ActiveRain Looking For Beta-Testers To Give Feedback on New Design and Features

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Help build the new ActiveRain: Become a beta tester

We’re improving ActiveRain and we need your help!

We’re recruiting a small group of ActiveRain users for early access to new features. As a tester, you’ll spend time beta testing features  that are still in development by our team. We’ll use insight we gain from you to improve the features before taking them live.

The two features we’d like to test first are 

  • The new ActiveRainUniversity 
  • A cleaner, simpler navigation and user interface that places content on the home page by category.

Some of what you’ll see won’t represent huge wholesale changes, some changes are subtle and will be built on and improved as we get feedback. This approach will help us make user-focused and data-driven decisions about what ActiveRain should be based on how you interact with the changes we present.

If you’re interested in being part of this select group, you can apply here

Unfortunately, we will not be able to choose everyone that applies as we are looking to include a diverse group for feedback. This will include some people that are brand new, some people that are always around and have been for a long time, as well as hopefully some people that used to be around lots, but aren't as much anymore. In any case, if you sign up, we will let you know if you are selected in the next week. 

Thank you for everyone that gives some consideration to helping us out. We really appreciate it!


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Kona Home Team (LUVA LLC) Lance Owens (RB-24133)
Kona Home Team (luva llc) - Kailua-Kona, HI
2024 Real Estate Expert - Hawaii Island

AR member since 2007 and I am very active in FB. I have 5 Facebook business pages, several commutity  pages and several more "secret groups" to upload private videos for clients to reveiw. 

Of the 5 pages, 2 are main - one for me, one for my wife (agent also) the other 3 are for testing, Several times over the years when I share a AR post it does not appear properly on facebook, I was losing followers when I would delete the post and re-post it, almost looked like spam, so I test them all first on the other pages first, then either re-post or share (you  actually  get different results sometimes) That is why the extra 3. They are also there for other reasons, but we can go into that later. 

Hope to be able to test your new product. 

Jan 12, 2016 11:40 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great that you are testing the new ideas instead of just throwing them out there to be used.

Good move.

Jan 12, 2016 12:17 PM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

A new rollout.   Okay....but hopefully those testers won't approve new things just for the sake of new, while trashing tried & true features.

(okay, now I sound much more set in my ways than I am, but some other software releases have made me wonder...what's the point...Microsoft for instance..)

Jan 12, 2016 01:12 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Claude Labbe  well said i.e.: no cool aid drinkers should apply:))Endre

Jan 14, 2016 07:35 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Bob Stewart and ActiveRain Real Estate Network - you know I am always there....

I have signed up - and hope to contribute to the success of ActiveRain.

Jan 12, 2016 02:55 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is always great when users are asked to test feature of a system and provide feedback.  Coming from a background of system testing for a major bank, often how we think something works turns out to have a glitch.  Early users and help flush out issues or offer great suggestions. Thank-you for involving users!

Jan 12, 2016 09:11 PM
The Ivanov Group 201-895-1768
Keller Willliams Village Square - Ridgewood, NJ
Your Luxury Investment Specialist

Been a loyal AR member for some time. I've recently gotten away from the site, not using it as much, definitly needs a cleaner less cluncky look and feel. Love that Ben Kinney is involved so YES I Would love to take part.

Jan 12, 2016 11:30 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I could be a beta tester--or not. I really hope you keep the Outside Blogs -- important for niches like Bliz have and I have.

Jan 13, 2016 12:20 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I would be interested in being a beta-tester but it seems you have a large number of people who have already reached out.  If you feel I could be of assistance count me in!

Jan 13, 2016 02:21 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Pick me as a crash test dummy!

Jan 13, 2016 03:23 AM
Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I have signed up. So I will just wait and see if I get picked.

Jan 13, 2016 08:32 AM
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Sounds interesting, I had been participating regularly and then got out of the "habit", I have returned recently and truly realize what I have been missing, needing the positive and creative thought process from the ActiveRain Community.

Jan 13, 2016 10:40 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Look forward to the new features. Happy to help if you think I fit the tester mold, but I don't seem to fit any of the categories on the form.

Jan 13, 2016 11:45 AM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

I don't know if I fit in your demographic for a tester.  But if you need me, I am your huckleberry.  Evenings are best for me right now for extra stuff.

Jan 13, 2016 01:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Seems to me the Ambassadors should be the one that should be tapped first...just sayin, Endre

Jan 14, 2016 07:36 AM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

I think Endre Barath Jr is right on.   Testers should have no stake other than AR  success.   And should have a long history with the site.  I would add however not just Ambassadors but those who have been regular with the site for Several years.   IMHO. 

Jan 14, 2016 08:28 AM
Carol McGhee

Needs to be more user friendly and that would attract more Professionals.

Jan 14, 2016 09:18 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi...I'm ready, willing and possibly able. I can attest to the first two but the third is more iffy. If that is what you're looking for, I'm it.


Jan 14, 2016 11:57 AM

Certainly please consider my interest in participating. Off and on user. Enjoy the diverse subjects discussed

Jan 14, 2016 06:39 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Bob Stewart -- You and I have visited many times and you know that I always try to give constructive feedback.  I promise to give you feedback on things all the time in the future and would certainly give it if I am involved in the Beta testing.

I do not exactly fit the categories you have mentioned but do feel I have a lot to offer.

Jan 15, 2016 12:33 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

As an old timer here I am available and have volunteered!

Jan 18, 2016 02:13 AM