Microsoft Vine is Twitter for Emergencies
Microsoft has an early beta of a new product called Vine. Currently available for beta testers in Seattle, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a location-aware social networking application focused on being a robust means of local communication thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll work even in times of emergency.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a desktop client (available for Windows only), and you can also post to it via e-mail or SMS. It gathers local news from 20,000 sources and displays it on a map. It lets you post alerts (short messages) and reports (longer posts). Finally, it integrates with Facebook, while Twitter integration will be added at a later date.
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