Hollywood Squares Gone ActiveRain Wild | Zooming With Ben Kinney

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty Washington LLC

If you ever have any questions about what is coming up with ActiveRain you should attend the zoom meetings on Tuesdays with 40 if your best friends. Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist takes wondrful notes of what she hears from Ben Kinney...

Please attend the next meeting!

Original content by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist CA DRE#01366594


February 2, 2021, ActiveRain Zoom Meeting with Ben Kinney! 



We had another interactive Zoom Meeting today. Debe Maxwell, CRS hosted the meeting ... and we had 42 people on the call. 



Josiah Ubben, AR Developer, joined us on the call today and showed us what some of the improvements/changes will look like.  


Ben prepared a short slide show to discuss his VISION for ActiveRain 2.0. 


Ben made it clear he wanted our consent on the ideas. 


The first part of the meeting was an open discussion;

  • Craig Daniels reported a bug 
  • On behalf of Brian England, Debe Maxwell asked about the scheduler which appears to be working for some people and not others. 
    • Ben noted it is more useful for him if he had the account and the blog post where it happened. The more information we can provide the faster they will be able to resolve the issues. For example, provide the user name, the blog post, and when it was scheduled. 
  • Lynn Friedman asked for an email to report bugs. Before the call ended Josiah had created a new email to be used to report bugs. 
  • The email is:  Feedback@ActiveRain.com



Ben Kinney | Vision for ActiveRain 2.0 


Features & Benefits 


    • ActiveRain to be the LinkedIn of Real Estate 
      • Add Agent Search.
      • Redo Profiles. 
      • Pull MLS sold properties and active listings to showcase a member's activity.
    • Create a directory for all services real estate related. A single directory for "everything home" does not exist today.  He wants to create a directory to include other people who are important to a transaction. For example, title, mortgage, inspection, staging, etc. 


ActiveRain News - Ben's plan is to hire a writer to produce the news. it will be like Inman News but written for real estate and mortgage professionals. 

    • Eventually, invite AR members to contribute


ActiveRain Reviews - This will be the Consumer Reports of Real Estate Products and Services. 

  • The current Reviews section will be built. It will be a place where we can honestly review products and services. For example, Top Producer, Brevity, etc. 


ActiveRain University - Content will be organized by topic. 


ActiveRain Content - Think "Curbed" for every City in the Nation! 


ActiveRain Localism - This will be a place where all local content goes. The company owns localism.com 


ActiveRain Membership - This will be like an AAA Membership of Real Estate Professionals. 



Wrapping Up with Ben Kinney and Josiah Ubben 


Josiah showed us some of the newly redesigned pages. 


There will be NEWS on the home page ... this is the news written by ActiveRain.  The home page is the style guide for all of ActiveRain. 


The site is being "modernized". The font size is increased making it easier to read. 


The Recent Posts and Most Popular Posts will be redesigned to expose more content from those authors. 


Signature Blocks will be kept the same.  They know what most of us spent a lot of time getting them to look the way we want them. 


The Comment Section will be redesigned as well making it look and feel like the redesign of the home page. 



  • All Featured posts must have a feature photo uploaded. 
  • Photos will need to be quality photos. 
  • Content will need to be quality content. 
  • Titles will play a role in featuring posts as well. 


Ben Shared the DownSide to What's Coming in 2.0


  • The font size will be locked. 
  • We will lose the customized options we are used to using. For example, no more color fonts
  • We will be able to use bold, italicized, and "quotes". 


No one attending the Zoom meeting had issues with the direction of standardizing the content. We were all on board and all agreed to support Ben on this.



Redesigning of the Pages 

Pages will be redesigned one at a time. 


Next Month - Ben will have a preview of what the new ActiveRain profile will look like. 



Q. Are there any plans to limit the number of posts per day to eliminate Robo posters?

A. Ben will think about the best way to deal with that.  If anyone Robo posting finds a way to benefit their business by doing that, he does not want to interfere with it.  He needs time to think about it. 


"We Will Continue to Win."  Ben Kinney



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Kathleen Daniels, Managing Broker-Owner of KD Realty, serving San Jose and Silicon Valley. Kathleen specializes in listing Probate & Trust homes for sale. 

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Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker 

Tacoma Washington 

Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE

Fathom Realty WA LLC


South Puget Sound in Washington State





Paul's Service Area



As a Residential Broker and Relocation Specialist, I sell homes in or around ,Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Steilacoom,  University Place, DuPont and Hartstene Pointe in Washington State.
Please visit my website at http://www.hartstenepointe.com to search for information 

(all information is believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed or warranted in any way)

Referrals are always welcomed and appreciated, Thank-you!

(As a member of the NWMLS, this blog post is intended to comply with NWMLS rules as pertaining to blogging.)




Comments (10)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

A great one to re-blog, Paul! It was a great meeting and I left feeling very good about the direction this platform is taking.

Feb 03, 2021 08:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Perfect post to reblog.  I appreciate Ben's plans, and I am excited about the energy, dedication, and generous use of their time! 

Feb 03, 2021 09:54 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Paul and great re-blog on the zoom meeting on Tuesday.  Ben has some great plans for the rain.


Feb 04, 2021 08:08 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thank you for the reblog Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Indeed ... attend the meetings!  Ben is looking to us to support his vision and to speak out about anything we do not think is a good idea. 

Feb 04, 2021 09:42 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

The future now has three or four different scenarios going on at once and if you put it into in the context of zoom and all that is really interesting

Feb 12, 2021 11:19 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

thanks for resharing - It sounds like I missed a great zoom meeting -

Feb 13, 2021 04:55 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the reblog, Paul. It made me go to the original written by Kathleen.

Feb 17, 2021 07:05 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Sounds like positive changes ahead! Thanks for the update!

Feb 21, 2021 07:29 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

This is something I have been meaning to do, but that time slot is filled with company meetings a lot of the time... no excuse!

Feb 25, 2021 07:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I hope this continues after the pandemic because it looks like a lot of fun for a lot of folks here.

Mar 06, 2021 10:47 PM