Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
How to Expand Shortened URL's and Avoid Viruses and Scams
Have you ever noticed how most pickpockets hang out in busy urban areas? Well our Social Networks are the new urban areas, with scam artists lurking around every corner waiting to catch you distracted so they can rip you off. If you are savvy about your privacy online you can avoid a lot of these headaches. But for real estate agents and other professionals who rely on building new relationships we often have a tough time ignoring the scam artists because we fear we may be losing a possible lead. Sure, that mindset is a recipe for disaster, but that is a topic for another day.
For now we'll focus on how to determine if you should follow the link that someone just sent you, or if you should avoid it like the plague. If you're on Twitter you are probably familiar with strange URL's that look like jibberish. There are a number of services available to shorten your URLs for linking on Twitter, like bit.ly, tinyurl, and now even ActiveRain will shorten your blog post URL. Here is an example from my Twitter page of a shortened URL:
This was an automated tweet, generated by my Facebook page wall. The Facebook application for Twitter automatically shortens the link URL so you end up with the link above, http://fb.me/QNY8vtys . Now, if you are already a fan of my Facebook page or a follower of my Twitter page you probably wouldn't worry much about following the link. But if that same URL came to you in a direct message or an @mention from someone you don't really know, or just in the results of your search on Twitter then you might be hesitant to follow it.
Follow the wrong link and you can open yourself up to the worst scam artists the internet has to offer. Do yourself (and your computer) a favor and take steps to protect yourself from these malicious attacks disguised as harmless shortened URL's. Next time you are unsure about a shortened URL, try out a free service from LongURL.org . Just type or paste in the shortened URL, click expand, and see what that link is really all about.
You'll be able to see the full URL, the page title, site redirects, meta description, content type, and in some cases a screenshot. So the next time someone posts that irresistible message saying "hey Mike, is this really you in this video?" you can find out if the link will lead you to a good laugh or a nightmare of identity theft!
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.