Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

Editor's note: In an increasingly competitive marketplace, brokers and agents are trying new things to gain an edge. In this four-part series, Inman News offers a look at new tools available for Realtors, including online communication plug-ins, online video and single-property Web site marketing. (Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.) Maybe you haven't used Jaxtr, Jott, Meebo, Pinger and Twitter. In fact, maybe you haven't heard of them. They are not: alien planets discovered on "Star Trek"; nicknames for illicit pharmaceuticals; new cable television networks; or Pokemon pals. They are: new ways to communicate. Instant-messaging, text-messaging, voice-messaging and e-mail-messaging technologies are a hotbed for communications mashups, and these companies among others are supplying the "a...