I'm a Groupie... You're a Groupie... But How Do We Find the Other Groupies??

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I'm a Groupie.. You're a Groupie.. BUT How Do We Find the Other Groupies?

Groups on ActiveRainDid you know that there are 7538 Groups on ActiveRain?  I've never really paid too much attention to the actual number but I knew there were a lot.   And if you're just beginning to blog on AR (otherwise known as a Newbie) or have been blogging for a while, you know that posting to Groups is one way to have your post seen and hopefully read by others.

But besides that... joining a Group and reading and commenting on the posts of others there helps you go from "Lurker" to ActiveRain participant.... it helps you become a part of the community and establish relationships, virtual or real, that makes ActiveRain the dynamic community that it is.

But how do you find all of the Groups out there?  And, what do you do when you find them? There are a handful that seem to have the most activity.... groups that are topic specific... or location or region specific.... groups with funny names.... techie groups... foodie groups...

You may be aware of this already but here are some ways to find the different Groups here on ActiveRain.

If you click on "Groups" in the top toolbar of ActiveRain, you will first come to a page with the Groups You're in on the Left and the Most Active Groups on the right.   Click on LIST GROUPS. 

                      ActiveRain Groups         

This takes you to the page where all the Groups are listed.  You can then search by:

# of Subscribers

 

ActiveRain Groups

         
          Most Active:

ActiveRain Groups

Another way to learn of new Groups.... when you read a post, scroll down and look at their 5 Groups.

ActiveRain Groups

Two other tips:
1. Be sure to read each Group's Guidelines for posting.
2. If you like a Group... be sure to post to it and encourage others to post there as well to keep it Active.

So... Come on.... Become a Groupie!
                

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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Kathy, I looked to see where my favorite people were posting to, that's how I ran across groups. I admit I only post to a few....

Great tutorial!

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Jul 11, 2011 12:36 AM #4
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kathy....I seem to post to the same groups....I need to add a few new groups to my list.....

Jul 11, 2011 12:39 AM #5
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your post.  I think we have too many groups on ActiveRain.  However, it may be a good way to identify members with common interests.

 Life is good!

Jul 11, 2011 01:21 AM #6
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy,

Great post and an excellent tutorial!! I need to search out some new groups ..we do tend to get stagnate and need to branch out and really become a groupie! Suggested.

Jul 11, 2011 01:35 AM #7
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Great info for everyone, Kathy. I love being a groupie here on ActiveRain.

Jul 11, 2011 01:47 AM #8
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Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA
SF NYC LA

Kathy - great info, not only for newbies but for everyone.  While I have my fav 5, I do try to mix it up every now and then....

Jul 11, 2011 02:51 AM #9
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Karen Hurst
RICOASTALLIVING.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!

And I am featuring this in the "Newbie Group" for others to see. Explanations are always welcome about navigating in the rain.

Jul 11, 2011 02:55 AM #10
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Like Dorie, I'm trying to branch out into other Groups as well.  It's frustrating when I target a post to a particular group because I am asking for feedback, but don't get any.  Oh well - I'll keep trying!

Jul 11, 2011 03:22 AM #11
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Andrew- see... I was not aware of this group and will head there to check it out!

Debbie- it's so hard trying to keep up with what groups there are and to try to search for them by topic.  I pretty much learn about the groups as you do.

Gabe- I agree... I would like some tweaking of the Groups but will settle for getting the server issue fixed, which I think for me has been running ok.

Andrea- thanks for a feature in one of my favorite groups.  I usually post in the same groups unless I wrtie one that is specific to a group.

Barbara- I think where you post depends upon your goal for the post.  And, let's face it... if you're looking for comments you want to find an active Group.

Roy- love the bee and the flower.  We do have a lot of groups but I do feel there are only a handful of truly active ones.

Dorie- thanks for the suggest.  I'll post in a different Group on occasion just to "meet" some different bloggers.

Toni- I do too.  It's such a great way to ask for information as well, with all of the topic specific groups.

Peggy- I have my favorites as well but it is fun to see the other groups and read posts that are there.

Karen- thank you for featuring it in the Newbies group.  There is so much information here it is tough to keep up with everything.

Jul 11, 2011 03:32 AM #12
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Julia- I know what you mean.  I've looked at some groups but unfortunately the activity in some is so light that you have to thing twice before you post there.

Jul 11, 2011 03:42 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I am not only a groupie, I am a groupie of yours Miss Kathy!  Great post, I suggested.

Jul 11, 2011 04:55 AM #14
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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi-Kathy-Even though I knew how to add more groups to my large list recently I went thru mine and eliminated some that I never posted to and added some fresh ones. Keep things interesting and you learn so much from folks you might now otherwise have done. Grat post. Have a terrific week

Jul 11, 2011 05:19 AM #15
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I'm a groupie, but I think I belong to TOO many groups.  Seems I don't have enough time to really "play" with other groupies.  Maybe I'm just too busy with work, and that's a good thing, right?

Jul 11, 2011 05:41 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- well I'm a big time Groupie and absolutely one of yours!  Thanks for the suggest.

Sharon L.-I need to do a little editing as well.  I'm joined so many but then don't frequent them much.

Donna- Oh... absolutely it's a good thing.  I also can't always remember the rules of some of the groups so end up posting to the same ones.

 

Jul 11, 2011 05:55 AM #17
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EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat
Russel Ray Photos - San Diego, CA

The first thing the boss showed me about ActiveRain was how to find groups. Of course, he also recommended a few that he thought I should join.

Jul 11, 2011 08:57 AM #18
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Eric- you had an excellent teacher!!!

Jul 11, 2011 10:25 AM #19
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kathy, now a rarely go to visit my groups because I subscribed to too many people and they keep me busy. But sometimes I visit my favorite bloggers profile and check which groups do they belong to. In the beginning I want to the leader board in my area and found local groups from the top bloggers profile. I don't think that crowded groups will give you great feed back because their front page fills up so quick you can't keep up with new posts, unless you write super good post but in this case you will get featured anyway. I think that posting to the local groups is important even if you don't have any feed back ;(

Jul 11, 2011 11:08 AM #20
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- I agree with you.  I'll post to local groups sometimes but in my area many of them don't have much activity.  There are a lot of groups, aren't there. 

Jul 11, 2011 12:53 PM #21
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kathy, the number of groups is mind boggling. I joined a lot of different groups for different purposes such as photo sharing, listings, market reports, and a  host of other topics but it's difficult sometimes to keep up with everthing and to remember all the rules pertaining to each group!

Jul 12, 2011 01:51 PM #22
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Silvia- I totally agree.  I've joined a number of groups because of a particular interest, like you said photo sharing, tech topics, local but it is too hard to remember the rules for each one.

Jul 12, 2011 04:17 PM #23
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