Stop YELLING at me!!!

Real Estate Agent with Connect

 So I just had to write this blog, even though I was done for the day and about to go outside and work in my yard...and throw an open house sign up on my listing next door....(yes, very convenient!)

Have you been sitting at your desk, searching AR or other things on the Internet and you click on a are in your quite room, with your mind on what your are doing...I think they call this focus..but that is an f word..don't like it too much.

Anyway, you click on a link and the darn site starts yelling at you...talking to you about what is on the site...I hate it.  I am trying to find a link on their site to get more info, and this voice is distracting me...adding noise to my head.

If I want to "hear" what you have to say, put it in one of those great video boxes and I will click play...and I often do...but as soon as some one starts chatting at me, when I am not ready...I hit the big X in the right hand corner of the page....gone....silence is back....ahhhhh.. 

I think it invasive, unthoughtful and doesn't flow with permission marketing...I didn't give you permission to start talking to me...I gave you permission to post your info on the web, and I will read it, or listen to it if I want to.  Boy, this sounds like I am crabby...better go outside and soak in the sun!!!


Comments (76)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Keep my speakers turned off because of this. The talking websites are very annoying.
Feb 18, 2008 03:09 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

What is really awesome [not] is when someone blogs purely to post their listings (well that part doesn't bother me) but has music on each and every when you click on their main blog page that has several blogs on have a gazillion different songs playing.  It actually is nausea inducing.

I wrote to that person and told her about it..she wrote back and said she doesn't post her blogs (duh..that annoyed me...why blog!!??) but she'd have her tech person look into it.   I visited her blog again about a week later and still the same problem.

She's blogging for nothing.  If someone happens to hit one blog of hers, fine; heaven help them if they want to see what else she's blogged about!! 

Feb 18, 2008 03:23 PM
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC
Agreed! User friendly means you should have a choice (ie, player on the side like you mentioned).
Feb 18, 2008 04:00 PM
Sandra Workman
Coldwell Banker Realty - Bradley, IL
I generally keep the volume off on my computer just for this reason.  Hate the sudden blare of music and/or a voice.
Feb 18, 2008 10:17 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Personally, I find that very annoying.  Another thing I don't enjoy are websites that have introductory pages.  I just want to go to the meat and potatoes site.

Feb 18, 2008 10:58 PM
Lee Walsh
SecurityNational Mortgage - Lake Mary, FL
Executive Talent Scout for Mortgage Professionals


A quick quiz. 

which one is worse?

The site that makes your mouse cursor have trailing bubbles or the ones that make you listen to their jabber?

A.  It's a tie. 

If microsoft or firefox are looking for next big thing to add a browser setting for it would be to allow us to turn theses off. 

Feb 18, 2008 11:40 PM
Antoinette Scognamiglio, GRI, ASP
Coldwell Banker Realty - Mountain Lakes, NJ
There's no substitute for EXPERIENCE!
This is definitely invasive marketing.  I dislike it also!
Feb 18, 2008 11:48 PM
Larry DeGroat
Realty Professionals, Inc. - Searcy, AR
ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI in Searcy
Oh, that's funny.  It is distracting and they should ask your permission.
Feb 19, 2008 12:47 AM
Elaine A. Cook
Connect - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate

To everyone: After the sun went down  I came back in, and had the family over for have been quite busy here while I was away...So the consensus is......drum roll....

So here is what we have learned....

1. Don't make noise.....yes, we can use mute...but the red X is


3. DO NOT USE Trailing mouse thingies...I hate those too!

4. The sun does shine in another one of those days today...that's 3 in a row. Whoo-hoo

5. Have our competition be sure to use items 1-3!!!!!

Feb 19, 2008 01:48 AM
Therese VanderMeer
Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids - Jenison, MI
Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities

Elaine:  I find myself now enjoying "quiet" shhhhhhhh...more and more often.  I typically keep my sound off on my computer because I don't like all the sounds it makes (like the "ding" every time an e-mail comes through). It actually scares me sometimes!  LOL  :-)


Feb 19, 2008 02:30 AM
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
I hate when it happens and you can't tell where in the heck it's coming from. It takes about 10 minutes to locate the offensive thing and shut it off.
Feb 19, 2008 07:38 AM
Cedric (Ced) Reynolds
Covina, CA
(909) 263-4569
Elaine, glad you felt comfortable enough to share your feelings.  Better to get it out than have an implosion.  Good for you... 
Feb 19, 2008 07:49 AM
Cathy & Gary Elmore
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson N - Deer Park, WA


It was 29 this morning in have sun?? Love Bellingham by the way, lived there for 5 years. 

Back to your blog, yes that irritates me too.  Wayyyy to much noise anyway don't need unsolicited stuff.

Cathy Elmore * Windermere Ocean Shores, WA.

Feb 19, 2008 08:39 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
Elaine- I hate that when  I click and I get audio without my permission. I do a lot of blogging in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep. If I forget to mute my speakers, wow, the house could wake up! I then am fumbling around trying to get the volume icon up and clicked on, and of course, at those times, my laptop decides it wants to be slow, just for me :) Katerina
Feb 20, 2008 04:07 PM
Dionne Morgan
Realty World Solano Realty - Vallejo, CA

  Elaine, Congrats on being highlighted in the 'Hidden Gems in the Rain'. I on my way over to read another one of your blogs.

I am glad you brought this subject up. I have been debating doing am overlay talking personality. You talked me out of it.

 I don't like music either: unless it is oh so quiet or I have pre-selected it.

I look forward to seeing more of you in the Rain.

Feb 21, 2008 02:39 AM
Chris Gempeler
Breckenridge Mountain Top Realtors - Breckenridge, CO
Mountain Top Realtors

I turn my speakers off at work.  I hate it when I open something and everyone in the office is looking at me.


Feb 21, 2008 04:01 AM
Judy Greenberg
Compass - Long Grove, IL
Compass- Long Grove -Buffalo Grove
Good post...and it did teach me a lesson too.  My son did a slide show for me on a previous blog and I may have to take off the music.  Thanks for the heads up. 
Feb 21, 2008 10:26 PM
Tina M. Atilho
William Raveis Real Estate - Milford, CT
A noisy comp is always irritating I agree 100%
Feb 22, 2008 03:55 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon
I have had this happen in a few blogs lately and I can't agree more. I've actually started to turn my sound off while in the rain until I see something that I want to hear! Thanks for bringing the subject up and I think it has its place, but like you said, I want it to be my choice.

Feb 23, 2008 03:22 PM
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