President Obama Turns to Facebook

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

social media iconsI'm one of those rare people who still subscribe to the morning newspaper. In my case, it's the Sacramento Bee. I pick up the paper from my front porch every morning, shake off the icky bugs and toss the paper on the breakfast table. Today's headline was obscured due to the way the paper was rolled. Out of the corner of my eye, I read President Obama Turns to Facebook. My immediate reaction to this startling news was: Who gives a crap?

But then I realized how absurd. Of course, the headline actually read: President Obama Turns to The Pocketbook. But the fact that for one tiny moment, I actually thought Obama might post his State of the Union address via Facebook was a little bit disturbing. Tells me that some of us are a bit too wrapped up in social media, present company excluded.

Apart from participating in Active Rain now and then, I have precious little time for social media. I'm way too busy multi-tasking. I admit to sometimes answering emails while I talk on my cellphone. In fact, when I'm not out showing homes in Land Park or taking short sale listings in Sacramento, I work on 2 computers simultaneously throughout the day. I'm hooked to Bluetooth, but when I'm without cellphone coverage for any period of time, I don't know what to do with myself. No matter what I do, I rely on technology, part of which, whether I like it or not, involves social media.

I couldn't use my cellphone for 2 1/2 hours yesterday. It was agony. That's because I was sitting in a doctor's waiting room in the lower level of U.C. Davis, and there's no reception down there. My appointment was scheduled for 10 AM, but I didn't meet with the doctor until noon. I couldn't Tweet or look up the weather in Minneapolis and, let's face it, I'm awful at BrickBreaker.

Two hours with nothing to do seemed like an eternity. I flipped through a medical equipment catalog. Hmmm . . . so, how much do stethoscopes cost? You'd be amazed. Not that much, $60 to $200. And you can order them in different colors to match your mood. A patient put down a copy of More, that magazine for women over 40. I fit that demographic. Soon I was absorbed, reading about removal of facial hair. Did you know that laser removal is the number one recommended technique? It costs $400 a pop and requires six treatments.

When I finally got to meet with the doctor, he seemed harried. I bet he multitasks, too. He read through my chart and spoke very quickly. "So, you're ready for injections," he said. That was news to me. I asked him to explain himself. He looked at his computer monitor, scrunched his eyes, and scrolled through my health history.

"Tell you what," I replied, "Why don't you tell me why you think I am here." I let him study my file on the computer while I picked up a copy of Sacramento Magazine -- why doesn't U.C. Davis offer that magazine in the waiting room? Sacramento Magazine predicts that 2010 will be known as the year of pizza and hamburgers! Two of my favorite foods.

A half hour later, I was a free dog with a relatively clean bill of health and allowed to leave the premises. Back to cellphone land. Back to listening to voicemail messages about missing garage door openers, short sale approval extensions, loan doc delays, home inspection scheduling conflicts, and buyer's agents calling to see if they can show my active contingent short sales that state in MLS no more showings. The real world. A world where it's not totally nuts to think that President Obama might have a Facebook page.

Psst. He doesn't. I checked. But the White House does have a Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

What happened to a garden fresh salad, home made brownies, and chocolate chip cookies?

Jan 28, 2010 12:51 AM #1
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Social media is the wave of the future, it won't be long before the presidents will be podcasting the state of the Union addresses.

Jan 28, 2010 12:55 AM #2
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

It all started when the Headlines were distorted and a trip of fantasy.  It could happen.

Jan 28, 2010 12:58 AM #3
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Now that we are all "hooked up", when something goes awry, it can be agonizing.  In your case, it wasn't down, you were!!!  LOL

Jan 28, 2010 01:02 AM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

 I will not be surprised if It happens . I am not on Facebook but it is a popular site .

Jan 28, 2010 01:37 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I sometimes enjoy those quiet no reception places.  Sometimes I just need a break from that phone.  There's a really nice place to eat not far from house that has a big metal roof that just stops the signal from getting out.  My favorite place to have dinner.

Jan 28, 2010 01:54 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  My bluetooth in my car crapped out the other day, so I know the tortured feeling of being disconnected against your will.  The speaker phone was torturous.  I couldn't hear anything anyone was saying.  Fixed it the other day.  Evertyhing needed to be rebooted.  I think now it's time to reboot my attitude. :)

Jan 28, 2010 02:01 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  My bluetooth in my car crapped out the other day, so I know the tortured feeling of being disconnected against your will.  The speaker phone was torturous.  I couldn't hear anything anyone was saying.  Fixed it the other day.  Evertyhing needed to be rebooted.  I think now it's time to reboot my attitude. :)

Jan 28, 2010 02:03 AM #8
Anthony Ebright - NMLSR ID #247647 Purchase and Refinance Mortgages
FHA, VA, Conforming, Jumbo - Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Santa Rosa, CA

LOL! I have to admit, I'm just as guilty when it comes to multitasking. I love keeping up with friends on the phone and on facebook. Maybe, it's time to see the doctor for a short break myself. ;-)

Jan 28, 2010 02:05 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I watched Obama's State of the Union address last night, and was taken by how brilliant he seems.  Now, if we could only get both sides of the congressional aisle to put country first, and party last, we might have a real opportunity in this country.

Jan 28, 2010 02:47 AM #10
Tim D. Wilson - The Horseman's Agent ™ @ Rector-Hayden: Lexington, Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Hi Elizabeth,

  Great post! It is amazing how our brains get conditioned to "hearing" certain technical phrases.

  Several months ago my wife was verbally relaying to me a list of things to pick up at the grocery store, and I must have been a little bit distracted (it was certainly not because I was "only half listening"!), because among the words she said was "TP"... and for a split second that caught my brain's full attention, because what it defaulted to "hearing" was "http://", and I remember saying to myself in that split second "Huh?  Why do we need another website?  And how am I supposed to get one at the grocery store?" 

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Jan 28, 2010 04:01 AM #11
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Elizabeth...Technology and social media is like a snowball rolling down hill - it goes faster and faster and gets bigger and bigger.  It is difficult to manage it.  But after experiencing it, it's difficult to withdraw from it!  Go figure!

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Jan 28, 2010 04:21 AM #12
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Elizabeth, you get better day by day. This post is better than the one I read a few days ago. You are on a roll! Funny post!

Jan 28, 2010 11:09 AM #13
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I dropped my cell phone while picking up a sign and on my way back to the office I realize the loss. A quick U turn and I found it in the snow. I'm not sure how I might get through the day with out it.

Jan 28, 2010 02:26 PM #14
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

So why were you at the doctor and did he figure it out?  If I was a doctor I would ask the nurse before going in what the patient was here for, or a least ask the patient what I could do for them today.

Obama did not impress me yesterday...... 

Jan 28, 2010 04:37 PM #15
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Tim: I can totally relate. You have me laughing. I do it all the time. Certain phrases and keywords do get stuck in our heads. We become programmed and conditioned to react to those terms. However, with the way The Bee has reduced its staff, sometimes those headlines are wrong. It's like they have 12-year-olds at the copy desk.

I shouldn't really write about The Sacramento Bee, though. Because yesterday, true story, some subscriber called me. He wanted to know how to cancel his paper in Rancho Cordova. I asked why he was calling a real estate agent, and he said my name popped up in a search for The Bee.

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Jan 28, 2010 11:46 PM #16
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