Hamilton
Operations Manager, First Round
Acciyo has been a game changer for how I consume news -- their chrome extension has allowed me to get up to speed on a developing news story more quickly and cut through the noise. Congrats to @anum and @diepv on the launch!
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@diepv @imchauncey Thank you for believing in us and supporting us along the journey, Chauncey!
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Matt Holsinger
Owner, Enthrallogy Marketing
I, for one, will be happy not to to manually do this anymore.
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@mattholsinger Doing so manually can cost a lot of time and wasted effort - we've seen dozens of users go through this taxing process. Enjoy using Acciyo instead!
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Ben EastonDeveloper, Entrepreneur, Health
Love the idea! I'm always wanting to catch up on news topics that I completely missed
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@the_beaston Same! I remember how behind in the news cycle I felt when net neutrality first became a big subject in the news.
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Excited to use this! Struggle to keep up with all the news happening around the world and feel as though I rely often on headlines.
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@shamir_tanna1 Completely understand, Shamir. We hope we can make it easier for you to explore a topic more deeply!
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The product looks awesome! Does it work for sites in Spanish?
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@carlanudel Thanks Carla! Given this is all done through natural language processing, right now we’ve been fully focused on getting the AI right in English. 🤞🏾 we can get to more languages.
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@anum I hope so! congratulations on the project =)
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@carlanudel Thank you so much!
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Anuj Adhiya
Engagement/Analytics at GrowthHackers
Anything that makes me more productive is 👍. That @anum is behind it makes it a no brainier 🙌
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@anujadhiya You’re too sweet, Anuj!
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