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ActiveRain is Still a Learning Platform

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ActiveRain is Still a Learning Platform

There are many members of ActiveRain that have memories of the early days and the manner of teaching and information that was very common. While the transitions of ownership have taken much of the support staff and the heavy exchange of information.

There were sessions on learning how to get best SEO exposure for our blogs and also other venues.

Software that was available and much of it free and its value to us.

I can remember blogs in 2008-09 that offered assistance on the rise of short sales and how to get involved with the trend so as to reap value.

Early in 2008 with the introduction of the iPhone several members offered their input and advise, all of which was met with great enthusiasm.

Now the trend is getting noticed by the spider bots and increase exposure.

AI is the latest and it is going to change the way business is presented.

June is AI information month on the Zoom calls for Tuesday. The presenter is AR member Paddy Deighan, and after the first presentation it is obvious he is well familiar with the technology and how to make it work.

He spoke of a Florida agent that recently had a website created using AI and how his activity was immediately spiked as was his monthly revenues.

It would make sense as the Internet spiders look for that of which it is most familiar and if they seek AI technology, it makes sense to try to include some AI work in our postings.

AI graphics do not compromise our posts but could serve as a magnet for attracting bots.

Everyone that was on the call this past week learned something and for those that are more familiar with using AI, it was highly beneficial.

Down the road, some may sign up for a presentation on using AI and spend dearly for that session. The Zoom call on Tuesday is free and the knowledge is as good as or better than what one might pay to hear.

Follow the link to the posting for the Zoom call and find the time. I doubt you would regret the time


ActiveRain is Still a Learning Platform

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Ed, I haven't been able to attend the Zoom calls on Tuesday for a while, but I agree that they are a great platform for exchanging information. I look forward to trying to attend again soon, especially an AI focused one. I have seen home descriptions change dramatically and they sound so fake that you know that they were written by AI.

Jun 08, 2024 07:14 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
I love all the learning opportunities on this platform. Too bad more members don't take advantage of them.

Jun 08, 2024 08:25 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Carol Williams   I saw that the total this week was up to 27 attendees so he did have an audience.

Jun 09, 2024 09:57 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I am rarely near a computer at noon on Tuesdays, but some of the topics sure wish I could join.  AI still isn't something I embrace very well.

Jun 08, 2024 09:27 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Ed, for promoting the weekly Zoom sessions. All of us have much to learn.

Jun 08, 2024 11:37 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Thanks for stopping Roy Kelley

Jun 09, 2024 09:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- well said. We have fun on this platform but we also learn. AI is here and whether or not we agree with it, it's in our best interest to learn what we can about it.  

Jun 08, 2024 12:54 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kathy Streib   Somehow as I hear more about the impact of AI, I believe that we need to at least have a good understanding and Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD  offers better than that.

Jun 09, 2024 10:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... for me, sadly, the time frame for these Zoom meetings is not the most conducive. And this week it was even less so as I was recovering from a hip replacement the day before.

Jun 08, 2024 01:57 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Nina Hollander, Broker   Good Luck with that. My wife has had both done and the therapy after is key to full recovery.

Jun 09, 2024 10:00 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed it is all about setting priorities, there is no right or wrong, and priorities are different for everyone.  For me the weekly opportunities AR offers are a priority, so I set my schedule around them, and have learned much as a result.

Jun 08, 2024 03:26 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

George Souto   I attended a call in June an hour after being released from the hospital

Jun 09, 2024 10:01 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 08, 2024 05:51 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Kathy Streib   Thank you for thinking it warranted that attention.

Jun 09, 2024 10:02 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Ed, you bring up some great memories and walk us through the arc of Activerain through most of the years I was here to witness too. The #1 reason I visit is community. #2 is definitely what I learn. I wish the Zooms were earlier in the day, I was an original attendee during the Pandemic, but as business got busy, I could no longer earmark the 11:00AM Zoom PST as that was in the heart of my most productive part of the day and I typically don't wish to downshift - but on rare occasions I do with a compelling enough topic.

Jun 09, 2024 09:03 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets   As I was listening to the call, I was taken back to those early learning experiences and the memory of learning something new before someone else was a good feeling.

Jun 09, 2024 10:03 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Ed you are spot on about AR being a leaning platform to this day!  I'd venture to say I learned exactly how to get ranked high and get my posts found from the very early days on AR.  I kept seeing local folks showing up and wondering why I wasn't. It quickly came to a point where others in town were wondering how I  had managed to get ranked up high on so many key words and topics - and I started teaching the locals at that point.  It's been an amazing AR journey and continues to be so!

Jun 09, 2024 10:38 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Anna "Banana" Kruchten   The proof was in the results and for many of us early on, those learning challenges were a blueprint that ultimately made the phone ring.

Even now, so many of the Challenges are an attempt to recreate those early challenges and surprisingly too few enter.  Getting business is a race and I would venture to say those that were members of ActiveRain were seldom left behind.

Jun 09, 2024 10:48 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, very well said, and those that attend do learn 

Jun 09, 2024 02:28 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Hannah Williams  And that is a good thing for those that attend.

Jun 09, 2024 03:26 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I hate I missed it. Last week was a crazy busy week with both work and dental appointments. Hopefully this week I will see you at the Zoom!

Jun 09, 2024 05:39 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you for the insight on this topic! That is interesting about the AI website.

Jun 10, 2024 07:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Well said! Learning abound on ActiveRain and always has, and the weekly Zoom sessions are yet another great place for learning and interacting.


Jun 10, 2024 09:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love, love, love this post, Ed! I learn at least one golden nugget with each and everyone of our zoom calls. I’m so thankful for all of our presenters and those in the background who put this all together, faithfully, each and every week, including yourself. Thank you for being a part of our Zoom family and for being AR‘s best reporter ever!!

Jun 11, 2024 05:21 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Debe Maxwell, CRS Bing the best reporter ever is like being, in my case, the best golfer under my roof.  There are only 2 of us and my wife doesn't play

Jun 15, 2024 05:46 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

I'm catching up on posts as I've been out of town but I did make the Zoom meeting and was so good! Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD really knows about AI and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to be sponges and learn from his experience. Great post and congratulations on it being featured!

Jun 11, 2024 05:35 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Dorie Dillard Austin TX   Catch up is something we all do, as with this response to a comment. Ther are also 2 more scheduled Zoom calls for June with Paddy presenting.

Jun 15, 2024 05:55 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I was there for Paddy Deighan's presentation last week. He really knows his stuff. I regret that I will not be able to make it today.

Jun 11, 2024 10:07 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

John Juarez   you didn't miss a thing, but the next 2 weeks are supposed to be his again.


Jun 15, 2024 05:57 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - WOW! This was an excellent blog post written from Memory Lane to Current Technology. I love in-person meetings and Zoom has improved since Covid Days. People fumble when something is newly introduced and need education. I remember wanting to get on ACTIVERAIN and how thrilled I was when I finally became a member. It was just like receiving Vitamins I was lacking in my business world. I was running like an athlete and needed the juice to become successful. It has been 21 years now in Real Estate and since 2010 on ActiveRain. At that time, I was appreciative of those who shared photography skills because I was primarily a Lisitng Agent and the Professional Photographers weren't really big in my area at the time I got started. I learned a lot on AR.

Congratulations on a well-written blog post. Everyone should read it. 

Jun 14, 2024 08:08 PM
Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT - Yorktown Heights, NY
Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa

all the learning opportunities are Fabulous! 

Most people don't know or understand what goes on hear at the Rain!

Tom S

Jun 18, 2024 07:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

I love this so much that my latest post is linked here.

Jun 22, 2024 05:50 AM