Editor’s note: Tweet Estate Update is a recurring feature that taps into real estate-related Twitter talk, tidbits, turmoil and "twitticisms."

Twitter posts were flowing about TechFest 2009, the seventh annual "gathering of the most forward-thinking and innovative minds from independently built and maintained real estate multiple listing services."

Jasmine Ruthdotter (@bubbleessence), a project manager for Oregon’s Regional Multiple Listing Service, told Garron Selliken (@garrons), founder of M Realty and Homequest, "Your new way of defining neighborhoods was mentioned in #mlsfest this morning. Sounds exciting."

Ruthdotter also tweeted, "Interesting discussions on indexing. Looking at an INCREDIBLY fast MLS system right now! 8 (milliseconds), who knew?"

Concerning a possible bailout of the FDIC by banks, Darnell Clayton (@darnell) quipped, "Banks to bailout the government? What could go wrong? #FDIC."

Luetta (@Luetta), a real estate blogger, wrote, "Why not? They are turning over loans to asset management companies because they can’t manage their own ASSets!"

Trackur (@trackur) is offering $8,000 worth of prizes in a Twitter contest for responses to "questions that are as easy to answer as Trackur is to use." The company is releasing two questions per weekday through Oct. 1 — the contest began Sept. 23.

"Panelists believe that we are going to see cram-down come back via legislation in the residential real estate," noted Robert Hahn (@robhahn), a blogger attending the Five Star Default Servicing Conference (#5star)– the U.S. Senate shot down mortgage cram-down legislation back in March (see Inman News story).

Vicki Moore (@VickiMoore), a San Mateo, Calif., Realtor and blogger; Mark Thomas (@TriangleNCRE), president of Weichert, Realtors Mark Thomas Properties in Durham, N.C.; and Marsha Collier (@MarshaCollier) all joined a number of others on wefollow.com and followformation.com, sites that seek to match Twitter users ("tweeters") who share interests. Followformation is the newer app, recently released from Aer Marketing Inc., "a must try — like it better than wefollow." Collier stated.

"I found this great app for Facebook that displays your listing on the sidebar!" shared Marvin Jensen (@mvjensen), a broker in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marc Davison (@1000wattmarc) joined the conversation about lists of interesting and/or influential real estate individuals using Twitter — one list by Stefan Swanepoel (@Swanepoel) and another by Dustin Luther (@4realz). "So what is influence? I have spent the day researching it," Davison tweeted. Frances Flynn Tho (@FrancesFlynnTho) offered, "How (can) influential be measured?"

Loren Nason (@lorennason) defined interesting as, "having a real personality and not one made up for marketing purposes." And Davison responded, "that would automatically remove many from that list."

Liz Frantz is a journalism student and guest contributor to Inman News.


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