Twitter for real estate is being talked about a lot right now at Real Estate Webmasters, Active Rain, most every real estate community on the internet. More and more real estate agents are starting to use twitter both for networking with each other and building friendships in their local communities.
I have been one of the people commenting on active rain blog posts for the past year thinking that twitter was a pretty cool application but just did not "get" it. At about the same time I first tried twitter I also started a facebook account. Facebook, while still a bit foreign, people playing little games, throwing things at each other, etc. made more sense and I found that over time I have made connections with people from my past. Over this past year more and more of my classmates have joined and it is a nice way of getting back in touch. What I found though that at least for me I have mainly friended people I knew in real life or people I knew virtually but would consider friends. Most facebook users keep their profiles protected and while my friends may also have friends that I might have a lot in common with I often don't know enough about that person to make the next step to friend them and get to know them.
For the most part, twitter users do not password protect their feeds so it is much easier to find people who have common interests. When an interesting conversation pops up you can click on the @username to see the original comment and if you like what you read can follow that person instantly.
How does this relate to real estate? A friend of mine, Knox who is not a REALTOR sums up one of the best reasons real estate agents should be using twitter, Twitter makes Communities Tighter. This could be a community of real estate agents or people from the same area. If you learn how to use search.twitter.com you can find people who are interested in just about anything you can think of and you can likely find people in your town and can immediately to build community.
Starting to see the benefits but still can't figure out how to get past the empty box and the question, "What are you doing?" I recently wrote a handy post on Twitter for Real Estate - How to get started.
Even though I signed up well over a year ago, I've only been active on Twitter for a few weeks. It is too early to tell how much community building I can make with people who live in my area, but I do know that the community and sharing of information with other agents that I have met has made this well worth the effort.
you can find me at twitter.com/cgjerdetu
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