ActiveRain - Same Old Lang Syne...

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"the snow turned into rain..."

ActiveRain is a thing and as much you you sometimes want things to stay the same... things change...

I miss...

Kristal Kraft being active in the Rain. Kristal was the first one who ever commented on my ActiveRain blog. She was followed momentarily by Maureen Francis whom I'd invited to ActiveRain. I miss MF on ActiveRain for much more than the points I got from her participation.

I miss Leanne Paynter reluctantly participating in ActiveRain. It was like pulling teeth to get Leanne to join.

I miss the Minnesota tiara slipping back and forth between Teresa Boardman and Bonnie Erickson... I miss the Codgers and their cohorts. I miss Jay Merton.

I miss Teri Lussier...it's been two months since Teri posted a blog on ActiveRain.

I miss Caleb.

I miss Mark Flanders. I miss Roberta Murphy. I miss Jonathan Dalton. I miss Eddy and Scott in CA.... I had to look them up to see how to spell Eddy and what their last names are. Eddy Martinez and Scott Gormley... The funny thing is some of the people I miss may still be here on ActiveRain. I just don't see them the way I did when ActiveRain was smaller. I saw Jennifer Kirby recently and thought Jennifer had been away from ActiveRain for months. Jennfier wasn't gone, I just lost site of her. Jennifer is probably more of a friend of a friend, than a friend on ActiveRain but when I got a glimpse of her I thought "I've missed Jennifer... she's been gone..." You can't see it all, read it all on ActiveRain as ActiveRain get's larger but I associated with Jennifer recently when I saw her and felt like I was seeing an old friend.

I miss ActiveRain being smaller... I like the new members. I keep inviting people, I invited someone who commented on my RealTown blog on Saturday, invitee number 67... or 68. Although ActiveRain is not as much fun for me as it used to be, I still believe it is the best place I know if to learn about blogging in the real estate world so I will continue to invite people to participate on ActiveRain... and welcome new people.

There is no going back. You can't go back to how it was in high school, or college. You can't go back to the way it was in a relationship....

You can buy a six pack and sit in the car and reminisce about old times.... remember when...



Who do you miss from earlier times on ActiveRain? Feel free to include a link to their profile, their ActiveRain blog or a particularly poignant past post by another ActiveRainer for you....


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Rainmaker
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Hi Maureen, I didn't join until we had over 40,000 on AR and that was just a over a year ago and look at it today.....the growth is amazing.  I was shocked you have invited that many new members....Very Nice post Maureen have a great 2008.
Jan 02, 2008 11:37 AM #25
Rainer
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inactive AR account
Dayton, OH

Nice post Maureen. 

I have thought about this for awhile myself, and I have to admit I don't miss AR. I never really enjoyed it tremendously to begin with and got completely burned out last summer, but, having said that, Active Rain has brought me opportunities and introduced me to people that I would never have had without it. I'm indebted to this place, and you for bringing me to this party, but don't care for it. If that makes sense. Yeah, that's pretty much like high school! :-)

I enjoy other means of communicating so much more than here. The people I like from here are elsewhere, except Caleb, Elaine, and Anthony Clark, and I havent' seen Art Blanchet around lately outside AR. I do miss them. I need to check in here because they have not made a regular jump to Twitter. Which brings up a good point. Since so many people are twittering it's not necessary for me to be here regularly to keep in touch.

I like to hang with people in different businesses, different walks of life- that's what makes twitter so interesting to me, and AR not so interesting. I follow all kinds of people on twitter- I learn so much.  

The other issue I have is with putting time and effort into producing content for a website other than my own- Ownership issues- who owns the content here? What happens to content? For example, I don't like the ads that are now here- I don't have ads on my blog for a reason. Things are happening here that I don't particularly like, but I have no say in it. On my blog, I am the queen. It works for me. ;-)

I agree with you that there is no better place to cut your blogging teeth, but I encourage people to move off asap. 

I'm thinking there were less than 12000 people here when I joined in summer of '06.  

Jan 02, 2008 12:15 PM #26
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTORĀ® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

Teri said a lot of things that I agree with. I'm reading fewer and fewer people and spending very little time here because the quality of the posts has deteriorated as the good bloggers have left. 

It's been disappointing that the AR Gods aren't willing to control the plagiarism or gaming. I think that will impact the respect this platform receives from outsiders and from Google. I've already noticed that my blog and even my web site, are doing better on Google than my AR posts. Those posts used to come up on page one ... now they're on page 2 or 3. My blog and web are now on page 1.

Back in Sept, someone noted that AR's Page Rank dropped when Google reset then. For someone only posting to AR, and who doesn't have their own blog, they may find themselves in a predicament.

Jan 02, 2008 03:56 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Columbus Ohio Real Estate
Thanks for the comments all.  See you on Twitter Teri.
Jan 02, 2008 09:25 PM #28
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Karen Hurst
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Maureen,

I only saw this post because of a TEST post you just put up. I'm with you. I was just thinking of writing a post about the people I "miss". MOO is one. Kristal Kraft and Maureen Francis whom I thought of as icons at the time. They say change is good, but hey I'm from New England. We resist change!!!  I especially miss Caleb! There are so many people who have been here, made an impression, and slipped away!  You're right about most of them being on other networks, but they are not the same as being here:( 

Here's a toast to Innocence and a Wonderful New Year! Peace!

Jan 04, 2008 03:52 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Karen...  maybe having Rich J working for AR will bring back the community feeling of AR.  It will never be the same but I hope it can be better....

sorry about the test.  I just had to know...

Jan 04, 2008 04:18 AM #30
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Karen Hurst
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Maureen, So did you find out? I am curious. I was not aware of Richs job change, but hope you are right. He is one of the originals. Cripes, I feel like an elder!
Jan 04, 2008 10:26 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Jonathan W. blogged about it on Thursday.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/325593/Rich-Jacobson-employee-1

 

Rich's title has to do with 'community" he's the "godfather of ActiveRain" now... I think Linda Davis coined the title.

Jan 04, 2008 05:48 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I deleted my Localism photos today too... not sure why... because Kristal and Elaine did?  Because someone could steal them? Because I don't want my photos consorting with pictures of local gas stations, strip malls, members kids and subdivision signs?  I think I deleted all of mine  I did not have that many up.... I am not much of a photographer.

I deleted them after reading the post Colleen has about the photos in Localism now...  Ohio did not look as bad as some states must no photos of interiors of homes... no pictures of real estate signs but there were still some photos that people were complaining about months ago, where a member posted strip malls maybe Ohio was never edited like other states.

I guess I wonder don't any photos you use on an ActiveRain post or your real blog or another social network end up on Google images anyway for people who will take them to steal and use?  If you remove photos from AR but post those photos on another social network like say Realty World on Ning.com are you any further ahead?  

Jan 05, 2008 02:04 AM #33
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Elaine Reese, REALTORĀ® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

Over the holidays, I watermarked all my photos on my WP blog with my web address. At the same time, the file name I gave to the photos contained the word 'copyright'. So the file name might be "copyrighted Olentangy River summer". Then after replacing the previous photo with the new watermarked one, I deleted the previous photo.

I'm going to delete the photos I have on Real Estate World and replace them with the watermarked photos.

I found a guy using a photo I had taken (train tracks) and is using it as the background to his MySpace page.

I've sent a question to Bob regarding this issue. The problem with AR is that (1) we can't access our photo file on AR and AR assigns their own name to our photos. I think that means that deleting them from our posts or on Localism doesn't really remove the photo (or the link) on the servers. Thus, any photos on Google Images will still carry a live link to the AR server. I've asked Bob if that could be changed.

Any photos that are currently on Google Images will still be able to be stolen by right-clicking, From now on, any photos I use will carry the watermark.

Jan 06, 2008 03:16 PM #34
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Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
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Maureen, I miss the old days, too. Teri Lussier, and Maureen, Leanne, and Shari George who is not around much anymore. Laurie is here less and less. The Intimacy ...Marti G and I at would talk every night at 2 am in the comment boxes...Now I never catch him in the same place.

There are some terrific new bloggers that I follow. Elizabeth Nieves, Paul Slayburgh, and Martin Asbeshaus, Patricia Kennedy.

I do hate the fact that plagiarized posts are allowed to remain on the network, It makes me sick. It is so wrong. What happens if a lawsuit shuts us down? I have emailed and talke to the big boys about this. Removing points is not enough.  This is still the best place to learn about marketing techniques and Seo,  i was clueless to most of this stuff before. After reading the comments I am concerned again about my photos on localism I have quite a few. and have been thinking about watermarking... Wow that would take a lot of time.. I  wonder if there is a shortcut way to do it?

About Localism..who is looking after it?In my market, posts that are 6 months old are in front of recent ones??? 

I have an outside blog with Wordpress. I am planning on revamping it to include IDX...  

Thanks for adding me as associate, I just added you thought for sure I had you on there! 

 

Jan 08, 2008 02:36 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Ginger I added you as an associate when I saw a comment from you about something you are going to post... I did not want to miss it.  Yeterday I added you and a few people I have known a long time because of my Old Lang Syne attack at the end of 2007. 

I probably will add more so I don't lose sight of people.    

I think the nature of the internet how someone who is plagiarized uses a DMCA protects AR from being involved in a lawsuit over plagiarism.   I don't understand 100% the process... Lenn or Elaine or others understand it better probably   The person who is stolen from can get the plagiarizer to fork over bucks but all they can do to AR is make them take it down???  Or I suppose anyone can sue but the first thing to do is a DMCA, and if a platform is smart they would comply quickly.  The fact that there is so much that is not taken down would lead me to believe AR is  not getting DMCAs saying take that down, that is mine!

 

I see lots of plagiarized stuff on the Realtor.com blogs, WordPress.com blogs, Blogger.com blogs too, not that it makes it right on AR but I think it is epidemic across the blogosphere so I try not to judge AR harshly or get upset about something I have no control over.  All I can do is resist any urges of my own... to steal maps, images,  others posts.  So far, so good! 

I hate the thought of watermarking pictures.  I am not a photographer! I absolutely hate editing photos in anyway. 

I was posting stuff to Localism but I don't see a point until they redo it, upgrade it, revamp it.  I am getting aggravated that, that is taking so long.   I am not sure I want my stuff mixed in with other peoples either...  I go back and forth on that I have two other totally local blogs. Maybe for me that is enough and maybe AR is just for me to talk to others in the industry....  It will look funny on Localism though it seems like it would not be fair to have the placement on the page without contributing local content.

Jan 08, 2008 03:24 AM #36
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTORĀ® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH

Regarding Localism, as Mitchell Hall noticed, when I view the 'referral links' from StatCounter or even my WP blog, the domain is hardly ever from Localism, but rather from Active Rain. I pruned some of my posts over the holidays - those with no or very few comments, unless the post was totally targeted to my local area.

Going back and adding a watermark to the photos I've used was VERY time-consuming! It won't solve the problem of people right-clicking the photos that are on Google Images now, but at least going forward they'll be protected. I'll now gradually start replacing the photos on AR as I have time.

When Localism was first introduced, Maureen Francis asked the question as to why we should give it value with our posts, and be next to the posts from gamers. It's been very disappointing that AR has chosen quantity over quality. I don't know about other states, but Ohio is a joke. People that have never posted at all show up in the Top Agent. Plus, there's too many people who haven't even entered a photo. Months ago people ask that a time-limit be put on a newbie for (1) doing a profile and (2) doing a post. If they don't do either within those time-frames, then they would be deleted. But AR didn't respond to that suggestion either as a way to clean it up.

Jan 09, 2008 03:36 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Localism is definitely not ready for prime time and is not optimized for the search engines the way that ActiveRain is. 

It's been in a holding pattern too long.  

Jan 09, 2008 03:59 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent

I find myself visiting outside blogs more and more, but lately there have been some good posts on AR, so I find myself visiting more often during the week. I think the problem is that I don't comment as much, but have been lurking. I am still here though! :)

Jan 12, 2008 07:52 AM #39
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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hello Maureen, I noticed the post and started reading and just couldn't stop. The comments and your reply comments have shed a lot of light on some of the evolution here on AR. Fascinating to read and enlightening as well. I was in the newer class having not posted till March 30th, 2007. I joined in Nov of 2006 but had no idea what I had joined. We have grown so fast and there have been whole blocks of time, mostly starting after the fires here in Rancho Bernardo on Oct through the Holidays, that I, even loving AR as much as I do, just couldn't get with the program and post the way I should. I used to comment with such total regularity and find even that waned to not even logging in for many days in row.

I am glad I read all this, it somehow makes me feel that I have company and that it is OK to once in while just get lost in other areas in life and not have guilt feelings that somehow you are letting others down.

The You Tube addition made this post especially enjoyable.

PS, I think you are right about Rich and what he will contribute to the site with his vision. It was a great stroke of luck for everyone still here. Rich was then and still is about " community". Wishing him all the very best.

Happy New Year Maureen!

Jan 19, 2008 06:19 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

 

Rich is all about community.  Perfect for the job. 

Welcome back to AR.  I know Roberta was MIA for a bit after the fires, and others too.

Happy New Year William!

 

Jan 21, 2008 01:44 AM #41
Rainer
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Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate
Maureen, The early days of blogging were indeed fun and exciting times! I enjoyed the postcard. Didn't Dan Fogelberg die recently?
Jan 31, 2008 02:30 AM #42
Rainer
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Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate
Maureen, The early days of blogging were indeed fun and exciting times! I enjoyed the postcard. Didn't Dan Fogelberg die recently?
Jan 31, 2008 02:30 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Is blogging in general not as fun?  Or is it ActiveRain?  Fogelberg did die... the week before I wrote this...  I think... or maybe it was a couple of weeks. 

Jan 31, 2008 02:42 AM #44
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