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Social Media Daily News – April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011

Good morning. The Department of Homeland Security plans to use Facebook and Twitter to alert the public of terror warnings. The move comes as more people rely on social networks for real-time news. In a twist of all things social, Facebook decided to open up their server systems for hardware design. This is a very bold move for the company, as they are looking at improving the open source information by sharing it with the world developers. The real estate industry is no stranger to social networking. From apps, to real-time video tours the industry has truly been changed through social integration. Twitter announced a 41% increase in tweets in Q1 this year, and they are now seeing 155 million tweets per day. Enjoy.

I. Homeland Security Taps Twitter, Facebook For New Alert System, techcrunch.com, April 7, 2011
II. Facebook Shares Server Design, wsj.com, April 8, 2011
III. How the Real Estate Industry Is Using Social Media, mashable.com, April 7, 2011`
IV. Twitter Tweets Some Big Q1 Stats; 155 Million Tweets A Day Now, techcrunch.com, April 6, 2011
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I. Homeland Security Taps Twitter, Facebook For New Alert System, techcrunch.com, April 7, 2011
http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/07/homeland-security-taps-twitter-facebook-for-new-alert-system/
The Department of Homeland Security plans to use Twitter and Facebook to warn citizens about threats with its new National Terrorism Advisory System. The new program will in part replace the old color-coded system, put in place following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, that’s being phased out. Please RT, etc.

II. Facebook Shares Server Design, wsj.com, April 8, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704013604576248953972500040.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLE_Video_Top
Facebook Inc. said it would share details for its new server systems and computer rooms with other companies, hoping to set off what it characterized as an open movement for hardware design. Many tech companies, such as Google Inc., keep key details about their computing infrastructure confidential. But Facebook said it will publish technical specifications for a new data center it built from scratch in Prineville, Ore.—including details of the computers, power supplies, server racks, battery backup systems and building design.

III. How the Real Estate Industry Is Using Social Media, mashable.com, April 7, 2011
http://mashable.com/2011/04/06/real-estate-social-media-infographic/
The real estate industry has seen a number of social media innovations over the past few years. Real estate pros are using social media to provide online property tours, schedule showings and showcase local expertise. Alexis Lamster, VP of customers at Postling and creator of the infographic below, told us that the company analyzed more than 500 Posting accounts specific to real estate and more than 7,000 small business accounts to extract information on how the real estate industry is using social media.

IV. Twitter Tweets Some Big Q1 Stats; 155 Million Tweets A Day Now, techcrunch.com, April 6, 2011
http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/06/twitter-q1-stats/
Since the first quarter just ended, Twitter’s PR team decided to tweet updates stats regarding the state of Twitter today. Of them, the biggest is that Twitter saw a 41 percent increase in tweets per day (and a 38 percent increase in the U.S.) for the quarter.

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