Private groups and other enhancements

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Private groups are here!  We just released them along with several enhancements to the existing group features on ActiveRain.  The three main improvements were, the addition of private groups, the ability to invite members to a group, and categories to help people find groups to join.  Details on all of these below...

Private Groups

Private groups are groups that are only accessible to members of that group.  New members must either be approved or invited by the group administrator(s) before they are granted access to view the messages in the group or post.  For example you might want to create a private group for your office, your company, or your group of friends.

Creating a Private Group

You can create a private group in much the same way you create a normal group and you can also change a existing public group to make it private.

When someone who is not a member visits a private group they get the following message


If they request to join the group the request goes to the administrator(s) ActiveRain Inbox and to their email notifying them a new member wants in. 

When a members application is approved or rejected they are also notified in their inbox and via email. 

One key difference with the private groups is unlike existing groups, blog posts can not be added as posts within the group for reasons of commentor privacy. 

Invitations to Groups

The second key enhancement to groups is members can now send invitations to other ActiveRain members to join the group. 


If you don't know a persons user-name it is visible on the top of their profile or displayed in the profile search.

Group Catagories

We also added the ability to groups to be categorized allowing them to be found easier.  There are about 20 categories ranging from "General - Market", to "Companies - Real Estate", to "Regional - NW US"  If you are a group administrator you can easily edit your group and put it in an appropriate category to help it be found.

Browsing groups "General - Blogging"


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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
Change is a good thing!....I think??
May 21, 2007 12:59 AM #38
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the community. Thanks for the update 

May 21, 2007 01:33 AM #39
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
I rejoined the Out of the Box Group.  I realized it was a rain burp after I saw TLW was locked out.
May 21, 2007 02:26 AM #40
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~
thank you for the update.
May 21, 2007 05:21 AM #41
Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
Very very good.  Thanks for doing this and for updating us.
May 21, 2007 06:47 AM #42
Bryant Tutas
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc - Poinciana, FL
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
OK I'm going to start my own group and only invite me:) I'm going to name it "Lonely hearts club"
May 21, 2007 07:53 AM #43
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

LOL @ Blog Boy (Broker Bryant)

Awe. Come on. Let me join your ME...ME...ME group :)

May 21, 2007 08:00 AM #44
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

I have a question about the new feature. I notice a lot of people do not like to post directly to groups due to not receiving any points.

Will this still be a factor in the private groups?

May 21, 2007 08:20 AM #45
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
Thank you for this feature.  It will go a long way in eliminating group spam.  Will the group posting limit be raised or eliminated as a result, I wonder?
May 21, 2007 08:54 AM #46
Luther Harrity - Saint John, Rothesay, Hampton, New Brunswick Real Esate
Royal LePage Atlantic/Harrity Real Estate Services - Saint John, NB
Thanks for the new features! Great to see active rain growing up!
May 21, 2007 10:00 AM #47
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Thanks for the improvements - this should help out quite a bit with misposted articles.
May 21, 2007 10:17 AM #48
Lisa Dunn
Edina Realty - Minneapolis, MN
Hmmm, if you have to be invited, does that mean if I'm not invited I could potentially miss out on a lot of great posts that are only posted to the group?
May 21, 2007 11:30 AM #49
Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA
Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract) - Allentown, PA

I thought the 5 group post max handled the SPAM issue.  What's the real purpose of the 'private groups'?

Time will tell.  I see little upside. (other than cliques that want TRUE 'MEMBERSHIP ONLY' communications).


May 21, 2007 09:57 PM #50
Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA
Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract) - Allentown, PA

Note that 'MY' group is OPEN  TO ALL !!!!!!!!!!!


Read the rules on the left.


May 21, 2007 09:58 PM #51
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
Yes, I can see how this makes for comfortable and others scratch their heads and ask why did you do this. It all works out in the wash.
May 26, 2007 02:11 PM #52
Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA
Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract) - Allentown, PA

Fact that Susan.

 And feel free to join my group :^)  It's not a Private Country Club... fo fees, no 'jackets required' for men and skirts below the knee for women.

May 26, 2007 02:26 PM #53
Nima Rezvan
Nima Rezvan Prospect Mortgage NMLS#110681 - Fairfield, CT
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA 203k - CT Mortgage

Good morning Active Rain and Matt,

I just made a group of mine Private but now I want to make it public again and it won't switch back.  I will also send you an email as well. 

Your Active Rain Mortgage Man,

Nima Rezvan

May 29, 2007 08:31 AM #54
Timothy Schwartz
Century 21 Mack Morris Iris Lurie - Marlboro Twp, NJ is not private and is open to anyone who wishes to expand their vocabulary.


May 29, 2007 12:53 PM #55
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
'Seems to me that this would be perfect for an office to communicate within...
Jun 12, 2007 10:47 AM #56
Lucky Lang
Mel Foster Co. - Davenport, IA
SRES, Davenport, Iowa Real Estate

Who are these wackos that keep spamming dozens of blogs on AR?  They even have the stupidity to spam AR's Official Blog?  :)

I say we find them, skin them, and hang them with their "bachelor of arts degrees"!

What do you think, AR?

Lucky :)

Jul 17, 2009 06:48 AM #57
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