You Can Smell the Bacon Sizzling on Active Rain

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Bacon in a PanWhile reading posts this week by my fellow local bloggers Ken Montville and Patricia Kennedy about discovering a connection to Lenn Harley in the middle of transaction, I began to wonder how many connections could be made on Active Rain.  With 90,000 plus members you have to suspect that there are more connections than we could imagine and possibly some lost relatives to be found.

As I was pondering my phone rang and it was my brother calling from Florida.  A few weeks ago I had the good fortunate to attend my nieces wedding in St Petersburg. After I came back a random comment on a post by Sharon Simms unearthed that her office was only a few blocks away from the hotel where the wedding took place.  Unfortunately due to my schedule I had missed a chance to have a cup of coffee with her. 

While my brother and I were talking about his latest commercial real estate deal I mentioned Sharon's name. I should mention that my brother only "dabbles" in real estate, his full time job is a successful dentist.   As soon as I said her name he said oh sure I know Sharon she has been a patient of mine for years.  So faster than you can say Kevin Bacon I had a connection to another Active Rainer.

So how many connections have you made on Active Rain?  I'm sure there have to be some great stories to share! 

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Cindy Jones
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Mary-Now that's what I'm talking about!

Jun 27, 2008 11:41 PM #8
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Adam-I can't imagine that there aren't loads of connections aka Bacon style that can be found on AR.  I'm going to try to make more by checking in with members in where I have relatives and friends and see how many more I can make.

Jun 27, 2008 11:43 PM #9
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Patricia Kennedy
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Cindy, it's amazing to me the sort of connections I can feel to people I've never met face to face!  And meeting them is really fun when it does happen!

Jun 28, 2008 05:55 AM #10
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Robert Machado
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The Kevin Bacon connection made me laugh.  How far away can Madonna be from this group?

Jun 28, 2008 05:59 AM #11
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Cindy Jones
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Patricia-who would have thought that all of this social networking "stuff" (technical term) could lead to not only business but fun and interesting people too.

Jun 28, 2008 09:55 AM #12
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Robert-Scary but I'm sure the connection can be made.

Jun 28, 2008 09:55 AM #13
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Pat Fenn
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It is amazing how few touches it takes to make a connection like you did.  You just never know who knows who.

 

Jun 28, 2008 01:04 PM #14
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Howard Wilson
Wilson Than Real Estate - Santa Monica, CA

This world is definitely smaller than we often think.  Another reason we should all be good to one another!

Jun 28, 2008 01:33 PM #15
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Roland Woodworth
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Cindy: Great story. I have had the opportunity to meet a couple active rainers who I didn't know before. Looking forward to meeting many more.

Jun 28, 2008 05:37 PM #16
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Kevin O'Shea
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THat is why Active Rain is so successful.  The really personal connections and the great professional connections, advice, information and help.

All the best!

Jun 28, 2008 06:04 PM #17
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Steve Scheer
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Cindy - That is pretty funny about Sharon.  I bet your brother was more surprised that you knew her.  I have met a few Denver bloggers, some I have know for quite some time.  I did have the opportunity to have drinks this spring with Jeff Turner after the Colorado Realtor Rally, he was as nice as I suspected he would be.   I know you have mentioned you have a relative here so I suppose someday I may bump into them...

Jun 29, 2008 05:37 AM #18
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I had person with whom I share a name send me an email. It was cool to interact with someone who has gone through life with the same label.

Jun 29, 2008 05:41 AM #19
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Cindy Jones
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Pat-very true.  I'm always amazed when a group of people get together how many connections you can make.

Jun 29, 2008 01:33 PM #20
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Cindy Jones
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Howard-Very well said.  Thank you for stopping by.

Jun 29, 2008 01:35 PM #21
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Cindy Jones
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Kevin-you are right there are so many great things about AR and the connections are just one of them.

Jun 29, 2008 01:35 PM #22
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Steve-it was a huge surprise to mention a commercial realtor in FL and my brother knew immediately who it was.  The next time I head to visit my son in Highlands Ranch I will be bringing your number.  I'm not going to make the same mistake twice.

Jun 29, 2008 01:37 PM #23
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Chuck-I have a couple of name sakes and I've met one of them locally.

Jun 29, 2008 01:38 PM #24
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It's great to see so many people here referring and sharing information.  The referrals are better, relationships are stronger.  How did we ever do without Active Rain?

Jun 29, 2008 01:48 PM #25
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Cindy

We so often get lost caring only for our clients.  Your piece proves that to serve them best we need to honor and respect our industry peers.

By the way, do you have an outside blog that I can add to my blog roll?

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the world of real estate.

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James-thanks for stopping by.  Since I lived in AZ for 6 years we might find that even our paths crossed at one point :-)

I would be honored to have you add my outside blog to your blog roll. 

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