Twitter and Real Estate | The best social network to build community

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate

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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Rainmaker
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Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

Hi Carolyn,

I am a newbie to FB and AR and LI!  I had not done any of this until a few weeks ago when I went to a Tech Seminar and boy were my eyes opened to great big world of people out there!  I am ticking right along reading as much as I can on AR and kept coming up on this Twitter word and had no idea what Twitter was.  So I did a blog search and your blog was the first one that looked to be the most informative!  Thank you so much for helping me out.  I probably will concentrate a while on these 3 beginnings before I venture over there but when I do I will look for you there too!

 

Debbie

Nov 12, 2008 09:25 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Hi Carolyn - I signed up for Twitter a few months ago but have been at a loss as to how to use it.  Thanks for the tips.

Nov 16, 2008 10:17 PM #21
Rainer
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Thomas Millar
Century 21 New Millennium - Chantilly, VA

Have you heard of "ping.fm"? Cool site that allows you to post updates in one location for many of your update sites. I can go to Ping and enter an update of "what I'm doing" and have it automatically post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other of the two dozen or so and growing list of social networking sites. Check it out!

Nov 17, 2008 12:10 AM #22
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Jan Huchteman
Associate Broker, Duffy Realty - Decatur, GA

Carolyn:

Thanks for taking the time to write about Twitter.  Like some others, I joined but have not seen the value of it.  Ater reading your post, I will give it another try.

Nov 17, 2008 12:18 AM #23
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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Alta Realty Group | BRE#01363932 - Palm Springs, CA
Delivering Desert Living, Year-Round Golf, Tennisl

Hmmm. Facebook and Twitter, my weaknesses. I just don't have time for it all. Some say I already spend too much time at the keyboard.

Nov 17, 2008 01:55 AM #24
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Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis
Lyon Real Estate - Davis, CA
Ca Real Estate

Hi Margaret and Jan, just keep playing with Twitter, I think it's one of those 'ah-ha" moments.

Thomas, haven't set up ping.fm. I had twitter updating facebook for a while but I turned it off because I felt it was too many updates. ping.fm does seem to work well for certain people.

Vickie I'll look for you in the twitter world.

Nov 17, 2008 02:04 AM #25
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Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

Carolyn - of all the social networks out there, the United States Army has identified Twitter as a potential terrorist tool. That keeps me away.

Nov 17, 2008 02:48 AM #26
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Kaleb Kunz
Logan, UT

Thanks for the twitter tips...been signed up for awhile now but never really done anything with it.  I'm going to give it a try today.....

 

Nov 17, 2008 03:18 AM #27
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Rob Wagoner
Referral Builder LLC dba URBaCS - Noblesville, IN

I too am a recent twitter...er. I am still looking at the possibilities. I see a lot of potential.

Nov 17, 2008 06:34 AM #28
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Carolyn Gjerde-Tu-Davis
Lyon Real Estate - Davis, CA
Ca Real Estate

Simon, I can see why the Army might have some problems with twitter, but I think it is ok for us real estate folks.

Nov 17, 2008 08:49 AM #29
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Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Carolyn....Twitter is not a big thing here in ATL.....yet! So I figure by the time it filters down to the Southeast, I will be a professional! I don't get "tweets" on my phone, so it really only works for me when I'm in my office (like now)

I see it's potential and I'm hoping I'm on the front of the train to get something from it!

Nov 17, 2008 12:52 PM #30
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Justin Ukaoma
Vizion KC - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate Investments

I'm in the same boat as Thom and Ray.  The majority of people in my area have no idea what Twitter is all about.  By the time they find out I'll be huge in my area.

Nov 17, 2008 01:54 PM #31
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Debbie Fiskum
Perfect Transformations Home Staging - Denver, CO
Perfect Home Staging - The Home Decor Genie

Yeah, Twitter is a great tool!  I've been using it for a couple of months now and still trying to figure it out.  But I realize that social media is the way to go.

Thanks for the info!

Nov 19, 2008 07:25 PM #33
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Barb Averell
ReMax Real Estate Solutions - Pittsburgh, PA
Associate Broker

Carolyn - Thank you for your comments on Twitter --- I have been wanting to give it a try and now I will!

Nov 23, 2008 02:31 AM #34
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Carolyn, like you I have a hard time getting past the what are you doing box. But, perhaps one of these days I'll be a better Twitterer.

Nov 28, 2008 01:38 PM #35
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Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Carolyn, thanks for the analysis of the differences between FaceBook and Twitter.

Dec 01, 2008 07:35 AM #36
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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

I twitter and facebook a lot.  I like facebook more than twitter, twitter seems like a one way conversation.

Dec 12, 2008 03:45 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Why didnt anyone add thier twitter handle to their comments????  We all love it...lets get networked!  Add me (@recr)  Id love to chat!

Dec 17, 2008 01:30 AM #38
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Audrey Poltor
BSO - Summerville, SC

thank you so much for the info.....I'm on now.......woo hoo!

Dec 18, 2008 03:40 AM #39
Rainmaker
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George W. Jordan
Red Soil Real Estate Inc. - Murray Harbour, PE

Yes, any means to get PEI Real Estate on the Internet is OK with me...

Mar 14, 2009 05:18 AM #40
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