This was a very busy and exciting week for me -- I was named CEO of Zillow. I have been inundated with congratulatory messages from friends, colleagues, business partners, and strangers. I am extremely grateful for all of the kind words that people have sent me over the last few days. It is all a little embarassing and overwhelming, and I promise not to let all of the praise go to my head.
I was surprised by how many different communications methods people used to congratulate me. Lots of emails -- yeah, that makes sense. But many people wrote on my facebook wall (despite the fact that I hardly ever use facebook); a few people tried to chat with me on facebook, which is something that I've never done before in my life; further complicating things, a lot of people commented and "liked" the post on other people's facebook walls; many people tweeted to me at @spencerrascoff; many people commented on the Zillow Blog post, or the Techcrunch or Techflash posts; many people sent messages to me through LinkedIn (more so than I expected); some people commented on my Active Rain blog; about a dozen people texted me; and a few people even sent me snail mail. But there was one obvious ommission, in this sea of social media noise: I hardly got any phone calls. In fact, I don't know if I got any phone calls.
Boy, the world sure has changed in just a few years. Most of those communication mediums didn't exist just a few years ago. Incredible.