A Day Without Rain

By
Services for Real Estate Pros

When it rains, it pours. But in this case, that's hardly an apt analogy; perhaps when it ceases to rain, the resulting drought is both immediate and devastating.

The cluster of servers responsible for the magic that is ActiveRain took a collective nosedive early (early!) this morning, leaving activerain.com and localism.com inaccessible for nearly 18 hours. The fact that it happened on a Sunday without any data loss is a very thin silver lining on this black cloud. The disagreeable servers have since been set straight, and all is right with the world again.

A curious thought came upon me during my stay in the eye of the hurricane: What if ActiveRain had never existed? The incredible team that Jon has assembled would be scattered. I'd still be living in Kansas. Some would be grinding away their days at Microsoft. Others would be selling homes. And what of our vast and vibrant community? Fragmented among smaller sites with no place to come together and share their experience and humor. In the parallel universe where ActiveRain was never born, everyone is the poorer.

Enjoy your stay in the rain — we'll try not to turn off the faucet again.

Comments (139)

Anonymous
Mike Nielsen

... what's wrong with living in KS??   :)

Nov 03, 2008 12:44 PM
#120
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

I had an Open House....and twittered a little in the am...and did a draft for when AR came back up. I did miss it terribly in the am with my am coffee :)

 

All's good and I love this place .......

Nov 03, 2008 12:45 PM
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

I didn't even know AR servers were down.  We were busy with life ... developing client relationship in our RE business ... and then campaigning and meeting people about our California ballot initiative that is so important.  Harrison

Nov 03, 2008 12:48 PM
Larry Littlejohn
Gold Circle Realty - Clearlake Oaks, CA
Larry Littlejohn RE Broker

I could probably live without blogging a day, but I am notorious service oriented person.  Class service is having your prospect follow a link that does not work, NO!  Jorgen is right to be stressing.  This market is slow.

Nov 03, 2008 12:55 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Jorgen, I have been in San Diego visiting a friend, I for once went without a computer.  We did access her laptop once on Sunday (I wanted to show some pink firefighters in NYC) and I thought it was something wrong with her computer as she had not used it in 6 months.  However I went to my own website and it was up.  Now that I'm home I guess I know the secret of what happened. 

By the way I left Kansas in 1979. 

Nov 03, 2008 12:58 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Exactly, Larry - I was frustrated mostly because I wondered which of my search terms were being returned as AR results that my potential customers could not click on and thus they went to my competition.  Many, many of my search terms dominate page 1 of Google with ActiveRain results.

 

Nov 03, 2008 12:59 PM
Anonymous
Anonymous

Isn't it amazing the effect that it had on everyone.  I was bummed, figured that sooner or later it would be fixed, and just moved on to other tasks.  No worries!

Nov 03, 2008 04:23 PM
#126
DeAnna Troupe
Learn Small Business - Stone Mountain, GA

I did miss ActiveRain when it was down.  I wanted to tell my ActiveRain friends about the exciting LinkedIn developments. I thought I was doing something wrong.  I compensated by spending more time on twitter. I'm glad you guys got it back up and running

Nov 03, 2008 06:31 PM
Anonymous
KGG/Remax Intentions. Franklin, NH

There is and will always be hits and misses with the Internet.  As with anything the bigger the group the more probability there will be downtime.  I used the time to clean out the barn with my son.  It was a wonderful afternoon, the time with your children is priceless. 

Thanks for getting the site back up, great team.  Remember to Vote.

Nov 04, 2008 05:40 AM
#128
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Maybe my earlier question got missed:

Jorgen, I replied to your comment on my blog and asked you a question.  You said that our data is all safe...yet in your blog you said that one of the silver linings was no loss of data.  What did you mean by that?

Did you mean that there was no loss of data that would have to be restored from a back up?  Or what "loss of data" were you alluding to?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

 

11/03/2008 04:45

 

Thanks!

Nov 04, 2008 06:05 AM
DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Found It, LLC - Manassas, VA
DMVRealEstateChick

If Active Rain did not exist.  I would have a few more hours in the day to devote to something else.  I would not know about blogging and importance at all if the Rain was not around.

Nov 04, 2008 07:29 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Still hoping for an answer to my question.

Sigh.

Nov 04, 2008 10:22 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Jorgen, could you please explain what you meant by "The fact that it happened on a Sunday without any data loss is a very thin silver lining on this black cloud." in this blog? 

You commented on my blog stating that members didn't need to worry as we would not have our blogs at risk since everything is backed up.

But from your comment in your blog it seems that data loss could have been a real possibility.   All I'm asking for is clarification.

 

Nov 05, 2008 12:37 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

whistling....dooo, dooo, dooooo....laaa....

Why are you not answering?

Nov 08, 2008 02:25 PM
Nancy Morgan
Century 21, Carole Realty - San Diego, CA

Hi,

I'm really glad you are back.  I didn't  panic because I figured there was glitch somewhere.  Welcome back!

Nancy Morgan

Nov 10, 2008 07:14 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

No, I didn't forget.  Just decided to ask again. 

Jorgen, could you please explain what you meant by "The fact that it happened on a Sunday without any data loss is a very thin silver lining on this black cloud." in this blog? 

You commented on my blog stating that members didn't need to worry as we would not have our blogs at risk since everything is backed up.

But from your comment in your blog it seems that data loss could have been a real possibility.   All I'm asking for is clarification.

 

Nov 17, 2008 01:03 AM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Jorgen, any news on today's upgrade? According to Brad there was some sort of upgrade today. It has severely changed the look of everyone's blogs as html code was disabled somehow. We have listed all the items that are working and not working in our latest blog post from this morning. I hope you have a chance to run over and check it out and give us an update on this problem.

Reading Karen's previous comment above, scares me especially since this is yet another sunday that we're having downtime, and this time there was data loss, albeit in a conceptual form. If at all possible, could the members of this fine community be made aware of such updates so we have a chance to save our blogs prior to said execution? Thanks. Good luck on your efforts, you (obi-wan-kenobi) are our only hope.

Thank you for a swift reply.

Sincerely,

Active Castellum

Nov 23, 2008 04:04 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Why am I not surprised that there is no answer here? 

Nov 23, 2008 02:47 PM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

Jorgen, are you still here?  Is that why there are no answers to these recent questions?

Dec 06, 2008 03:08 AM
Karen Rice
Keller Williams Real Estate - Hawley, PA
Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales

LOL.  Here it is...18 months later...and Jorgen STILL did not answer my questions.  I'd laugh if it were actually funny.

Jul 21, 2010 10:45 AM