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Tech Thursday: Are we Facebooked Out? Try Facebook Messenger

In the mortgage banking industry, many of us use Facebook to connect with colleagues, clients, and prospects. And it’s safe to say we all use text messaging for the same purpose. Now, Facebook is making communication even easier with a brand-new mobile app to take the place of text messaging.

The new app, Facebook Messenger

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Tech Thursday: Facebook Throws Right Hook at Google+

After Google announced their highly anticipated social network Google+, it was only a matter of time before social networking giant Facebook came back with something strong to continue their reign as the biggest player in the social networking space.

According to the Huffington Post, Mark Zuckerberg promised “something awesome” for a conference that was held yesterday… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Google Launches Google+ Social Network


After word leaked out about an internal memo from a senior executive from Google warning the company of how behind they were in the social networking space, Google has finally launched its much-anticipated social network—Google+.

The real question to be asked is: Can Google+ really compete with the social networking giants Facebook and Twitter, which completely dominate… Continue reading

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Social Media and Weinergate: Use Common Sense

The New York Times’ social media policy is simple: “Use common sense and don’t be stupid.” Let the recent online mistakes of New York congressman Roger Weiner remind us all of a few common-sense social media do’s and dont’s.

What businesses and employees can learn from Weinergate:

Do have a social media policy for your business. “Employees need to be reminded that their behavior online is subject to… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Wall Street, Welcome to Web 2.0

Wall Street, welcome to Web 2.0: Morgan Stanley is officially the first Wall Street firm to allow its employees to use social media interactively.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney will begin to roll out the use of LinkedIn and Twitter in June, and hopes to have the sites available to all of its 18,000 advisers in the next few months. The company said it is working to make Facebook available… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: The Power of Technology (Good and Evil)

This week, FNC’s Nick Wanzenried revisited technology’s not-so-distant past1 in his post 2001: A Mortgage Technology Odyssey. In 2001, Nick recalled, the mortgage process itself was performed by pushing paper around. Ten years later, almost every step of the mortgage process includes automation or technological assistance of some sort.

Inman News presented tech personality Robert X. Cringely2 with a set of questions3 about technology’s “good and evil” effects… Continue reading

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Game-Changer of the Week: Google +1

Google’s +1 (say plus-one) button “is shorthand for ‘this is pretty cool’ or ‘you should check this out.’ Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval.” From Google.com: Recommendations when you want them.

The +1 effort, Google’s latest attempt at social networking, won’t replace Google search results. Instead, +1 allows users to publicly recommend websites to their Google/Gmail contacts.

Sound familiar? It’s inspired by… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday (on Friday): Social Media During Japan Quake (and other tech bytes)

“Is social media truly entering our social DNA to the point that for a significant number of people it is part of their reflex response to emergency?” Dartmouth’s Ano Lobb

Today, the Japan earthquake and tsunami proved that Twitter has become the go-to emergency communication service. As Japan lost phone services (less than an hour after the quake), the number of tweets from Tokyo topped 1,200 per minute. Twitter users… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: Hello Facebook, Goodbye Traditional Company Websites?

Will Facebook replace the traditional company-branded website?

The social networking’s commercial director in the U.K., Stephen Haines, says Facebook will soon make company websites all but obsolete. He supported this argument with statistics from large companies like Starbucks and Coca-Cola: More people recently “liked” those companies on Facebook than visited their websites.

It’s not hard to imagine a future where companies would interact with customers solely through Facebook… Continue reading

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Tech Thursday: How is Quora useful for real estate/mortgage industry professionals?

Question: How is Quora useful for real estate/mortgage industry professionals?

Answer: First, some background. The “online information market” Quora is a crowdsourced question-and-answer site whose value is information. “In essence, Quora takes the best of the social web and seeks to build a solid platform for sharing topical information,” writes Damond Nollan.

Ask the Quora community What are the best iPad apps for… Continue reading

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