activerain: You Might Miss Out with New Gmail Tabs - 11/06/13 03:14 AM
You Might Miss Out with New Gmail Tabs
As you might have heard or seen by now, Gmail has rolled out new tabs for your email. There are now Primary, Social and Promotions tabs. The idea is to help you keep your emails organized.
There have been a number of 'Rainers that are no longer seeing their ActiveRain Daily Drop or weekly emails in their Primary folder. There is a chance that Gmail has moved the ActiveRain emails into the Social or Promtions folders, where you might not look everyday.
Never miss a beat by moving ActiveRain emails to your Primary … (79 comments)

activerain: Social Media for Real Estate Brokers - 08/01/12 12:15 AM

Social Media For Real Estate Brokers
Learn the current trends and best practices in social media usage by the top real estate brokers on ActiveRain, the largest social network and blogging platform in real estate.
ActiveRain CEO Nikesh (Niki) Parekh is speaking at the 2012 Inman Connect San Francisco Real Estate Conference this week on the topic of social media for real estate brokers on a panel entitled "Top Down Social Media" or "Social Isn't Just For Agents."  
So what is social media for real estate brokers?  What should real estate brokers be doing?
Of course, the real estate industry must … (28 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain and IMSD Getting Cozy - 04/13/12 12:01 AM
If you are reading this on our blog, you most likely know a little bit about ActiveRain. But you may not be familiar with IMSD, the Internet Marketing Specialist Designation, so I want to share a little history.
In October of 2009, we hosted our first live RainCamp in Seattle Washington. Ben Kinney and I would carry the majority of the 8 hour presentation that day (OK, Ben did the heavy lifting, I just smiled and looked pretty) We presented to a full room of 300 real estate agents about what Ben was doing in his business that had allowed him … (53 comments)

activerain: Real Estate Recovery Or Not? 2012 Predictions by the Pro's Infographic - 02/20/12 04:09 PM
Real Estate Recovery or Not?
2012 Predictions By the Pro’s Infographic
Data, data everywhere, but what should you believe?  Are we on, in the middle, or at the tail of a deflating real estate bubble?  Is there a Florida real estate bubble?
There is A LOT of conflicting data emerging about the 2012 real estate market and 2012 real estate transactions.  Case-Shiller has emerged as the leading index of real estate values.  The Q4 2011 S&P/Case-Shiller index (1) shows continuing declines in real estate values with quarter over quarter declines of 1.1-1.2% and annual declines of 3.0-3.4%.   RealtyTrac is the leading source of … (162 comments)

activerain: "New and Improved!" - Recent Changes to ActiveRain - 01/18/08 05:35 AM
Several improvements were rolled out in the ActiveRain platform last night (actually, early this morning).
They include:
New Search program - Can I get a huge collective "AMEN!" from the group? You'll now find a customized Google search that provides much more accurate results, and allows you to break down the search filter by Members, Blog Entries, Groups, and 'Q&A' Questions. Just enter your search term, and the filter categories will show up. Unfortunately, it does not support searching "Members Only" posts.Disabled Commenting- A number of our members have wanted the ability to disable the commenting feature on their blogs. Now, at the bottom of the … (99 comments)

activerain: Labor Day Weekend - Lets look at some of the Hardest Working AR Members - 09/01/07 01:24 PM
Here are some interesting thoughts...   As of today, here are the top 10 point earners here at ActiveRain. 
Let us look at the breakdown:
Four out of the ten are from Florida, currently there are 5,786 members from Florida.  Florida is by far the most competitive of all the states!Together the Top ten have written a total of 4,239 posts!!!The top 10 is equally divided between the men and women --  5 Women/5 Men!Six out of the ten joined in July 2006! Two of the have lost a significant amount of weight since joining ActiveRain -- guess they didn't have time to … (49 comments)

activerain: Press Release: ActiveRain Founders To Announce Winners Of Blogging Competition At Inman News’ Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2007 - 07/30/07 08:50 AM
SEATTLE, July 30, 2007 - ActiveRain CEO Matt Heaton and President Jon Washburn, co-founders of ActiveRain, the nation's largest social networking site for real estate professionals, will announce the winners of Project Blogger at Inman News' Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2007.
Project Blogger, sponsored by ActiveRain and Inman News, is a four-month contest among 12 teams competing to see who will be the next big real estate blogging talent.  The winners will be named Wed., Aug. 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  
In announcing the winners, ActiveRain founders Heaton and Washburn will highlight the successful strategy and … (7 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain Press Release 7/11 - 07/11/07 05:18 AM
ActiveRain's Membership Surges To 35,000 In First Year
World's Largest Social Networking Site For Real Estate Professionals
Grows Faster Than Wikipedia In Inaugural Year
SEATTLE, July 11, 2007 - ActiveRain, the world's largest social networking site for real estate professionals, marked its one-year anniversary today by surpassing 35,000 members and 120,000 posts, and projecting monthly double-digit growth over the next 12 months.
"ActiveRain's phenomenal growth reflects the fact that the real estate profession is experiencing rapid, fundamental change," said ActiveRain CEO and co-founder Matt Heaton.  "Because eight in 10 residential real estate transactions now start online, blogging and social networking today are as important … (97 comments)

activerain: Independence Day 2007 - 07/03/07 08:08 PM
The ActiveRain Team would like to wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July!  Like other holiday's there is no easy way to decide which post to feature.  So here is a selection of posts written by our members that we have found...  Feel free to link to your posts in the comments.
Happy Independence Day
Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776
Fun 4th of July Facts!
Happy 4th of July!!!!
Saying Thank You on Independence Day
Happy Independence Day!
Recapturing the Spirit of Independence
Fireworks on the Mall- Have you been there?
Happy Fourth of July Activerainers!
Why is This Woman Happy!?
Happy Fourth … (40 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain in the News - 06/17/07 05:05 PM
ActiveRain in the News is a place to keep track of the exposure ActiveRain is getting in both the real estate and main stream media.  If you know of an article about ActiveRain not listed here, please Contact Support or leave a comment and we will add it to the list.
Businesses turn to Net-working - September 4, 2008
Inman News: It's Raining Outside Blogs - June 30th, 2008
Realtor Magazine: Welcome to Real Estate 2.0 - Mar 1st, 2008
RISMedia: Real Estate Social Networking Really Takes Off - Jan 24th, 2008
SeattlePI: HouseValues invests in real estate community ActiveRain - Jan 21st, … (28 comments)

activerain: Happy Father's Day! - 06/17/07 02:35 AM

Happy Father's Day from ActiveRain!   Here is a collection of posts from our members!  Once again it is impossible to feature all of these posts! 
If we missed your post, please put it in the comments!
We hope all our Active|Dad's have a great day!
Someday I hope I can be a Dad too...
Happy First Father's Day!
warwick, Rhode Island, Karen Hurst, Real Estate for Sale, The Story of Fathers Day
What Women Really Mean: Happy Father's day!!!
 The Best Fathers Day Gift!
What is a father? What is a DAD?
Reflections of Father’s Day from the Pilothouse of the MV Pegasus II
Chasing the Wind - A … (28 comments)

activerain: Community Update - 06/11/07 01:22 PM
As of June 4th ActiveRain is no longer giving points for Listings.  There have been a number of issues regarding points and listings so we had to stop awarding them.  Posts that are made to the wrong category may be removed from all categories all together so please try and reach the appropriate audience when writing. 
Blog categories - Where should I put my post? 
Who To Write To?
If you select "Advertise a Listing" please do not put it in the Professional Category.  Most members do not want to see the listings in the Professional Category.  
Some members have indicated that some … (163 comments)

activerain: New batch of ActiveRain enhancements - 06/06/07 02:54 AM
We just put up a new batch of enhancements to ActiveRain based off of your requests these past couple weeks.  These enhancements are a part of a continuous effort to improve your experience and provide you with more ways to find content.
New filter for blog posts:
Enhancement #1 is an additional filter for browsing blog posts that provides a new way to find posts by who wrote them. 
You can now do things such as show only posts written by loan officers or choose to show only the posts targeted to real estate professionals of those bloggers to whom you have subscribed(a request … (68 comments)

activerain: ActiveRain Community Resources - Updated 06/18/08 - 05/19/07 07:30 AM
 At times we will be refeaturing this post so new members can see it and as we add some of your excellent posts to this list of Resources!
The wonderful thing about Active Rain is the fact that members share their knowledge with each other. Several new members have asked about a help facility and we have pulled together several resources here at ActiveRain that are not easily found when you are in the need for an answer.  
The answers you seek are from your fellow Active Rain members actual posts.  If you see a post that should be ease email us the … (185 comments)

activerain: Non-member comment notification improvements - 05/12/07 06:18 AM
This morning we put up a couple minor feature enhancements to ActiveRain, which members keep asking for.  Here are two of the main ones.
Comment notification for non-members
We added a new way for non-activerain members to receive email notifications of replies to comments they leave on blogs here at ActiveRain.  This enhancement was mainly made to make it easier for consumers who visit the site to track the conversations they may get involved in through blog comments.  We also eliminated the (up to now) unused email address field for non-member comments, though an email address is required to get notifications.
Added more member … (28 comments)

activerain: Big traffic increases for ActiveRain and Localism - 03/22/07 09:54 AM
Back on January, 30th I made a post about both and achieving some traffic milestones. 
ActiveRain and Localism each hit milestones yesterday  
I like to share these milestones as ActiveRain makes it march towards, uh, world domination.  I love numbers so their fun to occassionally take a look at, and it also effects how much online exposure members are getting. 
Jan. 30, 2007: 10,308 unique visitors
Mar. 19, 2007: 24,289 unique visitors (135% increase in traffic) 
Jan: 30, 2007: 1,126 unique visitors
Mar. 19, 2007: 3,881 unique visitors (245% increase in traffic) 
By my calculations ActiveRain should have by-passed Google and taken over the Internet sometime in 2008 … (59 comments)

activerain: Support for video and multimedia on ActiveRain - 02/28/07 07:14 AM
As of this morning we've made some adjustments to our platform that should allow members to more easily include, video, podcasts and other multimedia in their blog posts.  This had been one of the common complaints with our platform and we are working to solve it as we work towards the upcoming release of additional blog customization. 
We currently don't provide a hosting service for video or podcasts, they will have to be hosted on another site, but we will explore this option in the future.  To add an externally hosted video or podcast to your blog use the "HTML" button … (34 comments)

activerain: Question and Answer: Ask a Real Estate Professional - 02/24/07 03:04 AM
I was talking to Jim Cronin from The Real Estate Tomato ealier today and he mentioned that there are three things that increasingly are defining consumers on the Internet. 
They want access to as much information as possible.They want to maintain their privacy and anonymity. They don't want to make a committment until they are ready.           
If you try to take away their anonymity or make todays Internet consumer commit before getting information, you will end up hemmoraging potential clients.  This is one of the reasons that blogging is fast becoming such an effective tool for "pull marketing" because it allows for an exchange … (57 comments)

activerain: In the works - Customizing Your ActiveRain Blog - 02/18/07 09:40 AM
One of the most commonly mentioned shortcomings of blogging on ActiveRain has been the lack of customizability of the platform of members blogs.  We work to create a very easy to use platform for the real estate industry and never intend or do intend to compete with the feature sets of other blogging platforms such as Wordpress or Moveable Type.  But based on feedback we feel it's important to give members more branding optons to create a sense of ownership over their blogs without affecting the community.
Currently under development is a more customizable blogging platform for ActiveRain members to get both the benefits … (47 comments)

activerain: Fair housing and ActiveRain - 02/17/07 04:16 AM
ActiveRain Fair Housing
When making any posting on ActiveRain, you must comply with section 3604(c) of the Federal Fair Housing Act. This law generally prohibits stating, in any notice or ad for the sale or rental of a dwelling, a discriminatory preference based on any of the following protected categories:
    * Race or Color
    * National Origin
    * Religion
    * Sex
    * Familial Status (more)
    * Handicap / Disability (more)
If you ever feel concerned about the actions of one of our members regarding discrimination and Fair Housing issues please flag the post, or send a notice to our support department by clicking … (72 comments)

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