My local board, the San Antonio Board of Realtors® (SABOR), who I recently praised for making an honest attempt to bring our association into the world of social media, sent it out in our Monday update email. I saw it and noticed it was touted as a "hands on" course about social networking (in the actual email). You can imagine that I was thinking, "what a great idea!" I was...for a moment.
What I quickly realized was something that I think will either a) keep people from getting involved or b) get agents to throw money at something looking for the next golden ticket. I truly hope I'm wrong.
I know some agents have used Myspace and had some success with it, but isn't teaching Myspace to Realtors® like teaching modern man how to light a fire with a rock and some twigs? Ok, so maybe I have a personal problem with Myspace and the waste of internet bandwidth that it has become, but wouldn't it be better to be talking about next generation tools and capabilities?
You want how much?
Granted this is supposed to be an eligible for 8 hours of MCE credit (although that is still pending according to the flyer), but $125 ($150 at the door) to learn what you can most likely learn on your own for FREE? Just seems pretty steep to me. I hope it's not another case of agents being fleeced for their cash in the name of "technology."
Google provides interesting results.
I actually know of Susan Price and Firecat Studio through Twitter and some locals who have mentioned the company before. I don't know much about Greg Palomino though, so I thought I'd google him and see what I could learn. Here is result #1 on Google for "greg palamino" (if you're easily offended skip past the graphic and onto the text):
I know nothing about this guy, so I don't want to say he's a "guru" or not (I still hate that word, just so you know), but when the first hit on Google references the male reproductive organ being "huge," I kind of have to wonder if this is what SABOR intended. Don't get me wrong, I can laugh over just about anything and am not easily offended, but it just seems odd that someone who is teaching a class in "Facebooking Your Image" to real estate professionals might not want to have something like that associated with them and their (gag) Myspace page.
If anyone plans on attending this, please let me know how it goes. I'll take my 8 credits on something else. If it's the best thing ever, I'll admit I was wrong. I wish they had hired @KGBTexas to do more. Good luck to everyone and I hope I'm completely wrong.