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21 September 2010

The REport

Think the real estate industry is one of the more social media savvy industries out there?  Think again!

A new report from NetProspex ranks real estate at 28 out of 50, below such industries as “cleaning products” and “pet products.”  Not surprisingly, “advertising & marketing” and “search engines/online portals” topped the list.  Let’s rally and get our industry in the top ten next year!

Have you noticed Twitter’s new look?  The micro blogging site has undergone a makeover which consists of a new two pane layout and the ability to embed videos and photos.  Another aspect of the redesign provides additional information about each post–profile, geographic info, past tweets– on the main page.  The 140-character limit somehow does not seem as restricting.

Flickr has passed a milestone: the five billionth photo has been uploaded to the site!  If you think this is impressive, keep in mind that Facebook users post 220 million new pictures each week.  So Facebook posts five billion photos about every 23 weeks.

In other picture news, albeit moving pictures, movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has added new social tools so users can see the opinions of their Facebook friends immediately.  Now the difficult part is finding which of your friends has good taste in films…

Think you are cramped on an airplane now?  Enter the SkyRider seat, which would reduce the space between rows of seatbacks to just 23 inches. Sit tight to see if any airliners adopt these.

Have a celebrity you would like to communicate to?  You may be in luck with TwitChange, the first-ever celebrity Twitter auction. Bidders can choose to be followed, retweeted or mentioned by the celebrity.  All money goes to aHomeInHaiti.org, which will rebuild a home for children with cerebral palsy, severe autism and other disabilities.  If you were hoping for John Mayer, though, you are out of luck as he abruptly quit Twitter last week. What are his 3.7 million followers to do?

Card 2.0?  If Dynamics has its way, we will all soon be carrying around one “futuristic” credit card which can tie multiple accounts to the same card and offer better security. Sounds cool!

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