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Blog Topic #7: The Friendships at ActiveRain. - 10/30/06 02:54 PM
As time goes by it's amazing to see the friendships that develop, and are enhanced here on ActiveRain. People that wouldn't know each other, or would only be in contact rarely are able to keep in touch here on a daily basis. I know for me personally I find it heartening just to observe the friendships of others grow. I've developed an affinity for many of you, even if I don't talk to you much. It seems as though, through the blogs, a character is definitely seen. Perhaps that might be different from an experience in the real world, perhaps that (37 comments)
ActiveRain back online after hardware failure - 10/30/06 12:27 AM
Many people trying to access ActiveRain today were greeted with an message saying the site was down and that we had experienced a hardware failure. We're back up now, but here is what happened... Early this morning I was woken up by our hosting provider down in Texas. I was informed that multiple hard drives on our database server had failed. We have a redundant array of hard drives (RAID) on the server so if one goes down another one should take its place without an interruption in service. For some unknown reason multiple drives failed in a very short period of (39 comments)
ActiveRain meeting NAR New Orleans - Sat. Nov 11th, 8:00 am - 10/26/06 03:05 PM
Thanks to Teri Isner for helping organize. We are going to have an informal meeting of ActiveRain members down at the NAR conference in New Orleans. This will give us a chance to actually meet in person instead of simply via the Internet. All of break out sessions on Saturday start at 9:00, so an hour before that at 8:00 am is an optimal time. As Teri pointed out there should be plenty of open tables at or next to the International Room. Time: Saturday, Nov. 11th, 8:00 am Location: International Room, near trade show floor Related posts: NAR UPDATE for Active Rain NAR (8 comments)
Costume Contest! - 10/26/06 02:50 AM
Let's have a party! An on-line party that is. Charles Richey suggested this and it looks like many of you agree. We're holding a costume contest right here on this post. We're looking for the best Halloween Costumes in The ActiveRain Community. Let's see those photo's folks. Matt and I will be judges for the competition for the best costume. Please submit your entry by October 31st. The winner will receive 300 points. Your party suggestions are welcomed. Update: The party is at Charles and Jaqulyn's Place. (62 comments)
Blog and Comment Update Alerts - 10/25/06 12:45 PM
Comment AlertsThanks to Gena Riede's awesome patience and persistence, we've uncovered and fixed a bug that was preventing some of you from being notified of comment and blog updates. It seems that whether or not you had the box checked to be emailed these updates they weren't being sent. This morning we updated the site with a fix and if you weren't before, you should now be receiving them. You can modify how messages are delivered to you. When you are logged in on the left side of the screen is a link that reads "Settings." Clicking on that page will (3 comments)
Reaching Out - 10/23/06 05:11 PM
For some time now ActiveRain has been working toward bettering your experience on The Network and helping you connect with each other. Through your suggestions we have made a very large list of updates and changes. We continually work on this and as we see it this is a never ending process.Helping You Connect With Buyers and Sellers.We are however taking a slight curve away from that focus. In the spirit of enabling you to do your business we are creating channels to help you target the public in your local markets. These changes will mostly benefit those of you that (25 comments)
Your towns? - 10/23/06 04:42 PM
To kick off our categories launch the current blog topic is about where we live.I remember that when we first launched blogging tools I would read other member's posts on their cities. The things they loved, the popular things, they included beautiful descriptions and cities. One I really loved was written by Sharon Lyons about Carolina Beach, NC.For the blog topic I'd like to hear more about the places that you work and live. What are your cities like? How do visitors see it? How is it different for locals? Please be sure to categorize your posts with the region tags. (22 comments)
Blog categories - Where should I put my post? - 10/21/06 02:33 PM
Here's a description of the various categories blog posts can be put assist others in finding them. There is no requirement to add a post to a category, or sub category. If you don't feel you post fits in one of the categories don't add it, people can still view your post. Many posts may fit in more than one sub category, but choose the one that fits best. For Real Estate Professionals: Posts who's target audience is others in the real estate industry such as agents, loan officer, title, etc. Do NOT add posts that are indended for buyers and sellers (38 comments)
New blog categories and regional blog display - 10/21/06 01:50 PM
About 3:00 am PST the proposed blog category changes went into effect. Instead of the previous 5 categories there are two main categories, "For Real Estate Professionals" and "For Consumers" each with a set of sub categories. This new category system is to help people efficiently find the posts they want to read as the amount of posts made by our members grow. For real estate professionals and sub categories: For Consumers and sub categories: It's important to note that you do NOT have to add a post to a category or a sub category for it to be publicly visible on the (21 comments)
Proposed blog category changes - 10/19/06 02:13 PM
Based on feedback we are going to try to be more pro-active in getting members involved in updates to the system before we make them. This will prevent people from being so surprised when something changes and also get feedback before implementing a change. One of the changes we plan to make in the next several days is changing the current categories/channels that blog posts can be added to. Current it looks like: Instead we are going to change it to, two categories with several sub categories. For Real Estate Professionals ActiveRain CommunityIndustry NewsTips, Tricks and AdviceReal Estate OpinionsOff topic, humor, etcAdvertisingFor Consumers General Information and AdviceRegional (38 comments)
Personalized ActiveRain referral cards - 10/19/06 02:13 PM
So we've gotten several questions about what were up to, to help promote the ActiveRain Real Estate Network at the big NAR conference in New Orleans. We'll here it is, or at least one of the things :) We've designed personalized "referral cards" for our members. It's essentially a stylish business card that on one side has a little advertisement for ActiveRain (with your referral URL) and on the other it has your name, picture, and link to your profile (which has your contact information). Here's what they look like...
So if you are planning to go to NAR (or not for (37 comments)
Changes Coming To Blog Limits. - 10/16/06 08:28 PM
Trying to keep up? There will be an update to our blogging engine coming down the pipe. Starting Sunday post point limits will be set at 10 posts per week scored at 200 points each. We welcome you posting more, automated scoring will be limited to 10 per week. The scheduled week will be Sunday through Saturday Central Standard Time. Additional posts may still receive points manually per current practices. It should be noted that the number of points awarded based on quality will be increased to offset the reduced number of scored posts. We will still be selecting featured posts. (67 comments)
Combating the SPAM problem - 10/13/06 03:46 PM
We are currently working as fast as we can to battle the spamming problem that has seemed to pop up on this network in the last week or so. There will be several updates going up today to help with this problem. This may cause a few minutes of down time throughout the day. A couple of members have been permanently BANNED for using the system to send unsolicited emails. This is not something we take lightly and we will deal with the problem in the best manner possible. If you want to network with other members, sending unsolicited emails is not a (44 comments)
Tonights Seattle ActiveRain get together - ***UPDATE*** - 10/11/06 06:47 PM
Well at the last minute plans are changing, we unfortunatly called ahead about the wrong night and there is a concert going on at the planned meeting spot. We are frantically look for another location in the same area. Will be calling members who had said they were going to make it shortly with an updated location in the same neighborhood. Sorry about this... -Matt (12 comments)
Reminder: Seattle ActiveRain get together Wednesday evening - 10/10/06 11:30 PM
Just wanted to make one last post about this in case anybody forgot or didn't see the previous posts. ActiveRain members (and non members) are invited to meet up tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at Buckley's in Seattle. Caleb, James and myself will arrive by 6:00 and I've heard from quite a few members that plan on making it. I'm looking forward to meeting some members in person... -Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO) (4 comments)
Associate blog groups - 10/08/06 08:00 PM
This morning we made a couple changes to a feature that many members never knew existed but judging from the reaction many members rely on. That feature is called "associate" blogs. Under your profile you can create groups that you can add member's to, in ActiveRain speak these are associate groups. For instance under my profile I have created 3 groups of associates, "ActiveRain Staff", "ActiveRain Evangalizers" and "Favorite Bloggers" (see screenshot below) Up until this morning there was a link below each associate group that allowed you to view the blog posts mode by the members of this group. In this (20 comments)
Upgrading search functionality shortly - 10/06/06 05:11 PM
We are going to make another attempt at upgrading the blog search functionality on ActiveRain shortly (4:00 pst Friday) Outside of 3:00 am when none of our brains are working this is the time of lowest usage. If everything goes correctly it should only cause a minute of downtime, but last time it didn't exactly go as planned. Just in case I would recommend composing any blog posts in an outside application and then pasting them in to avoid loosing work. -Matt Heaton (24 comments)
Who's going to NAR New Orleans - 10/05/06 12:11 AM
There's been a couple post about this over the last month or two, but now that the date is just a little over a month off I was curious who's going to "NARdi GRAS", this years NAR convention. It's taking place November 10th-13th and more information can be found here... The reason I'm asking is that both Caleb and myself will be down there over that period and would love to meet up with any Rainer's that are able to make it. We also have an interesting plan to promote ActiveRain at the conference but we need to get a list of (24 comments)
Blog bookmarking - 10/03/06 12:48 AM
Several members asked for an easy way to bookmark posts to read later, so we just implemented it... Now at the bottom of each blog post next to the rating control a "Bookmark" icon will appear (if logged in). Clicking on the "Bookmark" icon will add the post to your onsite bookmarks and change the logo to "Bookmarked" Clicking on a "Bookmarked" link will take you to a list of your bookmarks, which is also accessable from the left hand navigation of your "My Home" or profile pages.
-Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO) (40 comments)
Seattle ActiveRain get together, Oct. 11th at Buckley's - 10/02/06 12:12 AM
A few weeks ago there was a thread about doing an informal get together to ActiveRain members in the Seattle area. I'm finally making an executive decision here and we're going to meet up the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 11th at Buckley's on Queen Anne. Buckley's is a fairly quite neighborhood restaurant and pub. Anyways I'll be there, and ActiveRain members are invited to show up and talk, network and chat. If you thing there is a good chance that you'll be there, please reply by commenting on this post so I can get an idea of who might be there. Maybe (22 comments)
Contest #1: And we have a winner - 10/01/06 12:02 PM
Back on August 15th we started a contest to see who could come closest to guessing the number of members we'd have on the ActiveRain Real Estate Network on the beginning of October. At the time of the contest starting (82 days after launch) we had 3,158 members. At the stroke of midnight last night, 45 days later we had 6,306 members. There were only 3 members that came within 200 of the correct guess, and amazingly 1st and 2nd place was only seperated by a 1 signup margin. So without further ado, here is you top ActiveRain psychics... 1st: Mitchell Hall (6,316) Margin (25 comments)
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