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.
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Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
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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!
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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
Isn't it great to have a camera with you all the time - yes I'm
talking about the one on your phone. The current generation of phones
take decent pictures. You can capture moments to remember as easily as
reaching in your pocket (or purse) for your phone and click away! But
besides viewing the photos just on your phone, you want to see them
nice and big in a slideshow on
your computer screen and share the best ones.
You know how it goes though. Dig out the good old USB cable and go
through the hoops to find and copy the files from your phone to your
computer... turns into "... I'll just
do it later" (turns into way later or never). Well let me introduce you to the
instant upload feature in google+ app on your phone (Android/iPhone).
Your photos are automatically instantly uploaded to "the cloud" for you and all you
have to do is go to your google+ photos page to view them
(look ma! no
USB cables!). Important to note, these photos are visible ONLY TO YOU
(they are not public, don't worry). Instant upload also includes any
video clips that you have taken also.
After viewing them online, you can pick the best shots and share them to your google+
simply by clicking on specific photos to SELECT THEM and then clicking the share button
(or you can click the "add to album" button to create a little more
organized container to share the photos by). Either way, your friends
will be able to experience some of the great moments from your day.
To get started, you first need to install the
google+ app on your phone. Once you have installed it, go into the
settings screen on the app to check a couple of things. First, make sure
that "instant upload" is turned on. Next, set to
upload when on wi-fi only if
you are concerned about going over your carrier data quota for data
used. This way works just fine. When you are home (or your other
favorite hot spot), that is when your photos will be uploaded to the
cloud. That's also the time you are at your regular computer anyway and
the time that you want to view them on the larger screen. (note: I have
found that usually 5 to 10 minutes from when I am on my hot spot, I can go
online and find them. The app also notifies you when the new photos are
up.) Android, the uploads happen in the background
automatically whether google+ app is running or not. On an iPhone, I
understand that you may have to simply open the G+ app for the photos
sync to initiate. (iPhone users, I'm sure you will test and let me
know how that goes!)
Now iPhone, I realize you have
"Photo Stream" as a part of iOS 5. This is good too. Once you have
set it up, your photos instantly sync to all your devices (including
your Mac or PC computer). Once they download to your computer, they are
kept without expiration. However, these files are only kept on the cloud
for 30 days and caps at a count of 1000. Google has you on that feature
though. For Google, there is no time expiration or total count to max
out at. In either case, there is no cost for these services and you
should be using one OR both. Now you at least you know you have a choice
(but you don't have to tell me that you didn't know about photo stream
already, you can keep that your little secret)
Photos in the cloud, what WILL they think of next? :)
I do hope that you learned something today.
Thanks for spending time in Craig's Classroom!
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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.