Visible Online?

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You asked for it, you got it!  You can now opt out of being visible online.  So lurk away!

There's a new setting.  When logged in, go to My Home.  Click on Settings in the left hand nav and you should see, under General, "Allow others to see when you're online".  

Note though, we're not just showing you online for the no reason (well, right now I guess we technically are :).  We're working on some features to allow members to interact in real time (hopefully chat - still in R&D), field questions from potential clients, etc. - if you're not visible online you probably won't be able to use these features when the come out.

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Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn


I know there are Chinese restaraunts in Chicago. They come with the fortune cookies sometimes.

Options and privacy are good. I find it interesting to see who is up really early on the west coast and who is up really late on the east coast.

Dec 11, 2006 01:42 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
Love the new features - thanks for the continued improvements.
Dec 11, 2006 01:51 AM #18
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
Thank you, thank you - That's great, especially being able to set whether we're visible or not.  You guys are awesome!
Dec 11, 2006 01:58 AM #19
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Thanks for the update, I look forward to the new features
Dec 11, 2006 02:11 AM #20
Suzanne Marriott
Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Anthem, AZ
Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO
I have gone to the settings page and duly clicked the button - now you see me - now you don't!
Dec 11, 2006 02:23 AM #21
Nima Rezvan
Nima Rezvan Prospect Mortgage NMLS#110681 - Fairfield, CT
First Time Home Buyer Expert - CT FHA Loans - FHA 203k - CT Mortgage

Live Chat with Active Rain members!  Wow, talk about an addiction to Active Rain that can multiply by a 1,000 times!  That would be pretty neat.  Seeing how we are in a day of age that no one knows how to make a phone call anymore.  Only emails, faxes and text messaging. 

Dec 11, 2006 02:40 AM #22
Ben Wiseley
Kirkland, WA

Maureen:  It's actually a little smarter than that (the online thing).  The way it works is every time you do anything on the site (and are logged in) we add you to the online queue.  Every 10 minutes we have a program delete all records from that queue that are older than 10 minutes.  This means, if you stay logged on, but don't do anything, you should drop off that queue in 10 or so minutes.

But - we understand "lurk" mode.  We're all supposed to be working too :) 

Dec 11, 2006 02:42 AM #23
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
Can you build it so that only TLW can see when I'm online?
Dec 11, 2006 02:44 AM #24
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL
Okay Turner! Quit making me laugh. You're killing me. :) TLW...ROAR!
Dec 11, 2006 02:51 AM #25
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I'm with Lisa and Gabriel on this one - I'm here TO be seen!

The more contact, the better - that's the whole point!

It's nice to have it offered as an option though, it might help Newbies be more comfortable at first.

Chris in TRIPLICATE?!? Uh oh.... 

Dec 11, 2006 02:57 AM #26
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Lisa - I couldn't have explained it much better than Maureen McCabe did... "Some don't want to look as if they spend their whole day on Active Rain because that could be imisinterpteted."  You may also get a better understanding of how some of us feel about this by reading these two posts:

Voyeur?  Shy? by Maureen McCabe and The Privacy Protection Question Mark by Maureen Francis

Ben - Thanks for the clarification.  It helps to know this stuff.  Unfortunately for me, because I multi-task so much, sometimes even while I'm on a long phone call, I'll be clicking away around AR, so it would keep me on the queue which would make me still appear to be "actively" blogging even though all I'm doing is surfing AR while on a call.  Also, on the days I publish a post, I try to check the "My Home" page every 5-15 min. (while working on other things) in case someone leaves a comment I want to reply to right away.  There is a method to my madness!

Dec 11, 2006 03:05 AM #27
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...
 Too much, excellent idea and features. Every week lately on AR has been like a new adventure.
Dec 11, 2006 05:32 AM #28
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc - Eustis, FL

Oh, no... they're watching me.  Oh, wait... I want to be seen.

But I like the option to be hidden.  Thanks for giving it us.

Marc - Behave. :)

Dec 11, 2006 05:45 AM #29
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
The whole point of networking is meeting others. But if some want to lurk in anonimity, I guess that's fine too. -Charles
Dec 11, 2006 07:37 AM #30
Toby Barnett
KW Northwest - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
Show me "ONLINE" and can't wait to direclty interact...but a blog will have to be pretty powerful to even get that kind of response from a consumer, IMO...i'm like...why not :) thanks gang!!
Dec 11, 2006 08:00 AM #31
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

I think that some of the "older" Active Rainers like the option to decide whether they are showing online or not because after doing this everyday, sometimes you just want to be able to get your comments in and do a blog without interuption.

With the new features coming up, which I think will be great, there may be times you do not want to be fielding questions either.

This way, we can all pick and choose what we want to do.


Dec 11, 2006 09:26 AM #32
Keith Jeppson - Salt Lake City Real Estate
Everest Realty Group - Holladay, UT
Thanks for the option.  I don't like being interrupted by a contact when I'm working on a blog.  I'd prefer to be invisible at those times.
Dec 11, 2006 10:38 AM #33
Carl Guild
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties - East Hampton, CT
Central Connecticut Real Estate
Awesome - I can't wait to bother, I mean consult, all the experts here REAL-TIME with all my questions. What a beautiful service!
Dec 11, 2006 01:36 PM #34
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
Many thanks for taking the time to explain the options available to us.  Very helpful
Dec 28, 2006 12:26 AM #35
Denise Shockey
RE/MAX Aerospace Realty - Cocoa Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate

Great article, thanks for the help and sharing crucial information!

Denise Shockey

Nov 18, 2007 07:56 AM #36
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