Teacher Teacher, can I be excused? - how the MauiHunter skipped class today.

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

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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. 

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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?

Please reach out and connect with me any way you like..... EMAIL,  call or TEXT 808 283-0635, or visit my EastMaui.com website.

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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Georgina, How can you do it all? Its all so time consuming!

In addition to my other responsibilities, I have been writing a novel, the first 3 months I got over 150 pages done, now that I'm on AR and blogging I can't get any writing done. I'm going to have to set limits for myself.


May 21, 2010 01:02 PM #1
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Ellen - there are ways of making it all interconnect, and one hand washes the other, so to speak.  Also - no kids!  And even though you're not writing your novel, you're still writing... a blog counts!

May 21, 2010 01:21 PM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I know I've been enjoying your blog posts for at least 2 years. Excuse granted!
I hope you had a great Friday Georgina!

May 21, 2010 01:21 PM #3
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

Georgina! I too think LinkedIn is a serious site. I really enjoy AR much, much more! I am on Face Book but have not started a business site there. I personally know a lot of RE Agents in my area and the ones on FB have befriended me. But starting a Business FB.... I don't know. I will have to go see yours to see what it is like. I love to post blogs. I post on two sites here on AR and on HAR (Houston Area Realtors) they are the same posts. My main question is how do you get people to subscribe to you here on AR? I only have one lone subscriber..... Maybe you can help me with that?

May 21, 2010 01:58 PM #4
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Very nice post Georgina and have you been to any raincamps lately? Your posts are very well done with URL attachments, communities,great title and so much more!

Very well done!


May 21, 2010 02:09 PM #5
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Sussie - give them what they want!  You'll see my comment on your blog.

Paul - yes I did - and some wonderful tamales for lunch!

Robert - never been to a raincamp... too far to travel!  Thanks for the vote of confidence!

May 21, 2010 02:17 PM #6
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

You got it goin' on, girl!  ;)


May 21, 2010 02:41 PM #7
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evenin to you Georgina

First let me say you sure got me with that there little ole title, I though someone had gone hunten. Back home in Missouri, the Teachers know that over hafe of the kids will be gone the for a couple of days, dring opening week of Deer Season.

It sure is highly important to have a presence on all of them. I sure need to start do-en a whole lot more on those sites. I'm for sure go-en to take a look at your sites.

May 21, 2010 02:53 PM #8
Elaine Stewart
RE/MAX #1 Agent 2018 to 2010 - Licenced Real Estate Agent for 26 Years - Palm Desert, CA
RE/MAX Consultants Palm Desert

I have not setup a You Tube channel yet, but hope to soon. Enjoyed watching the videos on your channel! you should be teaching that class!

May 22, 2010 06:20 AM #9
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Georgina, this is pretty funny because I am in the same boat. I am slowly getting into Youtube as I begin to use and edit video, and plan to do flickr soon too. I already have a fun posterous account which I am going to have the guys at Dakno upgrade soon too. I guess I am always surprised that we tend to be more leading edge than the majority of our associates but that is a good thing. Drop by my posterous account http://russelllewis.posterous.com/ It's called "Russell's Collage of Carnival Knowledge" Active Brad got me started on it when he was in town a few months ago, it's a little something different in the way of blogs and I will check yours right after leaving this comment ;-)

May 22, 2010 09:27 AM #10
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Actually, in my not so humble opinion, you should be the one teaching those classes!

May 22, 2010 01:16 PM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Aww you guys are so nice!  thanks for visiting my YouTube channel and posterous site and commenting here!

May 22, 2010 02:11 PM #12
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

These are all wonderful sites to be seen and heard on.  I haven't done a youtube channel yet, but I think I am getting close! Great job!

May 23, 2010 12:22 PM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Evelyn - you must try it, that's where people are searching these days.

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