When I am reading comments to both, they sound as if AR problem was in Trulia or Zillow.
No, folks. It is AR problem. AR, which lost its identity and became a compendium of endless Market reports and listings. Zillow has nothing to do with what AR has become.
It is obvious now that Zillow does not see any value in Active Rain. But how could Zillow see the value where we do not see it?
We can’t blame them for that. Recently, when I said that Zillow simply got AR and they do not need it, Jay Thompson from Zillow commented that this was not true, that Zillow was interested in Active Rain and very much aware…
I asked him whom of us two was hallucinating. Now we all know the answer:)
The major question remains. What the future of AR would be. Would it be as mediocre, as it's present?
I read Ben Kinney’s blog post. Over 300 comments, wow… Haven’t seen this level of interest and activity from members for a very long time. What it tells us is that mediocrity of AR in its current state (and for quite some time now) is obvious to members. Even those who kept saying all along that AR is the best thing after sliced bread…
These hundreds of comments clearly show that it is not.
I do not see much in the "philosophies" stated in Ben’s blog post. I do not understand how Ben can have two philosophies. You can have principles, and more than one, but only one philosophy. And so far we have no idea what it is. And knowing the philosophy would be great.
“Over the past five years, ActiveRain has been in the capable hands of some of the most innovative stewards in the business.” (See Ben’s blog).
I hope this is just PC. If this were true, people would not be so hyped about the future of Active Rain, which so many see in its past. I mean not technically, as it was crap, but philosophically.
I have been critical of AR since they ousted Jon Washburn. We got Nikesh Parekh and Market Leader running the ship, but we lost a compass... Or the philosophy, if you prefer.
So many are happy with the return of Bob Stewart. I share this joy. But it is not Bob Stewart’s AR, it is Ben Kinney’s as of July 1, 2015, and Ben Kinney’s philosophy is the key. It is Ben, who has (or does not have) the compass, and Bob will help steering the ship.
After all, Bob was helping Nicki steering the ship after they kicked out Jon Washburn, and we all sailed into nowhere…
What is beyond going independent? Who said mediocrity can’t be independent?
I am not personally concerned, as I have been living through the pathetic state of AR for years. It hardly can be any more pathetic.
But when I hear about going back to glorious days of AR, I am hearing hope.
What confuses me is that I know that original AR was not really a business model, so imagining Ben running not really a business, is an enigma to me. Obviously, he sees something there that we do not see. And what he sees is the most interesting thing.
So far I liked Ben’s promise not to turn AR into the channel for some company, or product. But even since Trulia got AR, we did not have it anyway. All this incessant promotions were before. They actually started when Jon Washburn was trying to monetize on the not so monetary concept…
Anyway, at least we now know what AR will not be.
But do you know what AR will be?
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