Coming Soon... Notification Alerts on ActiveRain

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Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

I was never very good at keeping secrets.  Sometimes, you just get so excited that you just have to tell somebody what you're up to!

One of the key concepts we think about a lot is the idea of validation. Basically, if you write a blog, ask a question, answer a question, or partake in other activities on ActiveRain (or any site for that matter), you really want to know that somebody sees it and cares.  If you're posting blogs to a black hole, you aren't going to be doing it for very long.

Based on that idea of validation, here is what we are working on for March.

Notifications in the Global Navigation Bar

(Yes, that is the very nerdy official name of this project!)

 

By adding notifications to the global navigation bar, you will get a little ping on the site any time people engage with content you create.  Validation.

The other page this impacts is the My Home page.  As part of this project we are cleaning up the filters, layout, and messaging on that page so it is easy for you to see who is interested in what you have to say.

This project definitely isn't for the feint of heart!  The details that go into this little drop-down menu and all of the impacts it has on other parts of the site have been surprisingly complex.  Luckily, we have an amazing team of developers who can work this kind of magic!

So... there is your sneak peak behind-the-scenes for March.  This feature hasn't taken flight yet but we think we are getting pretty darned close to making it work. 

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Rainmaker
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

I am looking forward to seeing the new pings... you guys always do a good job so I'm sure the pings will be great!!!

Feb 13, 2015 01:37 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I appreciate all the hard work you are putting into this.  I am looking forward to seeing this new feature.  Like others, already stated, I don't need more emails ... like the pings idea.

Feb 13, 2015 01:56 AM #30
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Kris Neese This one is pretty cool.  It is similar to facebook.  It is always nice to know when someone pays attention and this is a sure way to witness that fast and easy.

Feb 13, 2015 02:01 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I look forward to the update.  It will be nice to receive the notifications when people interact with my content.

Feb 13, 2015 02:26 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

This is a good idea. I think that it will inspire some of us to blog more frequently.

As mentioned above, pings would be better than more emails.

Feb 13, 2015 04:24 AM #33
Rainmaker
370,688
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

While you're working, please get rid of that silly method of ranking comments by up-votes. If someone wants to sort that way, make it an option. But often there are discussions or great information given WITHIN the comments and if you destroy the continuity, you destroy a big reason for reading ALL/MOST of the comments!

 

Silly Wabbit - up-votes are for kids....

Thanks!

Feb 13, 2015 05:05 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love the "upgrades" as we say in real estate!  

 

Feb 13, 2015 06:03 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

 Agree with the ping OK but hold the emails

Feb 13, 2015 08:06 AM #36
Rainer
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Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

I agree on holding the emails.  I'm sure I'm not the only person who logs on each day to Active Rain.  And yes, I've often felt that my blogs have gone in the black hole.

Feb 13, 2015 11:48 AM #37
Rainmaker
1,066,612
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

This sounds infinitely better than the emails we are currently receiving.

Feb 13, 2015 12:44 PM #38
Anonymous
Bob Ochs

I agree with that Active Rain is always keeping current Thankyou

Feb 13, 2015 06:56 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Norma Skeete
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA

Great idea!

Feb 14, 2015 02:43 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I love it! I am excited by all the changes you are making and they really are set up to help us!

Feb 14, 2015 03:20 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Great news! It's always nice to know that a company you are doing business with cares about their customers/clients and that the company is trying to make positive improvements. Thank you Active Rain.

Feb 14, 2015 11:42 PM #42
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow - cool ideas!  Love the idea of a "ping!"  And you hit the nail on the proverbial head - big black hole!

Feb 16, 2015 02:19 AM #43
Rainmaker
703,273
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I think it's a very good idea- it's nice to have that extra information.

Feb 16, 2015 11:53 PM #44
Rainmaker
411,900
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES

Always innovating here in the Rain. 

Mar 05, 2015 07:44 AM #45
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Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Cool idea and just want all of us need more notifications.  You mean the 200 emails and thousand texts a day is not enough

Mar 17, 2015 12:02 PM #46
Rainmaker
1,044,215
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

they are here and a great way to check quickly on items to review!

Mar 22, 2015 12:33 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

A super post I came across among the many archieves and frequent bloggers. Thanks for being apart of Active Rain.

Apr 13, 2015 01:15 PM #48
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