"New and Improved!" - Recent Changes to ActiveRain

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Several improvements were rolled out in the ActiveRain platform last night (actually, early this morning).

They include:

  1. New Search program - Can I get a huge collective "AMEN!" from the group? You'll now find a customized Google search that provides much more accurate results, and allows you to break down the search filter by Members, Blog Entries, Groups, and 'Q&A' Questions. Just enter your search term, and the filter categories will show up. Unfortunately, it does not support searching "Members Only" posts.
  2. Disabled Commenting- A number of our members have wanted the ability to disable the commenting feature on their blogs. Now, at the bottom of the page to 'post/edit' a blog post, there is a checkbox that will allow you to disable the ability for people to leave comments on that particular post. Personally, I think that this negates the whole intent behind conversational blogging. But hey, what do I know! We're here to serve the expressed desires of our membership!
  3. No Listings in the Professional Category- a constant problem we've had is members publishing their listings to the 'Professional' category. Many people felt this was inappropriate. Now when you publish a listing, and click the category that specifies it as a listing, it will automatically disable the checkboxes under the 'For Professionals' category.

These improvements were the direct result of YOUR input, the valued members of OUR community. By working together, we will help this Network reach its full potential to effect positive change in our industry!

Rich (newbie ActiveRain demi-god)

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Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
Rich. Thanks for the updates on what's going here at Active Rain. Have a great day..
Jan 19, 2008 03:17 AM #80
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Alexander - obviously there must have been enough member requests and interest to warrant the 'no comment' feature. We don't make just any ole change that comes along, but only if enough members request it. As I said, personally, I don't get it, but that's just me. To each their own!
Jan 19, 2008 06:17 AM #81
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing


I am sure there were a BUNCH of people who wanted the "No comments" option....... but like you, I fail to understand why... I guess just to give the members what ActiveRain© thinks is good for them is the best thing to do..... even if the reason is not readily understood......

Great customer service is a wonderful thing, Rich...keep it up, buddy!!
It will keep the network growing consistently....




Jan 19, 2008 07:13 AM #82
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes
Good job Rich! I like ALL the fixes.
Jan 19, 2008 08:19 AM #83
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I agree with Ann Cummings...

Fire 'is' Fire after all :)


Jan 19, 2008 08:36 AM #84
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
I saw that disable comments thing and was like....why in the world would I want to do that....but hey, to each his own. Thanks for all the great updates!
Jan 19, 2008 09:01 AM #85
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

GREAT changes!  This is great news--I already noticed early this morning, that the option to not allow comments was there and I thought that maybe I had just never noticed it before!!


Jan 19, 2008 09:11 AM #86
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead
Nice improvements Rich, although I too don't understand why you'd want to disable commenting.  Thanks for pointing out the goodies.
Jan 19, 2008 02:29 PM #87
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
AMEN!  Very very good!  Thank you!  Happy NEW Year!
Jan 20, 2008 06:17 AM #88
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
I don't know why you made 2 of the changes, but It doesn't matter, you guys just keep improving the system, and we will all benefit from it.
Jan 21, 2008 03:33 AM #89
Meg Zoller
Keller Williams - Houston, TX
Houston Fine Homes

Rich - Yeah!!!  I'm so excited about the new "search".  That is definitely a majot plus in my book!  #2 seems silly to me, but must be important to others . . .so good for them!  #3 - I never thought too much about. 

Have a great week!



Jan 22, 2008 03:12 PM #90
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
That is the one thing that sets AR apart from the other link farms "real estate social networking sites", the constant upgrades and improvements. -Charles 
Jan 24, 2008 07:16 AM #91
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
Thanks for the upgrades. It is always good to see new improvements to Active Rain.
Jan 25, 2008 03:03 AM #92
Darryl Glade
RE/MAX N.O. Properties - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate
The upgrades are great! The search engine is exciting.
Jan 25, 2008 09:58 AM #93
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team
Rich - I am so glad the search came back.  Thanks for a heads up on the upgrades.
Feb 02, 2008 03:51 AM #94
Maria Borci
Colfax Realty Group - Doral, FL
P.A., TRC, REO - Doral Pinecrest FL Real Esta
Hey guys, thanks, is good to use the Contact Us button because the feedback is incredible.
Feb 03, 2008 10:55 AM #95


Thank you very much.


Tom Braatz

Feb 03, 2008 11:47 PM #96
Cassie Hansley
Wilikinson and Associates - Lincolnton, NC
I love the changes too. Thanks Cassie
Feb 04, 2008 06:32 AM #97
Kay Perry
Kay Perry, Broker - College Station, TX
Thanks for keeping us up to date.
Feb 28, 2008 09:21 AM #98
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

'Just stumbled upon this.  Rich, we miss your wonderful "official" AR posts.  No one does them like you!

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