A million ways to say "congratulations", and none of them were by phone

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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.

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Comments (10)

Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

one of the first (depends how fast I type) to send the first CONGRATS from activerain. Look forward to your directing zillow moving forward

Sep 17, 2010 06:19 AM
Royal LePage Connect Realty - Toronto, ON

Spencer, I know why you did not get any telephone calls. I tried surprising you with a call and your voicemail does not accept messages.  Just wanted to congratulate you on your new position. Best of luck to you.

Sep 17, 2010 06:22 AM
Spencer Rascoff
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Haha -- yes Donna, that is true, my voicemail doesn't take messages. But still -- the phone hardly rang!

Sorry I missed your call, and thank you for the congratulations.

Sep 17, 2010 06:26 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Congrats, Spencer.  May you bring good things to Zillow.

meanwhile, Jon Kolsky is ramping up his "carpetbombing" of the Zillow advice area, asking for you!!  Maybe you can delegate someone to go over there and disable his keyboard?

Sep 17, 2010 11:34 AM
Spencer Rascoff
Zillow - Seattle, WA


Yes we know. Working on that...

Sep 17, 2010 11:37 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

good to know... now since I know you're working on it... I'll stop "leapfrogging" him, and "flagging"... and let you do your "thang"...

ain't having the desk where the buck stops grand?

Sep 17, 2010 11:52 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Thank you.   As of this moment.. it seems to have worked.  Whatever you did, thank you.

Sep 17, 2010 03:31 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Congratulations, Spencer.

Yes, I am just one more.

But, it is one more.

I'll be calling you tomorrow to congratulate you. (Just kidding)


Sep 17, 2010 06:01 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Congratulations Spencer, you will be great. I had read it on so many blogs I follow. Suggested for a feature here.


Sep 18, 2010 03:43 AM
Angie V

Reminds me of something I heard recently in response to someone not replying to a text... real friends call :)

Oct 11, 2010 03:01 AM