Friday, March 11, 2011
Articles we found interesting, the week of March 7, 2011

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

  • The 411 for when You're 404: TechCrunch reports on a whitepaper by Microsoft and Psychster that details how companies (and by extension, government organizations) can use Twitter to communicate when their sites go down.
  • Whose House? 25 - 44 Year-Olds' House! Take a look at this chart detailing the demographics of various social media sites. And then keep that in mind when you're planning a campaign that targets one of these audiences.
  • Don't Forget the Milk, Or Your Parking Meter! Mashable reports on the company Neer, which has an app that allows users to receive location-based reminders.  Could be useful for government agencies to help people remember to renew a fishing license (when they're at the favorite spot near the river) for example.  Or to move their car before a meter runs out.
  • House Republicans Move on Net Neutrality. Here is the official Committee Press Release, and here are write-ups by (alphabetically): The American Propsect, Computer World, PC Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.


Dan Chenok



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