Just Because A Post Is Featured Does Not Make It True

Reblogger Eileen Hsu
Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Katerina Gasset is one of our favorite Active Rain bloggers here. Katerina always offer her Active Rain peers on blogging tips, newest technology information whether is Google news or social media, and not to mention she is a wonderful Real Estate coach for either Real Estate agent web presence or just in general. Katerina continues to pay it forward to Active Rain.

Recently Katerina wrote a blog about ActiveRain feature post is not always 'True', we should always verify the facts in those blogs. I agree completely. Here is the reblog, I hope you can reblog it as well, or suggest it 'featured' on Katerina's blog.

Original content by Katerina Gasset DRE# SL641317

Just because a post is on the feature board on ActiveRain does not mean the information in the post is correct or true. activerain featured posts

Posts get featured in several ways but NOT  one of those ways is one where ActiveRain staff are going through every post and verifying all the facts making sure it is all fact or opinion and that there is no misrepresentation of facts or errors in statements of fact. There is just not enough time in the day to do that and not enough staff members at ActiveRain Corp. to be able to handle such an expectation. 

People who like a post you wrote click the suggest button on your post to alert the staff at AR that there may be a post worthy to be featured. 

Then there are those who game that system. There are of course, as is to be expected in any group or community those that band together and as a group click the suggest buttons on each other posts. 

When ActiveRain first started they did not have the employees who could be assigned the featuring task so they had members volunteer to be moderators. The moderators had feature authority. Of course because moderators are human, there were situations and accusations of some of the moderators 'playing favorites'. This practice ended and then the staff primarily were in charge of featuring posts. 

The staff get accused of playing favorites as well. But as I have been here since 2007 watching all of this I see that it is more so the groups who click the suggest button over and over again on the same people within their groups. The staff is caught in the middle because there is no clear evidence that this happens. The staff also have other duties during the day besides featuring posts so to have to research where all the suggests are coming from is also time consuming. But AR can see who suggests who.

Of course there are great writers who are featured often because they are good writers with content that is valuable and opinions that are worthy of sharing. 

So when you read a post that is on the feature board on AR- just because it is there- remember that the facts contained therein have not been verified. 

Just because something is written- does not make it true. 

There are a lot of posts and featured posts with incorrect advice on how to do a short sale and who can do a short sale, etc. 
There are a lot of posts and featured posts about how to run your business, what to do as an agent, what is ethical or not, etc. 
There are a lot of posts and featured posts about SEO, internet marketin, social media, you name it, that is not exactly factual or verifiable.  

Remember before you take someone's word as truth, verify the facts. That includes me. Don't just believe what I say, check it out, do your due diligence. 

One way you can find out whether something is working that a post tells you to do is to go ahead and ask the writer, how is that technique working for them? How many houses have they sold because of applying that technique or action plan. Have they gotten any real people to sell a house to or list a house for because of something they are telling you to do? 

Always go back to: How's that working for you? Remember, don't blame the AR staff for posts that are not true or verified.

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David Shamansky
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Wow you are  not kidding this is an awesome reblog!

thanks! I am going over to suggest and comment now!

Oct 30, 2011 03:51 AM #1
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

This is how we have been taught for 40 years at a slow pace. WhenI was growing up in the 50's you bellieved everyone News people were like Gods, Politicians above the Gods and people always were honest (it was a world so these were mostly neighbors and family friends. The in the 60's we dropped families, friends  and others but thenews people and politicians OH YEA they never lied. Then in the 70's we had Watergate and the politicians were dropped from the believiabity scene but the News people were still believable. Then after the 90's we stopped being able to believe them as well.

Then they went after the religious people to show that we can't believe them so now we as a society accept the white lies as close enough and unless the lie actually affects us we just accpet who ever is talking so we don't have to confront the lies.

That is why our kids love texting it is non confrontational and we don't have to acknowlege lies or truth, it is what we want it to be.

Oct 30, 2011 04:00 AM #2
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Eileen- Thank you for the re-blog! I certainly appreciate it very much! Katerina 

Oct 30, 2011 05:54 AM #3
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