Twitter - Facebook - blogs. When do we have time to work?

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc.

Ok, I am really trying to get a handle on all of this.  I have 2 teenage kids and texting is all the rage.  I keep saying 'just call them and get it over with".  I'm still using a 'Razor' cell phone but I'm feeling the pressure of having to get a BB.  Working the Mississauga market keeps me busy but I enjoy my down time.  Once I get the B.B. and everyone knows I have it, when is my time mine.  Do I need to 'ON' all the time?  I'll deal with it but here's one I'm not understanding.  I signed up for facebook a few years back.  Kind of cool and fun (for a while).  Now I need to 'Twitter'.  Apparently millions of people really want to know what I'm doing right NOW!  REALLY?  Do you really want to know that I am sitting in my living room in my undies watching the news writing a blog about me in my undies writing a blog watching the news?  How is this important?

So I'm reading some Tweets on Twitter.  I have no idea WTF they are talking about!  My kids explained what WTF means.  Some girl Tweets that she is on her way to Square 1. (Mississauga's biggest Mall).  Is it impolite to Tweet back - 'who cares'?  So I find myself trying to figure it out.  What happened to my facebook followers, after all they were here first!  So I write something on facebook.  Well what about Active rain buddies?  Can't leave them out.  What about my website blogs, can't neglect that, what about my door knocking routine, my advertising, my Open Houses, my follow ups, my mastermind meetings, my office meetings, agent's visits, virtual tour set ups, internet leads...bla bla bla.  I don't have enough time to do anything with my Mississauga clients 'cause I'm too busy Tweeting.  What's next?  All I know is...if you don't keep up...you're OUT!

Chirp,Chirp,Chirp

Paul Cutajar - Mississauga Real Estate

www.movewithpaul.com

Comments (77)

Brian Birkel
Deeb Realty - Bellevue, NE

With all the extra things we all have to do these days the next major scientific breakthrough will be when they come up with a 36 hour day. It still wouldn't be long enough.

 

 

Oct 19, 2009 09:16 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous

So what is WTF? Oh well, Maybe I'll just "google" it. :-)

Free Time...what's that?

 

Oct 19, 2009 10:53 AM
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Sean Malo
Remax Realty Associates - Camp Hill, PA

I'm a younger guy in this business and all the drifferent networking sites is endless.I say pick a few networks and stick to those. Personally i have facebook, active rain, myspace and linkedin. I really only use facebook and activerain. I keep a presence on the others but i just don't have the time,.If you try to keep up with every new site you will drive yourself nuts. The whole point is to stay intouch with your sphere and get some business.

Oct 19, 2009 10:53 AM
Jane Cross
Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs - Charlotte, NC

Hey Paul...delightfully funny post! My big question is 'why are they following me?' How bored are they???? WTF!

Once I figure these out, I, too will look into Roch's suggestion on the www.ping.fm tool...but, then there it is, another tool to learn! Just can't win!

Oct 19, 2009 11:42 AM
Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise!

It is a lot and it is over whelming.  I have no time for a relationship even though I'm in one.  Just grateful he lives in another state.

The www.ping.fm solution sounds promising but what I might put on Facebook for friends I'm not likely to put on LinkedIn for business.  Tweets I could see on Facebook.  Active Rain is great to learn from.  My Blogs are usually statical updates with the occasional humor thrown in or community information.  None of it is regularly consistent.

If I volunteered less in the community I might have more time, BUT, I really enjoy the interaction and helping organizations grow.

I just keep telling myself that all of this is part of the journey and not the destination.  Joy

Oct 19, 2009 12:40 PM
Brittany Loan
Keller Williams Realty Partners - Woodstock, GA
Cherokee & Cobb County, GA

Love your sarcastic wit!  My humble opinion on the BB.  It can HELP you.  When I'm out showing property all day, I don't have to worry about checking emails when I'm done because I've kept up and know whether or not something important arrived.  HOWEVER - DEFINITELY learn how to turn it off when or just say "No" when it's your time.  I'm still working on that :-)

Oct 19, 2009 12:55 PM
Jami Van Den Bogaert
RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO

OMG (joke) I was just thinking the same thing. My problem is reading info on the latest re news that gets sent to my inbox all day long. It takes hours just to go through it all and my inbox is still filling up. Too scared I will miss something important to delete them though.

Oct 19, 2009 01:17 PM
Bill Lumpp
Century 21 The Combs Company - Rocky Mount, NC
Realtor, GREEN

Paul,

People that text, Twitter, Facebook, etc understand you have to show houses, have meetings, volunteer, attend church, and more important spend time with family. That is why the BB and I Phone are so great, when you get back to them everything you missed is in one place.

To be successful in the 21st century we have to use all the tools available plus continue to stand behind sales and marketing ideas that have worked for generations.

My mother was a Realtor when I was a child, she would be on the phone for hours every night. I spend very little time on long conversations and seldom at night. I admit to spending time in the evening on the BB or lap top but it is quick and to the point (same reason for using text)!

For the person that says "pick up the phone and call them" (it is the new "turn down that radio" or "cut your hair" yelling from your parents). I will pick up the phone and call, but many times it is easier and quicker just to text. Going back to my first paragraph, when I am ready it is there in plain text and I can deal with it when I am ready.

My clients embrace the 21st century tools and so do I! BTW WTF is TMI on a blog! LOL

Listen to your kids...they will be buying homes soon...

Oct 19, 2009 02:22 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

There really isn't time for everything... and I keep thinking of new projects on top of what I already have going on.

So, I now discipline myself. Most of the time, anyway. I've almost quit going to Twitter because it isn't as interesting as it used to be (I think) and so much of it is just links to this or that. I don't like to follow links - I have Hughes Net so it takes forever.

As for Active Rain... I could stay here for hours, so now I don't read any blogs until AFTER dinner. Then I can play for a while before I get back to work. (Yep, I like to get back to work after the house gets quiet.)

Can't figure out the purpose of Facebook, but I intend to listen to the tele-seminar about LinkedIn tomorrow night to see if I can learn how to use that.

Oct 19, 2009 05:11 PM
Sandy Noll
(RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878 - Woodinville, WA
Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island

Ian Watt spoke at RE Barcamp Seattle and said "if you don't have internet presence you're retiring and you didn't even know it!!"  Somehow, some way, we have to find the time to Tweet, FaceBook, Blog and so on and so on!!

Oct 19, 2009 05:16 PM
Sandy McAlpine
RE/MAX EXECUTIVE - Cornelius, NC
Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC

It's hard to keep up with it all. It is like having many networks at the same time

Oct 20, 2009 01:47 AM
J.T. Thomas
American Horizon Real Estate - Springfield, MO

I feel your pain!

Oct 20, 2009 04:04 AM
Don Anthony
Don Anthony Realty ~ www.DonAnthonyRealty.com - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte & Triangle NC Discount Realtor

I've been "Tweeting" for awhile now, but really think it's just too much noise.  I know there are a lot of people out there who really enjoy it though.  I like Facebook, but it too can be a real drain of time.  Of course I enjoy keeping up with old friends from High School and College, but there's only so much time in the day.  I think it'll be interesting to see where these sites (and new ones) are in 3 years.

Charlotte Flat Fee MLS Listing Don Anthony Realty

Oct 20, 2009 04:13 AM
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

ROFL!  Just in case you don't know what that means, just ask your kids!  = )  JK of course!  Kathy's got the right idea.  Time blocking.  I have days when I really keep to it.  I mean time blocking.  And that is the most productive way.  But then I get sucked in (like right now) and here I am typing this at 10:13 pm.  Ugh!  Why am I checking AR and fb and twitter at 10:13 at night?!

Oct 21, 2009 02:14 PM
Paul Guenther
Empire West Title Agency - Chandler, AZ
Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ

Paul I have a buddy that lives up in Mississauga and he embraces technology just like you,  except his 2 year old facebook account still is missing a face :).  When you are freezing in January come on down to Phoenix I will have plenty of clamato and beer!  We holdFree Hands on workshops on integrating this technollogy into your day, and how to use it effectively http://www.mytitleguypaul.com  has the schedule of classes, but we will do one on one with you

See ya in January

Paul Guenther

mytitleguypaul@gmail.com

Oct 21, 2009 11:38 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Welcome to a typical day at the office in the 21st Century.

Oct 22, 2009 03:02 AM
Mark Velasco
Sharpstone Commercial - Whittier, CA
Top Producing COMMERCIAL Team 30+ years experience

Funny Blog Paul. Everything is good in moderation. Used correctly, all of these things can bring you LOTS of Clients

Oct 22, 2009 02:19 PM
Diana Santos
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
Real Estate Salesperson in New York & Connecticut

Hey Paul - LOL!!  Time management - Take 2 minutes and Tweet about going to your office meetings, Open Houses, an appointment,...  Show potential clients just how busy you are.  My Tweets get posted to Facebook automatically - so I don't have to rewrite and repeat.  What I love about Twitter and Active Rain is learning from fellow Realtors and hearing about this career that I Love so much - isn't always easy.  Definitely, I roller coaster ride. So, vent - share - learn,... Once a day or once a week - which ever your comfortable with! ~ Diana ~

Oct 25, 2009 11:10 AM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Time blocking and set expectations with your clients.  I haven't got it all figured out, but I did figure that out already.

Oct 25, 2009 07:24 PM
DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

Paul-

My dad used to tell me "Everything in moderation".  I Blog and I Facebook yet I don't spend more than 2-3 hours per week doing it. I text in lieu of a phone call when the person is comfortable with texting. Same with e-mail....which actually saves me alot more time than a phone call and I can use the wee hours or late nights to catch up.

I think we all need to realize that technology is an adjunct to our business and one more tool to use... never in lieu of face-to-face contact.

Oct 29, 2009 07:00 AM