"What is Localism?"

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Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Localism is the valued point of connection, a place of meaningful interaction. It's where neighbors and local merchants share what's happening in their community. It's people collectively communicating the unique flavor and nuances of where they live, work, eat, and play.

Localism is 'Old-School' in a New World portal. It's reminiscent of an earlier day when people shopped where they lived, and everyone knew their butcher. Localism makes the world smaller and more personal. It reacquaints and re-establishes the lost bonds between neighbors. It revives and restores the relational elements of what neighborhoods used to be, and should be.

Localism provides the environment where residents and business owners can create a micro-social network uniquely attuned to their individual communities. Together, they use multi-media to paint a canvas of local color and texture. Their Localism 'Neighborpedia' becomes an extension of who and what they are.

Allow me to share two of the founding principles from our ActiveRain Weltanschauung:

We understand that the value of the ActiveRain community rests entirely with its members.

We believe that real estate professionals will thrive if they demonstrate their local market expertise.

My fellow ActiveRain members, the strength and success of our community will always lie with its members. Our role is to simply create the environment that empowers and enables you to 'thrive!' Now, get out there and meet some neighbors!

For more information, be sure to check out these additional articles:

Localism Q&A: Official Answers

ActiveRain Unveils the New Localism

What Constitutes 'Approved' Content on Localism?

Examples of Good Localism Articles

Strategies for Sponsorship on the New Localism

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

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Rainmaker
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Rich,  Congrats on the launch!  I'm glad to see the new photo viewer that captures the photo's comments.  We've been saving up more new photos to add to our collection!  Keep Crabbing! John & Kathryn

Jul 10, 2008 04:14 AM #72
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Gracious...

I know. That's why I hid out in here last night. You're lucky I didn't hijack it for points :)

Just so you know I woke up this morning with a heartfelt post in my head. I want the Members to think long and hard about The New Localism. There's more than one way of looking at all of this.

I wasn't going to say a single word about any of it...But alas...My heart (and the Apple) were calling my name with "Success At It's Best". Enjoy. Please know that BB and I have always been, and will always stand behind you Guys in everything you do. We just can't seem to help ourselves. That in and of itself says a whole lot about how we feel. Okay. I better stop now...I do try to avoid mushy in The Rain :)

P.S. Folks it is considered bad manners to link to something you wrote in someone elses post. The only reason I'm doing it here is because THIS is such an important topic. All sides need to be considered before we start forming our opinions and allowing ourselves to be swept away in unproductive emotional Reactions :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 10, 2008 04:55 AM #73
Rainmaker
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DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Manassas Park, VA
The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick

The pictures that are already there are very clear and pretty but I think because they are small and there is a lot of white space on page it makes the page look a little blah...........

Jul 10, 2008 05:28 AM #74
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Teresa Berry
Seattle, WA

Rich thanks for the post and answering all the many questions - it will be exciting to see the "New Localism" unfolding in the days and months ahead. Always something new at the Rain! Love it!

 

 

Jul 10, 2008 11:10 AM #75
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Gracious...

I'm gonna lay low in here some more. But I will have the courtesy not to hijack such a serious topic. Instead I am just gonna think through my finger tips :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 10, 2008 11:33 AM #76
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Please don't feel as if it's necessary to engage me. I know you're busy and I honestly don't mind talking out loud to no one in particular :)

Today...Has been one of those days where I just couldn't get AR off my mind. My little head keeps going into our AR past and thinking about just how far we've really come. As a Community we have slammed dunked the Web with our presence. We HAVE changed the nature of this industry and the nature in which we all see ourselves and our peers. It's been a long winding journey with many up and downs. But the up and the benefits far out weigh the Crap :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 10, 2008 12:10 PM #77
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

I was also thinking about...

Just how much I have changed personally as a result of what I do around here. Not to mention the revived interest I have in this business. As most everyone knows...I came out of retirement to participate on this site. I was so impressed with it when it was rolled out. It was, and still is, totally different than any other professional forum I have ever seen on the web. It's unique in that we all get to say what's on our minds without fear of being slammed. Well...Most of us...You Gracious have to take a lot of heat :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 10, 2008 12:16 PM #78
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I think it was yesterday I was trying to think of the word that best describes how I feel about all the nonsense I've read...The word is Melancholy. That describes it quite well. I also sometimes find myself longing to go back in time. Now that would be FUN :)

Okay..So I'm getting mushy and I better cut the Crap. This kind of thing freaks out my cult readers :) I'm supposed to be a rock :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 10, 2008 12:21 PM #79
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Peter Nikic
Broad & Bailey Realty LLC - Valhalla, NY

Rich, thanls.

Jonathan - Michelle, Google is also sort of "blah"  ;) I'm glad you agree with this. btw, so is craigs list and linkedin.

Jul 11, 2008 10:48 AM #80
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I would have to say that AR has really open up how important networking is and how you can reach the world. Localism is awesome to be able to shared what is going on in your local market and events. Thanks Rain for a great community site.

Jul 11, 2008 11:26 AM #81
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Will somebody please make the NEW LOCALISM group to round up all these related posts into one place?  You know, like you did for the OUTSIDE BLOGS.  Thanks.

Jul 11, 2008 01:46 PM #82
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Irene Woodworth
Color and Redesign Academy & Redesign Boise - Garden City, ID
Color-Redesign-Staging, Trainer & Motivational Speaker - Idaho

Rich,

Thank you for all of your hard work!  I am one of the newer members and I am finding it difficult to really understand how it all works.  I'm sure we will figure it out soon.  I still don't understand how the neighbors are selected and have questions like the others have already asked.  I've been trying to read and figure all of this out, but it is still very confusing to understand even reading some of the other posts.  I know how challenging it can be to launch a big project like this, so I do commend you for it all and I'm looking forward to understanding it more in the future.

Have a Colorful Day!

Jul 12, 2008 03:12 PM #83
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Thanks for the clarity of the mission.  It helps us to utilize the tools you have so generously provided.  AND a way better use of our funds than the newspaper ad. 

Jul 12, 2008 06:17 PM #84
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Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

So, it's sorted by county only?  Or do I choose?

Jul 15, 2008 05:55 AM #85
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Thank you for your info

Robert

Jul 17, 2008 10:37 AM #86
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San Diego, CA

So that's what localism is. I was wondering since I just linked two of my sites to Active Rain and the link talks about localism.

Jul 23, 2008 12:17 PM #87
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Being from Washington, I thought I knew all about rain, wrong again I guess...

Jul 26, 2008 06:20 PM #88
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Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer

Rich,

Can you publish a summary of the criteria for top neighbor. I would like to have some guidance as to what you are looking for. It does not seem to be the number of AR posts or the number of Localism posts or the number of AR points.

I really cannot tell what it is based on. I understand it is a complicate algorith, but so is credit scoring. Yet it can be explained what factors are used.

It would make sense to me to reward actual Localism posts, but that does not seem to be the case.

Richard

Jul 28, 2008 01:07 PM #89
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Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
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Richard Smith:  I am in the midst of writing another article that deals with scoring for Top Neighbors. I will be publishing it shortly.

Jul 28, 2008 01:35 PM #90
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Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Kudos - it looks great

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