What social networks are you using?

Home Builder with 219-465-8352

I've spent the last couple months trying to figure out these darn social networks. 

Facebook - Here's my page - Steve Dalton Northwest Indiana Facebook

Twitter - yep the social network for those that just want to say "here's what I'm doing" Daltons Briefs Twitter

Digg - originally all about posting news, but now a social network aspect allows you to see what your friends have dugg and then help them out with positive votes and comments.  Daltons Briefs Digg

My Blog Log - a terrific way to get connected to other bloggers, now owned and operated by yahoo, so that you can increase your site's traffic.  Daltons Briefs Mybloglog

Delicious - maybe this site goes no where compared to the above sites, but I still like the relative ease of posting my favorite links. Daltons Briefs Delicious

Recently, Plaxo, formerly just a cute way to keep my outlook address book synchronized, added social networking capability.  Some nice features.  Steve Dalton Plaxo

So, where are you networking?  Am I missing one that would help me get more traffic or comments to my sites?

Update:  Great article today that you should all read Social Networking for Real Estate Agents 101

Comments (22)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Some of these social networks take just too much time and seem to have limited return. Just my 2 cents.
Nov 25, 2007 03:05 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
I use Facebook and LinkedIn occasionally but most just Active Rain.
Nov 25, 2007 03:08 PM
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent
Active Rain is the first social networking that I've ever done.  I've been invited to Facebook and have a BlogLog id but haven't done anything with them.  Don't really have the time for more than AR right now.
Nov 25, 2007 03:49 PM
Ray Essick
Coleman Realty Group - Hampton, NH
I have thought about just setting up a profile on all of them and just see what happens. I have no way of knowing what websites will still be around or which one a new customer may come from. I just can't spend time on them all. My guess is they all will have something to offer and the strong will survive. Call me old school but the old yellow pages might still win for many.
Nov 25, 2007 03:53 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Steve, I use many of these but AR is the best. I love the new feature on Plaxo. WOW Better than rss feed, wait it is a rss feed for my whole address book. IT doesn't get any easier than this.
Nov 25, 2007 09:06 PM
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
Steve - I am using just AR at this time. I have been seeing mixed review on most of the other sites.  I think going out and networking in person gives a better return.
Nov 25, 2007 09:30 PM
Jean Stevenson
Lawn Leaders Inc - Valparaiso, IN

What are your thoughts on Second Life?


Coldwell Banker is now selling homes "to the masses", who, I assume, will need landscaping. The idea of building Dripper, Blade, RickRock and Weed avatars that battle each other brings out the geek in me.   In all seriousness, part of our marketing plan is to develop these characters into kid-friendly icons that can be used in our advertising and the concept of Second Life seems to be a good fit.   

Nov 25, 2007 10:10 PM
Brett Mumaw
RE/MAX First - New Albany, IN
Your Indiana Move
Hey Steve.  I have profiles set up here, on Facebook (I sent you a friend request) and on Myspace.  To be completely honest, I have a lot of friends that use Myspace, so I guess I use it the most to stay in touch.
Nov 26, 2007 02:14 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Steve, I have not figured out how to network on these other sites.    I have joined most of them but don't know what to do with them.  I get invites from active rain friends and add them as friends but from there I'm stuck.  Maybe you could write a post on how to network on them(lol).
Nov 26, 2007 05:21 AM
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

Jean, you've taken it to a whole new level!  I need to check into this Second Life thing, sounds very interesting. 

Brett, got the invite and accepted. 

Marchel, I was travelling today so I'm sorry it took so long to respond.  I will do just that, good idea.   I think I'll ask some other smarter people to help me on that post.

Missy, I have to agree, Plaxo really hit it right.  I needed a good synchronizer for contacts, having pulse right there is awesome.  No extra work, no extra posts, but I can see what everyone's done today.

To everyone, I love to learn.  I have learned so much over the last couple months.  Just watching the great bloggers on twittter, teaches me everytime I watch.

Nov 27, 2007 11:26 AM
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

The level of expert advice here on AR is so terrific, I just happened to see that a great article was indeed posted on just this phenomenon this morning.  Everyone should read it Social Networking for Real Estate Agents 101

Nov 27, 2007 10:58 PM
Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA
Hi Steve, I followed the link in your comment to the post "Social Networking for...." here to your post.  While I am a member of all the social sites there (very new and don't utilize them very effectively though) I did not know anything at all beyond reading their names for the sites you have linked.  It was interesting to see them...I always wondered how del.ic.ious and twitter looked and what they do.  Thanks to you I have a better idea!
Nov 28, 2007 01:13 PM
Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA
Hi Steve, thanks for stopping by my AR and typepad blogs.  I have just sent you an "add to friends" Facebook request!  Nice to met you! 
Nov 29, 2007 06:21 AM
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

Deborah, I have accepted on Facebook.  This week I'm spending my time adding to my contacts and friends so that I can do more commenting and vice versa. 


Nov 30, 2007 03:52 AM
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

Rebecka, just sent you a friend request on facebook.  I've actually done better there and with digg and plaxo.

Nov 30, 2007 06:38 AM
Nick Attardi
H&H Electric Inc. - Sacramento, CA
Electrical Contractor in Sacramento
I hate to admit it, but aside from Active Rain, I am a Myspace junkie!  I have gotten business from it, and all of my friends are on it...must be my age.
Dec 02, 2007 07:48 AM
Jessica Hickok
Dizmang Properties, Inc. - Springfield, MO

I use many different social networks but one of new favorites is www.tumblr.com.  It's a cross between blogging and microblogging and you can follow others and collect followers yourself a la Twitter style.  I haven't used it for real estate, it's been more personal stuff, but in my life it all ties together. :)


Dec 15, 2007 10:42 AM
MC2 Home Inspections
MC2 Home Inspections LLC - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis home inspection service 317-605-3432

I have had some success on social networks. The ones I use are

A.R (of course, I believe it is the best)



Like someone previously stated, it does take up a considerable amount of time, but I do believe after time,  it has does reap some rewards. Even a few contacts made (for free) are better than nothing.

Mike Chamberlain
MC2 Home Inspections

Jan 16, 2008 12:42 AM
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
Hi Steve: You've mentioned a couple of networks that I haven't even heard of.  I'll have to check them out and see what they're all about.  I mostly stick to AR and recently joined Facebook.
Jan 25, 2008 11:45 PM
Steve Dalton
219-465-8352 - Valparaiso, IN
Northwest Indiana Home Builder

Ed, since I wrote this article i think I've found even more tricks and tips:

On twitter I now use twitter feed to automatically load my blog posts from all my sites directly into twitter, which of course then automatically slams them into plaxo and facebook too.   With each connection like this we get closer to having all our interesting information in one place.


Jan 26, 2008 06:40 AM