There's an interesting quiet revolution going on around the Active Rain network. A simple notification showed up on my e-mail server. I had totally forgotten about the fact that I'd signed up for this website....probably after reading a recommendation to do so.
After a few submission, I gave up. It seemed my efforts had dropped into a fathomless dark hole. I was the only one it seemed digging my stuff...embarrassing. It was worse than being ignored...this was the ultimate snub...the fate accorded to articles deemed utterly irrelevant. If you haven't figured it out...I'm talking about digg.
Recently, I started getting e-mail notifications...sometimes several a day... from bloggers here at Active Rain who for whatever inexplicable reasons were re-connecting with digg. I did a search Active Rain to see what was going on...it was as though this long forgotten networking forum was experiencing a Resurrection. At this point the miracle of the resurrection seems limited to bloggers simply refreshing their digg profiles, poking around to see who else is there, dropping a few shout outs and perhaps becoming a fan or friend to another member.
Most of the folks are not doing a lot with their profiles probably for the same reason I dropped out after initially registering mine. We're all a little sqeemish about being ignored! But...we may be missing a unique opportunity here. Roberta Murphy's post about driving traffic to Active Rain is well worth reading. So are these:
Need Help from Everyone at Active Rain by Ken Smith
Digg.com by Maureen Francis
Did you know that there's even a New Digg-LIKE service for real estate professionals?
If you're perplexed by all the DIGGING going on...read Elizabeth Chris Griffin's article and the comment thread about feeling as though she was suddenly being digged to death!
I just completed a search to see what was popular on the topic real estate on digg. With the Exception of an article on "Real Estate in Dubai" which had over 1400 diggs, most other blog posts on real estate looked a little lonely and forlorn...1-2 diggs. And...the guy who wrote the fascinating article on Dubai is NOT even a real estate agent. It seems like we may be missing a huge opportunity to get our own stories out! What do you think? Do you Digg?
Other Digg Notable Mentions about Real Estate
New Commercial Real Estate Web 2.0 Start-up - 11 diggs
Article by RIS Media on Launch of Zolve.com - 2 diggs - I found this low number surprising as RIS is a major Internet media outlet. Digg obviously has different rules about what is considered popular and worth reading. But the fact remains, this medium is shaping the context of the conversation about a number of topics...real estate included.
After going through page after page of real estate related digg submissions...there were more than 500 in all with 1,2 or 3 diggs...it became depressing. I'm wondering, why aren't real estate professionals supporting ourselves on this forum, yet we continue to submit articles. It seems to me that we've chosen to allow other people to tell our story on a forum which has tremendous amplification potential.
The photo in this post is from my experimentation with a new photoshop program. It's unfinished. Is this what we're doing by submitting hundreds of articles to digg without supporting other real estate writers...particularly bloggers who we know write good stuff from Active Rain? To me it feels like we're posting an unfinished picture...not entirely committed to what it will take to be truly relevant in a Web 2.0 world. Hey, I'd digg your thoughts...
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