Rainmaker Status - to post or not to post

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Those of you that know me KNOW that I am not the controversial type.  You will also know that although I am not an "active", Active Rain user, there's a spot in my heart for this platform because of the friendships I've made and because of the mere fact that I learned so much here since 2006.

But then the whole question of our promised "Rainmaker" status gets mysteriously removed, and then I hear that many of the original founders accounts will be deleted if they don't use them because the system needs to be "cleaned up" - are you kidding me? A great gesture from Active Rain suddenly becomes nasty.  Whatever happens, happens, but I just wish communication would be better - I don't want to resent a platform that was instrumental in my involvement online, and I'm sure many of you don't either.

I still come and comment every so often, I come here to say hello, to check on some I have not heard from in a while.  So Active Rain and those of you who I consider friends - take a chill pill!  I get the whole $$$$ thing, but don't forget the human side of social media or you will have failed at the most important lesson.

And if you missed Jay Thompson's post - go take a look, interesting discussion from "old timers".

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Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I cannot agree with you. The network problems we all experienced a while ago were terrible. Posting every once in a while I do not think is too high a price to pay for what yo get here.

Jul 15, 2010 02:53 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

I don't mind posting every once in a while Charlie - that's not the point.  The point is some of us were promised something and then was taken away without any type of communication.  I feel I deserve more than that

Jul 15, 2010 02:57 AM #2
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Rick - there was communication... Bob Stewart published this post, which spelled it out rather clearly... and it was reblogged a number of times... but I readily admit, that communication could have been better, and those who were promised "infinity" could have been given more time to react.

The Rainmakers, those who "built this city", absolutely deserved to have enough time to respond, and perhaps a direct personal e-mail or two before revoking their "forever" status.

I agree with Charles, that posting every once in a while, is not too great a price to pay in order to have "free" membership.

Jul 15, 2010 03:07 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Again, I agree that posting every so often is not a great price to pay, on the contrary. 

But those of us that don't check in here often, and don't read Bob's stuff, we didn't even know this was happening.  An email is all many of us ask for.  And for the record, I think Bob, Jonathan, Brad and the rest are great guys - I hate when things get turned around.  Many of us moved on to the outside world for logical reasons.  Thanks for the link BTW, first time I even hear about it.

Jul 15, 2010 03:18 AM #4
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William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

The issue of communication, or lack thereof, is something that all of us need to be aware of when it comes to this new policy that AR has implemented.

Rick and Ines, thanks for posting this. The isue needs far more attention than what it has gotten, so...

Jul 15, 2010 03:56 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Thanks William

Jul 15, 2010 04:02 AM #6
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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

I just don't see a huge issue, but I never donated a kidney to AR, or tied myself to the community otherwise.

And, I subscribed to Official AR, Bob's, Jonathan's, and Brad's blogs long ago, knowing that those are the portals where the information on the community is disseminated.  So, I was in on the "ground floor" with the 90 day rule.

AR guys got $3 million in capital infusion a couple of years ago.  Fact:  It did not come from the United Way.  Someone is looking for a return on the business, and it IS definitely a business.

If AR eliminated my Rainmaker freebie today, I would not consider eliminating my posts.  It would be self-destructive.  The long tail benefits, the calls I get from posts from 3 years ago, the rankings I get, all for free?  Priceless.

Jul 15, 2010 04:26 AM #7
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Seems to me that cleaning up the system might also involve what appears to be thousands, or at least hundreds,of folks who add a profile and do nothing more, including no blog post. What's the value of that, except to say there are X members in the network?

Jul 15, 2010 05:12 AM #8
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Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

I can see your point however I also know that "forever" in the business world changes quite often.  Last year the brokerage I worked for went from a very simple fee structure to a very complex franchise fee structure that involved giving them more $$ per transaction.  I did get the memo but was given less than thirty days to "figure it all out".

I have seen a lot of words like "trust" being thrown around.  I do not trust anyone besides myself in this business.

I still respect the former brokers and owners I worked for.  I trust them also.  I gained from them, they gained from me.  I took my marbles to go play elsewhere.  I didn't harbor bitterness and I would still go directly to them if I needed them for something

To keep the story short.  I regularly export my active rain blog.  If they did something I didn't care for I would take my marbles and go play elsewhere.  Not after contacting them personally first with my concerns and offering constructive criticism.  They have always had a great open door policy and I still believe they do to this very day. 

Should they have done this all differently?  In my opinion, yes.  Should the members that got the shaft contacted AR when their Rainmaker status was revoked instead of letting it fester?  In my opinion, yes.  Would AR have taken care of the issue to their liking?  I think so if they were reasonable.  Should we be discussing this?  Yes.  People need to realize that things change and options are available.

Should you personally post to AR to continue to receive your Rainmaker status?  That is entirely up to you.  I love and respect ya and enjoy you immensely on FB.  Social media has sure evolved since 2006 along with our options :)

 

Jul 15, 2010 06:22 AM #9
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Hey Mike - at least you get calls - I've discussed this a million times here on AR - kudos to you

Jeff - that would totally make sense - but remember my toilet post, for example?  does it add value to my business? absolutely not!

can you go back and read the 300+ comments and smile? I think so

I may be too much of a romantic or get too emotional about these things, but the few AR posts I have had a purpose, made community and are worth more than a rainmaker status IMHO

Renee, you're da' bomb! really - the whole "forever" thing is super difficult.  I think David Gibbons made a comment on Jay's post about never using absolute words in business - I'm sure we all live and learn. 

For many of us that don't come  here anymore, it's a question of value.  I don't get business from here, so I don't post here - it's simple.  But it doesn't mean I don't value the network, quite the contrary.  Could I delete my content here without repercussions to my blog and business? yes - but I don't want to because it brings good memories.

And to clear things up, I don't mind writing here every so often - the audience here is different than at Miamism - it was nice to at least have the choice.

Jul 15, 2010 08:33 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Jeff - here's the link to the toilet post

http://activerain.com/blogsview/161817/toilet-for-sale-house-comes-with-it-

Jul 15, 2010 08:34 AM #11
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Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Sweet, May I have a mojito now?

Jul 15, 2010 09:44 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

MOJITO CHEERS!!!  renee! :)

 

Jul 17, 2010 06:17 AM #13
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Ines,

I'm one of those in agreement with you on the issue when it comes to communication, or lack there of. I'm not so sure it's about being cut off, it seems like it's about the level of communicating the issue more effectively. I can't begine to tell you how many friends that I know that this has happened to.

Aug 29, 2010 04:21 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Lynda, and it goes so beyond communication too - how about the real live relationships we have formed? All the AR guys know me (live and in person) - we have shared experiences....is that not worth anything?  BUSINESS is BUSINESS but a iittle bit of humanity and emotions should be involved,  no?

Aug 30, 2010 04:57 AM #15
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

Hi Rick & Ines,

I have been on AR for over 4 years, but I wasn't active until this year so I was grandfathered in as a "Rainmaker."  AR has also been instrumental in me blogging and becoming more active on social media.  I am sorry to see one of the top people in our county not posting anymore, and I hope that you do drop a post here and there.

I will subscribe as I feel its good to learn more about the local members.  Thanks!

Phil

Dec 28, 2010 01:18 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Well Phil,

I just lost my rainmaker status again because I didn't get alerted to post here.  That just shows the mutual value this adds - both from AR to us and vise versa.  Happy Holidays to you.

ines

Dec 28, 2010 07:42 AM #17
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Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN

ah what ever.  I am an older timer than most . . at least on the interwebs.  if Active rain were at all important to my business I would pay for rain maker status but it isn't so I won't.  You used to be such a pest on Active rain. ;) 

Apr 05, 2011 04:39 AM #18
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Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

My friend.....HAHAHA..just was reading a few posts today and saw this..I kinda miss the old days on AR...too bad the other 200,000 members who weren't part of it can't appreciate all the stuff we went through...some are now rehashing stuff we invented...they also probably don't realize that us slow FL people had the first AR meet ups ever.....and a few of us have had 4 of them!

Nov 02, 2011 06:35 AM #19
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