Are you managing your online presence?

By
Title Insurance with Bell Title /Triserv LLC

The internet is awesome. Yeah, I got that.

I love the fact that I can do so much in such a short amount of time. That I can touch so many and be touched by so many. The transparency that it creates and the ability to reach out to so many different people and build new relationships, receive information at the click of a mouse, to let people know what I am thinking and doing is really cool and convenient....And all of this is made available in literally a nanosecond. Sounds cool ...>Right?

Well, as cool as this sounds and as transparent as we have become, it is still a place where unsavory types of people and predators can follow you as well. I not talking about criminals, although they are there also.....the internet is free after all, but those pesky on-line marketers, and spammers that clog up our feeds on Twitter and fill up our email with junk and connect with us through our Facebook account or Active Rain or Plaxo or even Skype. The folks that game the system and manipulate the technology to bug the living daylights out of us.

I recently read an article that a friend had forwarded about privacy and how much of our on-line activity can be tracked by other would be identity stealers and these unsavory types. As the internet continues to grow and become a part of our daily lives, the possibilities of these attacks will only increase. Below are a few websites that can help you manage your on-line identity. They are free and are useful tools in helping manage our lives online. They are also a good way to help in our marketing efforts to know our clients so we can connect with them better (I will write more about this in a later post). Transparency is a double edged sword though. Without the right tools and resources, it can spin out of control really fast. Protect yourself and continue to enjoy the benefits of this incredible community on-line.

Rapleaf

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Photo credit - Ryan Brenhizer

Stay Sharp, good luck and be well!

Your ActiveRain partner and national title agent,

Until next time,


LEADING EDGE TITLE SOLUTIONS

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you the edge to be a mortgage industry leader

 

Bo Hussung

Vice President of Sales

phone ~ 615-438-7300 fax ~ 678-261-1594

email me ~ bhussung@cogentca.com

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Comments (19)

Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!

Bo

Good stuff, and makes sense to use it.

Tom

Apr 19, 2009 04:43 AM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Thanks Tom.....Indeed it does. The piece about using it to show the online presence of your customer datatbase is very useful as well. I will write abut this later

Bo

Apr 19, 2009 05:09 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Bo...

I think that there is a lot of danger in a connected community because of lake of credentials or verification. You just don't know who is really who, and where your information is going. It can be frightening!

Apr 19, 2009 09:39 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

You definitely have to be careful with what you post online, thats for sure.

Apr 19, 2009 03:17 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Bo, you are right about the Internet being both amazing and dangerous. BTW, Missed Earth day because I was enjoying the beautiful day and getting stuff done in the yard... 

Your building consultant in Nashville, TN

Apr 19, 2009 09:33 PM
Robert T. Boyer
FHA Loan, VA Loan, Jumbo Loan,FHA Loans,VA Loans,Jumbo Loans - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate & Mortgage Loans, Ph.D. | VA Home Loan

For Richard especially.  There was a great Farside comic years ago, showing a dog typing at a computer with the caption something like, "On the internet, no one knows you're a dog."

There are a ton of people working on privacy and identity management.  Hopefully they will grow faster than the opposite side.

Apr 19, 2009 10:16 PM
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Bo - too many opportunities for too many unsavory characters, I will be checking out your links when I have a bit of time. Thanks.

Apr 20, 2009 12:58 AM
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer

Bo,

You have really made the move to the internet in a very short time. Appreciate your follow up call a couple weeks ago.

Richard

Apr 20, 2009 01:58 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Thanks for sharing this with me.  I will follow up on the links.

Ginger

Apr 21, 2009 03:45 AM
Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Bo - There is a risk to increasing your on-line presence; but most of us work hard to do that.  I've saved the sites you mentioned and see what they have to offer in terms of protection.  Thanks for sharing your information.

Apr 22, 2009 12:59 AM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Richard, John And Michael, those websites I sugested can give a pretty good idea of what kind of impact you are having on the internet and places to perhaps stay away from...Thanks~Bo

 

Apr 28, 2009 03:20 PM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Robert, I truly believe that good will alwasy prevail. Thanks for reading~Bo

Apr 28, 2009 03:22 PM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Mike, let me know what you think when you do

Thanks~Bo

Apr 28, 2009 03:22 PM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Richard, yiu are wlecome and I am glad you are back. Let's keep the communication open

Bo

Apr 28, 2009 03:23 PM
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Ginger, I appreciate ou taking the time to visit and tead. Let me know your thoughts about the site links~Bo

Jon, sometimes the rewards outweigh the risks, nbut there is nothing wrong with being cautious

Thanks~Bo

Apr 28, 2009 03:25 PM
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I read an article today about college newspapers being asked by the college alumni to delete or alter articles and pictures that they wrote or took, or that were about them, but were not very flattering. Seems as more and more college newspapers post historic content online, and more and more landlords and employers search the Internet for information on their tenants and employees, those college years are coming back to haunt many people.

May 14, 2009 09:09 PM
Kevin Heinrich
Heinrich Group - Clear Lake City, TX

This is the future of advertising and this is great advice Bo! I think you might be working for the wrong company!Ha! Have a great 4th and keep up the great Blog!

Jul 02, 2009 08:22 AM
Anonymous
saeco coffee maker

Hi Bo,

I totally agree with your comment, "I love the fact that I can do so much in such a short amount of time." I don't know where we would be from a time perspective without the internet. 

 

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Jan 09, 2012 11:50 AM
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Anonymous
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Dec 27, 2012 02:42 PM
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