ArGh! Now I Have to Sort Through Twitter Tweets.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Virtual Pictures Corp. (VPiX)

I've been micro-interrupted so many times with my iPhone with people Tweeting on Twitter I've just turned the damned service off so I can get some work done. 

I could care less that Arnold was pissed off that a photographer caught his wife red handed driving with a phone stuck to her ear. I'm thankful that the California fires were put out, but Arnold like to Tweet a lot. He Tweets seven... sometimes fifteen times a day.

 

Arnold Tweets

He should change his name to the Tweet-a-nator instead of Gov-a-nator. 

 

President Obama only Tweets three or so times a day and it's usually to rally us or thank us for calling in for support of the helping to fix the Healthcare system. These are valuable Tweets, but when you add in Arnold and Tweets about the Balloon Boy from CNN I'm starting to lose my concentration. Nothing is getting done.

I turned all Tweet notifications OFF. I'm starting to hate the idiot who made the Tweet iPhone app even possible. How anybody gets any work done in this country and claims they can monitor 100 Tweets is a liar. You can tell them the Bartman said so.

It's impossible to focus and claiming you're a multi-tasking, Social Networking Twittering wizard and all your clients are happy and all your work is being done on time. I say it's pure BS.  Employers are now starting to march their employees off to the front door for screwing off too many hours at the company's payroll expense.

Now Google and Microsoft says they're adding these same TWEETS to their search results now.

Fine. There goes the neighborhood. More crap that you and I have to wade through when we start searching for stuff online tomorrow.  

The real estate market never sleeps and I guess it's fair to say that no matter how much we hate it... technology is going to be changing, too. So it's Bartman to the rescue to help all of us to make sense of this new fangled stuff. 

Today Google and Microsoft's Bing (you've got porn!) are going to include Tweets in their seach. Meaning the Bit.ly... short domains you see out there attached to a story are going to be part of organic and (my best guess) even Paid search results.

So for everyone out there who's been groaning and complaining about not having the time to learn to Chirp on Twitter... you have to do it now. Because relevant searches and Tweets about homes in your area are going to be a big part of how folks find you in a few more months.

The problem with this might mean we're all going to be stuck with wading through a bunch of stupid, meaningless tweets about what somebody had for lunch. It's bad enough we have too much information overload coming at us now. How can we possibly deal with Google and Microsoft now heaping more stuff on our plates to sort through? It just seems totally unfair. Nobody asked me if it was okay for Google or Microsoft to start adding TWEETS to the search results. I have to kick out an average of 15 jerks, bozos and leaches OUT of my Twitter account every week now.

Now I have to brace myself for having to sort through meaningless Tweets as part of a Google or Microsoft search engine results page? Please, somebody shoot me now. I just can't take anymore. 

The Bartman sees big problems with any real estate searches simply because there's the potential of having millions of "Tweets" which might be confusing if you search for Homes in your area. 

 

House or House

"Did you see that last episode of House?" (and I'm referring to Hugh Laurie's TV show: HOUSE) 

So how in God's good name are we going to find any relevance in that for a real estate search for homes in a certain area?

Hopefully smart people like Google's Matt Cutts can figure this one out.  

 

It's clear that Google's AdWords and those SEO Rock Stars has a place for helping their customers get ranked on Google naturally. But adding TWEETS to a Google search results can only be more of a headache as it gives us all MORE crap to wade through to find what we want. We need LESS information on line, not more of it. 

Asking Google and Microsoft Bing users to wade through a bunch of meaningless Tweets about what someone else had for lunch is only going to make me lose mine. 

 

-- bart

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Rainmaker
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Lesley Lambert
Park Square Realty serving Western MA - Westfield, MA
Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413-

Wow.  This is a minefield.  I am going to comment by asking you and anyone else who isn't sure what they can gain from Twitter or Social Media to read this: http://tqinc.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/the-gifts-that-social-media-has-brought-me/

As a few before have said, Twitter is what you make it.  I choose to follow NO celebrities.  I use social mediat strategically to help me find more business and get good information that makes me better as a REALTOR.  It is a tool that can be very effective. 

You hate twitter, good for you...leaves more for people like me who really like it!

 

Oct 23, 2009 04:20 AM #36
Rainer
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Gabriele Buonacorsi
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty - Henderson, NV

Twitter is a great PR tool to get your name out there and searchable!

Oct 23, 2009 04:20 AM #37
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Jay Thompson

I'm confused.

If you don't want to "hear" what someone on Twitter is saying, unfollow them. It takes a mouse click.

YOU control EXACTLY what you hear on Twitter. It's not the phone app's fault.

As for those that "don't get" Twitter, well, there were a lot of people that "didn't get" fax machines, the internet, email and blogging. There are a lot of people that "don't get" AR.

Of course you don't HAVE to use Twitter or any other technology based tool. Use what works for you. But to eliminate a potential tool from consideration just becasue you don't "get it" seems short sighted.

Yes, all you need to buy/sell a phone is Two people, a pen and paper.

But you need some way to get those two people to notice you and elect to use your services.

 

Oct 23, 2009 04:25 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Melina Tomson
Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Owner, M.S.

I don't think this post is about whether or not twitter is a useful business tool.  I think it's about whether or not tweets being indexed and brought up in search engines is useful.

I read about this change the other day on Mashable, I think.  I was also stymied like Bart about the usefulness of indexing a single tweet.  What I wonder is if google and bing will start working to index hashtags so there is some "collective tweets" or something. I just don't see how a single 140 word tweet could carry the weight of a 500 page blog or website.

I do think that was this will do for twitter is ruin it.  I do tweet and like the social aspect of it.  Yes...I also use it for business purposes as well.  With this announcement the spam is going to get even worse on there as businesses try and gain SEO from twitter.  It would be like Google indexing facebook status updates.

I'll just have to wait and see how this plays out, but I am skeptical too.

Oct 23, 2009 05:28 AM #39
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Morriss Partee
EverythingCU.com - Holyoke, MA

Google is very smart about the way that it presents search results, and I have every confidence that they will not muck up their results with tweets in a way that makes results less useful and relevant. But along the way, the author does reveal his lack of knowledge about using twitter effectively. You have to be smart about how you use it. Incidentally, I was alerted to this post via twitter.

Oct 23, 2009 05:49 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Bartley Wilson
Virtual Pictures Corp. (VPiX) - Monument, CO
VR Software and 360° Solutions

Hi Morriss,  -- I'm talking about the Hype over Twitter and information overload only. I use Twitter a great deal and I spend time every week peeling off 15 - 25 scum, leaches and bozos who only want me to follow them to a multi level marketing scam. 

I used to work at a small company called Netscape for five years before my career in real estate. Before that, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computer software developer.

A hidden but important underlying message of using Twitter or any technology is simply this:  

Twitter doesn't sell homes. REALTORS sell homes.  

The announcement of Bing and Google agreeing to index Tweets now means there will be more data to sift through. Next time home owners are going to have to sort through a lot of crap.

REALTORS who are wanting to be found on a natural search engine results page (SERP) will be more buried and have a potentially harder time being found. I trust that Google will provide better filters as they start to dump Tweets into their search results. 

My big thinking is that Twitter has become an acquisition power play and may quite probably become a part of Google or Microsoft here soon. 

 

 

Oct 23, 2009 06:12 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

As with all of the new and very time consuming social media challenges, there must be balance in everything.  Adapting and adjusting is difficult, but must be part of our thought process to a degree.  I am looking forward to retirement (30+ years from now) and I will have NOTHING to do with KEEPING UP with whatever is currently going on via the web.  Business always has been, and always will be, at the end of the day, about relationships, whether developed online or off!

Oct 23, 2009 06:52 AM #42
Rainer
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Rick Schwartz
William Raveis Real Estate - Danbury, CT

Bart - you are right that Twitter doesn't sell homes, we do.  The same can be said about all the other marketing techniques.  Open Houses do not sell homes,  Just Listed Post Cards do not sell homes, Signs do not sell homes,  Referrals from cousins do not sell homes.   We make our own success as individuals.

Twitter is just a tool to get in front of people - like shopping buggy signs.  Fact is that there are more and more people on Twitter each day. Will it last? Will the next evolution of something or other displace it?  Who knows.  But for now there's lots of prospects on Twitter - that's all.  It's an SOI vehicle.

Not sure how you have things set up, but my iPhone doesn't interrupt me with unwanted Twitter messages.   I use an app called Boxcar which pushes an SMS to me if someone sends me a DM on Twitter.  For the rest I just scan and post when I have a couple of minutes.

Oct 23, 2009 07:36 AM #43
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Bart - I know I said this before on a previous post of yours, but dude, lighten up!  You remind me of a neighbor of mine who I always say can manage to make lemons out of lemonade.  No, I didn't write that incorrectly.  I understand the need to vent on occasion about stuff that irritates us, but don't fall into the trap of being negative all the time.  It just comes across as unseemly.  Sorry if this seems blunt, but mix it up sometimes - try writing something upbeat.  It just might result in business.  You are a good writer - why focus only on the bad stuff?

Oct 23, 2009 08:53 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

I enjoy Twitter but do not have it updated every few seconds to my iphone. I am there when I want to be and if I miss afew tweets...so be it!

I have to agree with Jason, take a step back and what was that about a blunt?

Oct 23, 2009 09:22 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Bartley Wilson
Virtual Pictures Corp. (VPiX) - Monument, CO
VR Software and 360° Solutions

Thanks Jason and Russell. Yes, I can lighten up and turn lemons into lemonade. 

Thanks for the reminder. 

 

Oct 23, 2009 10:38 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I have had it with twitter.....I have noticed that those who really don't have a life tweet the most!

Oct 23, 2009 11:13 AM #48
Rainmaker
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Christianne O'Malley
RE/MAX Realty Affiliates - Reno, NV
Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno!

I don't have tweet notification set for my phone. It is too distracting. I jump into the conversation when I have time and don't worry about it when I don't. I use TweetLister to automate my real estate listings tweets so at least they are getting out there.

Oct 23, 2009 11:19 AM #49
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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Bart - I have to get you big-time respect for always responding so cordially.  I certainly wasn't trying to hammer you, but my previous comment could make a lot of people get bent out of shape.  Props to you for your response.  Have a great weekend!

Oct 23, 2009 12:09 PM #50
Rainer
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Rick Schwartz
William Raveis Real Estate - Danbury, CT

Damon - funny thing. I've noticed that those who make broad generalizations without any data are usually wrong - but they never know it.

Oct 23, 2009 12:10 PM #51
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T. Wilson

Bart,

   Like I said in my previous post, I think you are one of the most informative bloggers on AR, and I have subscribed to your RSS feed as a result.   (It is how I found this blog.)

   Guess who I do not have RSS subscriptions to?   From a quick scan through the comments, the people here who have criticized you.

   Don't change a thing, man.  Stay useful and informed on SEO.  And keep being yourself.    :-)

  Otherwise, I may read you one day to find that you have joined the masses of useless political windbags on AR that just clog up the system and make finding the useful blogs more difficult and time consuming.

 Best of luck !!

Oct 23, 2009 12:35 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I still do no really see the benefit of Twitter, maybe because I am always having to edit my tweets to keep them at 140 characters or less.  I don't see how Google will be able to index Tweets with the same weight that is given to more in depth blogs and websites. 

Oct 23, 2009 01:57 PM #53
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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I've seen some search results from Google previously but not many.  You bring up interesting points, and I wonder how much seo there is in 140 characters.

Oct 23, 2009 04:18 PM #54
Rainmaker
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Bartley Wilson
Virtual Pictures Corp. (VPiX) - Monument, CO
VR Software and 360° Solutions

Twitter and Facebook offer some benefits to expose us to potential buyers, but the media is over hyping the benefits of Twitter. Socially Responsible Social Networking seems to be lacking "common sense," in some cases. 

Oct 24, 2009 03:27 AM #55
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Maybe the quality of tweets will improve now that they are searchable.  Am I the only one who is so tired of the news reporting what they hear on Twitter and Facebook.

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