Laurie Manny Challenge ~3 Posts I Think You Should Read.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

 

tooling around the blogosphereToday, I spent some time tooling around the blogosphere to explore new worlds with my cursor on assignment for my entry into the Laurie Manny challenge. It was very interesting to visit a number of sites in tandem with reading the cover story on social networking & Facebook in the latest Newsweek magazine. (August 2007)

You see we've been having an on-going, aggressive discussion in our home ( I live with two teenage veterans of Facebook) about if it is appropriate for people of a "certain age" to be on Facebook. They are adamant that anyone over 30 should be banned from Facebook.

To be honest, Active Rain is about as much social networking as I can handle with a full time job. However, I am surprised at how strongly my kids feel about what they think is their propriety network for teenagers and college kids.  I am thoroughly enjoying giving them moments of indigestion through expressing, out loud, my ruminations about joining. 

Anyway, I discovered fresh ammunition today in the latest Newsweek (August 27, 2007) article by Steven Levy entitled "Facebook Grows Up."  Apparently Facebook wants ME!  Last year Facebook instituted an open enrollment policy.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is  twenty three years old, in speaking with Newsweek indicates that " Facebook is not just for college student and in fact it's not just a social networking site...it a "utility" a tool to facilitate the information flow between users and their compatriots, family members and professional connections."  (Yes, the word compatriots is an exact quote)

He also refers to an intriguing concept called the "Social Graph" a mathematical construct that maps the real-life connections between everyone on the planet; describing each individual as a node radiating links to people we know. Now...I'm pretty sure my teenagers didn't know that! . 

 

Transparancy in Real Estate BlogSo, when I visited my First Choice of Blogs for the Contest, Transparent Real Estate, I was intrigued by post entitled WEB 2.0 Ahead of the Curve. because it was talking about Facebook. The initial discussion about widgets and their customization morphs into a fascinating discussion of two very different elements. 

First, using a unique standard of measure called a "Geek Index",  there is a good discussion about how different websites are applying elements of Web 2.0. Facebook is the most user friendly of the sites mentioned...thereby lowest on the Geek Index, I would presume) 

There is also an interesting Life Style website for real estate; Second Space which is connecting real estate consumers through lifestyle choices.  Although the Web 2.0 interface for Second Space is in it's infancy, I thought this was a very important development and may be a good indicator or one of the ways in which Web 2.0  will function very effectively  in the mainstream real estate community.  Second Space is a website which is striving to be more "all inclusive" of the full spectrum of decisions people make when they purchase or sell a home or vacation in a resort community.  Very interesting stuff.

 

off beat homes blog

My Second Recommendation is a wild departure from the first.  The blog OffBeat Homes is a fun and interesting look at unusual homes all over the planet as well as cool things to put inside your home to make it an interesting place to be a little eccentric.

Imagine my surprise to find an Airplane home featured from Nigeria, West Africa.  You've got to see this home to believe it.  The owner built his own version of the Taj Mahal to keep his lovely wife off of airplanes and safely in his own house.  You'll have to read the post "Its a Bird, It's A... to see if it worked! (Yes...the picture is actually a concrete airplane built on top of this home!)

 

My Third Choice of Blogs I would recommend for a Visit is the Real Estate Bubble also known as Real Estate Decline.com.  This blog covers the serious stuff which is happening in the real estate and mortgage industry.  It is  highly opinionated collection of articles from around the country tracking the "implosion" of the real estate industry. 

You may wonder why I would recommend this blog.  Well, it is one of the most famous real estate blogs in the blogosphere.  Obviously, misery loves company.  But, it also provides a concise and clear documentation of news-feed which is relevant to the challenges faced in our industry. 

 Don't expect to find many solutions to solve the problem here though.  The article which I am selecting is:   "There's No Way I'm Going to Make that Payment" which is linked through the blog post to an article from the Eagle Tribune.  One of the best ways to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past is to really understand how they were made. The Real Estate Bubble is an astute chronicler of the mistakes that have been made in the mortgage and real estate industry. 

Visiting other blogs is something I enjoy doing because it exposes me to interesting and creative ideas.  I think you'll be enriched and enlightened by time spent on any of these blogs.

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Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
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Lola-What great recommendations and yes facebook is where it is at.  My husband has pushed me to all different directions reminding me that the blogosphere is much bigger than activerain.   For a while I was fighting it....I have to check these out!  Thank you.
Aug 17, 2007 08:01 AM #6
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Hi Carol, There are many unusual homes on the site.  However, having lived in Nigeria, I thought the "airplane house" was particularly interesting.  Thanks for your comment.
Aug 17, 2007 09:27 AM #7
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Hi Katerina...Thanks for your comment & for the compliment.

Midori, are you on facebook yet.  According to Missy, quite a few Active Rainers are?  Your husband is right about the benefits of expanding our perspective on the wider world of the blogosphere.  Laurie's challenge is a worthwhile exercise in many ways.

Aug 17, 2007 09:29 AM #8
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Lola - that "Offbeat Homes" blog sounds like a lot of fun to visit - I'll have to check that one out!  Thanks for sharing that link!

Ann

Aug 17, 2007 03:21 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
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Hi Lola....you inspired me......
Aug 17, 2007 03:29 PM #10
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Lenn Harley
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Lola, Lola, Lola.  Don't send me away.  There are only so many hours in the day and, in addition to working my web sites and selling a little big of real estate, ActiveRain is all I have time for. 

I read your blogs, not for real estate information, although I get that, but for the sheer pleasure of the poetry. 

Aug 17, 2007 10:41 PM #11
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Hi Ann, The Off Beat Blog is a lot of fun!  Enjoy your visit.

Go For It Midori! :)

Hi Lenn, That comment was one of the best compliments I've received all week! :)  Totally understand the challenge of time. 

Aug 18, 2007 06:07 AM #12
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Okay...that offbeat house one sure got my attention!  I loved that...of course I love anything original and different...just like your posts!
Aug 18, 2007 07:05 AM #13
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Carole Cohen
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Lola you do write well no doubt about it. Just added offbeat homes to my favorites list. And oh yes, I like the plane house and wouldn't even mind it being next door to me!
Aug 18, 2007 10:11 AM #14
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Lola~

I am-never disappointed when I visit your BLOG. Here is a dream-post for anyone open to getting beyond his/her own limits. I have bookmarked this post and flagged it...

Aug 19, 2007 07:15 AM #15
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Angie Vandenbergh
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Your story about facebook made me think of something I heard the other day from someone that works at a university nearby....they were surveying students about their use of technology and preferences etc. When asked about their email preferences the thought was said... that they only used email to talk to 'old' people. For all their regular communication they used facebook, im and text messages etc. Said it also help cut out the problem with junk mail. I thought that was interesting, because some people aren't even using email yet :)
Aug 19, 2007 07:27 AM #16
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Sally, I had a lot of fun at that off-beat blog!  Glad you enjoyed it too!

Carole, You're one adventuresome woman! :)  LOL Thanks for stopping by to read & comment.

Thanks janeAnne,  I really appreciate your comment & compliment.  This contest has been a good experience.  I have definitely gained new insights through my travels in the wider world outside Active Rain!

Aug 20, 2007 11:20 AM #17
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John Novak
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Nice work on this, Lola! I really liked the generational tie-in with Facebook. If you think about it, members of Gen X and Y are going to be homebuyers over the next 5-10 years. So I think it benefits us to at least be familiar with their online hangouts, and if we can establish a solid presence, so much the better.

Pat Kitano writes some really good stuff. I haven't seen the others, but now you've piqued my interest. Thanks for sharing your insights!

Aug 20, 2007 03:40 PM #18
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Hi John, if you're looking for some good light hearted fun...visit the Off Beat Blog.  The Real Estate Bubble is much more intense, but is worth a visit particularly in light of some of the recent developments impacting our industry.  With reference to Facebook...the discussion is on-going. :)
Aug 20, 2007 04:06 PM #19
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Thanks so much for the Offbeat Homes link love! I appreciate it, and so does my blog :)
Aug 21, 2007 03:59 PM #20
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You're welcome Jennifer!  I enjoyed visiting your blog and thank you for stopping by to check out mine.
Aug 21, 2007 04:15 PM #21
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Gary Bolen
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The off beat blog is terrific. And appreciated. Thanks for doing this, congrats on your honorable mention, and also thanks for commenting on what we recently did. It's all greatly appreciated.
Aug 22, 2007 04:26 PM #22
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Jennifer Dazet
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Great information! I think alot of this is very useful in the career that we are all in today.  Thanks, Jenn

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Feb 09, 2008 05:29 AM #23
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You're welcome Jennifer.  Best Wishes for a Great 2008!
Feb 09, 2008 07:09 AM #24
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2008 Was great can't wait till 2011!

 

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