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Make It Real: Post Authentic Comments in A World Of Canned Responses

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 

Make It Real |The Art of Genuine Interaction


Embracing Authentic Comments in a World of Canned Responses


Well here we are, in an age that is pretty much dominated by social media and digital communication.


The value of authentic human interaction cannot be overstated


In the midst of a flood of automated replies and generic comments, I wonder about the art of real communication.  


Real and authentic comments not only foster meaningful connections, but they also enrich our online experiences, and remind us of the power of the genuine human connection that is currently lacking in our predominately digital world.  


Here in ActiveRain, there are some people who comment for points, not necessarily connection.  Way too often we see the same comment made on the twenty blogs per day, regardless of what the blog post was actually about.  Unfortunately, I think they’re missing the point. (pun) I see it on X, Facebook, and Instagram as well. 


The value of actual and authentic human interaction cannot be overstated, especially when we read a genuine, heartfelt response, that comes from a place of sincerity and personal investment.  


Maybe you just read a thought provoking article, blog, or someone was pouring out their heart in a personal post.  It is so refreshing when you see others offering words of support, and an authentic comment. 


When someone takes the time to write a genuine response, that also invites others to do the same.  

Then the magic happens when people are actually reading each others comments.  Those comments have the ability to facilitate the exchange of ideas, whereas canned responses feel impersonal and superficial, and that totally discourages any further interaction.



I read a comment earlier today by our Michael Jacobs.  If you are fortunate enough to receive a comment


written by Michael, you will find that he puts so much thought into all of his comments.  


We were discussing the value of reading through others comments and Michael commented,


"Other member's posts, comments, questions/answers and many sorts of interactions from ActiveRain


are food for thought.  For me, an added serving of deliciousness is pondering fodder."  




A heartfelt compliment or words of encouragement can brighten someone's day and leave a lasting impact, which demonstrates the influence of genuine human interaction over a generic canned response.  They serve as a reminder of the kindness and empathy that exists.  


Michael Jacobs was actually on a roll today, because he inspired me to write another blog as well.  That's the beauty of reading blogs here in ActiveRain and reading through all of the comments back and forth.  New members can benefit from that as well.  Once they realize that there is a real community here where "real" conversations do take place.


By prioritizing authenticity in our interactions, we not only enrich our own online experiences but also contribute to a more vibrant and compassionate on-line community.  Think about that next time you are commenting on any given topic, blog, or social media post.


People really appreciate a genuine human response and it also encourages others to do the same and that can spark a meaningful dialogue as well as an exchange of new ideas and suggestions.  
We can learn from each other in so many ways. 




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Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

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Comments (10)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joyce - thank you for the mention and the kind words.  Yes, there are members who bomb the blog roll with posts plus others who collect points while maximizing their speed with cut/paste commenting.  While AR is a relatively small community, it has a place for many kinds of strategies.    

Feb 22, 2024 02:39 PM
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Mar 28, 2024 08:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Well said, Joyce. The icing on the cake of ActiveRain is the community.  Through our comments and responses, we learn more about the authors and in many cases about the topic.  You don't have to write a whole post or novel but at least show that you took the time to read the post. 

As for Michael Jacobs he is the king of thoughtful and creative comments. 

Feb 22, 2024 04:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

.." Families on the move will appreciate your local real estate reports, have an outstanding weekend"🙂 just kidding:)))))

I so agree with you about genuine interactions, could not help but I have received this comment when I used to be following one of our illustrious members.... needless to say after years I decided not to follow or interact with this member... I have also unfriended many phony baloneys and they know who they are. Endre

Feb 22, 2024 10:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joyce,

What a great topic for your post! It is so annoying when you know that a person  is serially commenting on everyone's post, and has no idea what you have written. It's all about the points. Personally I file that away and they won't be ones I'd send a referral too!

Feb 23, 2024 06:53 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Michael Jacobs You are very welcome!  I really enjoy reading your comments and as I said, many of the comments have inspired topics for blogs.

Feb 23, 2024 05:19 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Kathy Streib You are correct.  The icing on the cake here in ActiveRain is the community.  We can learn so much from each other.

Feb 23, 2024 05:19 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Endre Barath, Jr. I always enjoy all of your posts, and comments, as they are from the heart and genuine.  

Feb 23, 2024 05:20 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Dorie Dillard Austin TX The worst is when you obviously know that they haven't read any of the blog, and just comment at random with a canned response.  Anyway, I always enjoy all of your blog posts, and comments as I know they are authentic and genuine. 

Feb 23, 2024 05:22 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joyce Marsh - yes. Comments that are sincere to the author are very important, at least that's my mantra. Sri Shatya Baba said it best, "A pure thought from a pure heart."  

This is another prime example of something FEATURE worthy that hasn't been selected. Joyce, you are a great contributor to ActiveRain. 

Feb 24, 2024 05:30 PM
Regina Walls

Genuine human response is greatly appreciated by people, and it also inspires others to respond in kind, which can start an insightful conversation and inspire the sharing of fresh concepts and ideas.
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Mar 11, 2024 09:25 PM