I always feel like sombeody's watching me...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Providence Group Realty TREC# 0608931
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It doesn't matter if you are a BUYER, a SELLER, or a Realtor® -- what you post on social media can and will be used against you in the course of a real estate transaction -- and beyond!

Remember how elated you were when you sat on market and eventually received your first offer? Remember when you posted about your success online with the words "FINALLY got a bite on our property!"  -- and all of your friends all congratulated you on your long-overdue success?

Remember how excited you were to find the Seller accepted your offer and that you had finally found the "house of your dreams" -- the one you "couldn't live without"?

Remember how, as an agent, you made a derogatory comment about a "difficult client"? Or shared (in a moment of weakness) your fear of making it in the industry due to a dry spell? Or worse, when you shared that political, viral, or totally base YouTube video that instantly clouded your name in controversy or negativity? Or that questionable picture you were tagged in at that "networking event" gone wild?

Jeepers Creepers! No matter what your privacy settings are on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, etc..., realize that the information you share online can be seen by individuals you don't intentionally designate. Friends, friends of friends, picture hosting / sharing services -- these avenues will RAT YOU OUT to another party who is diligent enough to research the information.

Guard your actions, your position AND your reputation CAREFULLY. Think twice about what you share via social media channels.

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Rainmaker
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Amanda Thomas ,  Social media is an awesome tool when you use it right, but if you make a mistake and do something wrong, it can be a nightmare.

May 16, 2015 01:52 PM #1
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Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

You are a Smart cookie Amanda Thomas . You never know when a seller on a home may look to see who allthe players are. I warn my clients to never say anything on social media during the transaction. Great advice!

May 17, 2015 12:30 AM #2
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Many employers and some potential customers research social media accounts as part of a background check.  Be careful what you post.

(Spy vs Spy may be searching for people using their trademarked logo.)

May 17, 2015 12:57 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Thank you, Larry Johnston and Vera Gonzalez.

Jerry Lucas, there was a recent case in the DFW area where a young mom was hired to work in a day care, and the night before she started the job, she posted a negative comment about the job (caring for other children) and was terminated. Thank you as well for the concern regarding image use. The licensing for this image denotes public domain.

May 17, 2015 01:14 AM #4
Rainer
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Careful, copyright law is separate from trademark law.  Wikimedia Commons says the copyright is in the public domain.  It does not say the trademark is in the public domain.  Logos fall under trademark law.

From Wikimedia: Trademark laws control the commercial use of logos, terms, and names related to products and services. Wikimedia Commons hosts many images of trademarks, and as long as the images do not violate any copyright, they are OK here. That applies even though certain commercial use of this material may be trademark infringement.

Trademarks may not be subject to copyright if, for example, they are too simple to acquire copyright protection, or the designs are old enough that copyright protection has expired.  You are solely responsible for ensuring that you do not infringe the rights to a trademark.

I recently did research and wrote several blog articles about federal and state trademark laws and the use of logos. Not legal advice.  I am not an attorney.

The logo is registered ® with the US Patent & Trademark Office and can be seen here:
http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4808:zhgvep.2.3

May 17, 2015 02:42 AM #5
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Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™

Very well, Jerry Lucas, better safe than sorry! :-) 

May 17, 2015 02:49 AM #6
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I try to be pretty careful.  I think sometimes I cross lines with political leanings and my VERY opinionated self, but oh well.  That being said I just don't put things about other agents in writing period.  I however think them from time to time. 

May 18, 2015 11:34 PM #7
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