Teacher Teacher, can I be excused? - how the MauiHunter skipped class today.
Today our Jim Sanders Realty office had a couple of mandatory classes about using social media to network and enhance our business. Topics to be covered included: having a presence on Facebook; maximizing Twitter; uploading video to YouTube; blogging for business; and getting connected on LinkedIn. I managed to be excused from the classes after explaining to my principal broker that I'm already doing all of the above, and I showed him my YouTube channel. In fact, he knows that I have already enjoyed some Real Estate success from my blog.
You can usually find me as MauiHunter if you're looking and here's some of the highlights:
My YouTube channel is getting better all the time. I started posting video on YouTube in June 2008, with a little clip of Paia Maui HI. Now there's a good little collection of short movies from Maui - some neighborhoods, some towns and condos, beaches. I find it's really fun to make these and share them. YouTube members can subscribe to each other and save their favorite movies into lists.
I've been on Facebook since 2007 when a cousin invited me to join. It has evolved a lot and now I have a business site with a great URL of facebook.com/RealEstateMaui, where I post items of interest to anyone looking to buy or sell properties on Maui. Making groups is easy so I've made 3 for different towns on Maui... Haiku Maui 96708, Wailea Maui Hawaii 96753, and Makena Maui Hawaii 96753. This is a great way to "meet" people with similar interests. Go ahead and join some groups and make some of your own!
Twitter.com is another site that's pretty easy to learn, and a quick way to connect with others. You've probably all heard about Twitter by now, as it's old news already. Go ahead and follow me and I'll probably follow you back, especially if you introduce yourself to me so I know a little about you.
Twitpic.com kind of goes hand in hand with Twitter. You can upload pictures and have them automatically post to Twitter. I'm always amazed at how quickly a picture will get a lot of views! Make a comment with your picture when you upload, so people know what to expect... entice them to click. You can see my twitpics or view the public timeline which can be an interesting live slide show.
I'm LinkedIn for what it's worth. This is a more serious site and I think if I was looking for a job I'd be on here a lot more. I hear that employers cruise LinkedIn to recruit new talent. It's a great tool.
Blogging - don't get me started! I really enjoy blogging and sharing my knowledge and photos of this beautiful island Maui. I first blogged at Blogspot.com in 2005, which was a great place to learn, but it was a little lonely there. Somebody steered me to ActiveRain.com and then I was really hooked. The ActiveRain community is very friendly and helpful, with plenty of comments from other members to encourage me to keep on blogging. I have to admit that I've started a few blogs and then abandoned them, but this is my main blog which also gets fed out to MyMauiBlog and Localism.com. I love to be contacted by buyers who have been reading my blog and find it informative. Each blogging platform will have its good and bad points. Try some out and see what feels right for you.
I recommend Flickr.com as an easy to use site with some outstanding content from members. It's easy to get lost for an hour or two when looking at some of the excellent photos that people create. Some nice features of Flickr are photo sharing and galleries, including Maui. If you're not already on board there, take a look and see for yourself, and be sure to see what the MauiHunter has uploaded.
Posterous.com is my most recent foray into the bogosphere - sort of quickie blogging. If I see something on the internet I like, I can just click one button and it gets posted to my Posterous site. I can also email or text in a post, how easy is that!? Once again you can subscribe to other posterous members and comment on their posts if you want to get chatty.
Is there more? Sure, lots more, but who's counting? There's no end to sites where people can network together and meet others with similar interests and goals. What are you doing to get connected?