"And the Password is"..... Blog Tips for Rain Drips

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Old school TV.

Growing up, I used to love coming home after school, grab a PBJ and milk, and watch all my favorite afternoon shows on our black & white RCA. One such show was 'Password.' One member of each team was given a word, and they had to try to give clues, using other words, to get the other member to correctly guess the word within a specified time frame.

Here on ActiveRain, the learning curve can seem incredibly HUGE and intimidating at times. People join our community with such a diverse level of knowledge and skill levels. We've tried to leave as many helpful 'clues' as possible to make your experience here less daunting, and more enjoyable.

Earlier this morning, I received the following e-mail:

You've received a contact message from your Contact Form on the ActiveRain network.

Message details:
From: Joan Wickman
Email: jwickman@gmail.com
Subject: Changing Password and E-mail Address (Sent via Activerain)

Writing in frustration... trying to change and
it is difficult finding the subject in the q&a.

Many of us are the 'Early Adaptors' and have readily embraced/immersed ourselves in social media and emerging technologies. But there is an overwhelming majority of potential members out there who aren't as brave or bold (at least when it comes to things related to technology). What seems easy and trivial to us can appear insurmountable and frustrating to others. As such, we need to leave more clues, and make the learning process easier, especially for new members.

Joan, in answer to your question, I offer the following easy steps:

When you log onto ActiveRain, using your user name and password, the system automatically takes you to your 'My Home' page. Over on the left hand side of the page, just below your name, there is a column of links. Go down to the one entitled 'My Profile (Edit).' Take your mouse cursor, and click on the word (Edit). This takes you to the page where you can edit your Profile information.

You will notice just above the first yellow field for your First Name, is the link for 'Change Password.' If you click on this, you can change your password. Make sure to click on the button 'Change Password' when you are done.

The Profile Editing Page allows you to input and update all your business/contact information, identify your primary markets, and create custom sections to showcase you and your business.

Make sure that you click on the 'Save Profile' button before closing out.

One of the primary goals of ActiveRain is to create a community that fully engages the talents and knowledge of our members for the benefit of our industry as a whole. The Staff at ActiveRain is committed to providing an environment that encourages personal/professional growth, and tools that offer significant benefit to your business.

If you're a new member of our community, make sure you spend some time going through our official ActiveRain Starter Kit skillfully put together by our cherished Community Builder, Brad Andersohn.

In addition, we've assembled a great collection of helpful tutorials on a wide range of topics that you can access by simply going to the bottom of any page, and click on the link, 'Help/FAQ'

For more 'Blog Tips for Rain Drips,' go HERE, or join the Blog Tips for Rain Drips GROUP

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com


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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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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Rich-I'm new to AR, only being here since 1/01/09 and I had accidentally deleted that starter kit so I want to thank you for this post because now I have that. AR is definitely an amazing community and I told Brad that I would be treating it just like school and learn different things at scheduled times. I just think all the AR community builders are awesome folks who are dedicated to making this the best place to learn and grow and also make life long relationships. Have a blessed and happy week. Sincerely Sharon Lee

Jan 19, 2009 07:47 AM #1
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Rich - Just stopping in to say hello, wish you a great 2009 and happy to see you back posting lots of good information for Rainers - new and old!!!  You're a sweetie :-) 

Jan 19, 2009 08:01 AM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Rich, thank you for continuing to help us. So often I will read a blog on how to do something and 80% is clear. But often the other 20% requires another search to understand what they're talking about. It's like learning a new language!

Jan 19, 2009 09:06 AM #3
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


May you have a superb 2009. Bette White and Kittie Carlisle and Alan Ladd. That was a show. I might be off on the Kittie thing with "What's my line" but I do thank you for the memories. PBJ; I thought I was the only one that ate those like crazy

Tom Braatz

Jan 19, 2009 09:37 AM #4
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Just wanted to say hello and to thank you again for your time and help the other day. And thank you for ALL you do!

Jan 19, 2009 10:04 AM #5
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

You are fountain of information for all of us and yes, sometimes those of us who have been here for awhile forget what it's like to be a "newbie". 

Jan 19, 2009 11:08 AM #6
Richard R. Bell
Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor

Rich, thanks once again for positive reinforcement of the AR world, I will share this with our newer members in our office. Everyday there is something new to learn.

Jan 19, 2009 12:33 PM #7
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Seems like there are tons of resources to choose from here for new members.

Jan 19, 2009 12:57 PM #8
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Rich, I have learned a ton of things by going to Brad's turorials.  I can't always figure it out but it leads me in the right direction. If I still don't get it, I call one of you!

Jan 19, 2009 01:24 PM #9
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Gee Rich... I know that I get intimidated by technology.  Seriously.  Especially the stuff that can kill me.  Luckily, my laptop can only drive me crazy. 

Jan 19, 2009 01:29 PM #10
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

We do need to help the newbies as much as possible. I wrote a post for them last week... *pats self on back* LOL.

I have to say, with anything to do with technology, it actually brings out my competitive side. It's like it's me against the computer or program. I WILL win! LOL. How pathetic is that? A determination sets in, that I WILL beat this machine!

OK. Leaving now that I've shown my true geekiness.

Jan 19, 2009 01:41 PM #11
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

As much as 'social media' drives me nuts sometimes, this is a MUST as the Y generation is now starting to by homes, they LIVE on technolgically savy businesses / people. 

My comment on this blog is, If you don't take the time to learn new techie stuff and at least pick a few social media sites to frequent, your competition will and you'll be an old school Realtor before you know it.

Katrina Madewell

Jan 19, 2009 03:32 PM #12
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Rich... Good post and very useful!  I especially liked the Password analogy and that the pic you chose features Betty White, who, of course, is Allen Ludden's widow.

Jan 19, 2009 03:37 PM #13
Randall Sandin
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

great info and thanks for the useful tip

Jan 19, 2009 09:50 PM #14
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

This is good inf.  The more I get into the rain, the more I realize what I don't know.  I really wish that I could get more hi tech, but it all seems so beyond me.  I'm doing my best and loving life, but I feel like the little engine that could.  Not a lot of bells and whistles...jsut a lot of determination.

Jan 20, 2009 01:28 AM #15
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Rich, I'm sure that Joan is not the only one with this question, and answering it in your post makes it easy for everyone to learn from.

Jan 20, 2009 02:54 AM #16
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

... I know that A|R will continue to stay current and on the cutting edge and I look forward to continuing to grow along with you !

Nicely put Rich :o)


Jan 23, 2009 01:07 AM #17
Eva Liland
Platinum Real Estate Group - Canyon Country, CA
Realtor Canyon Country CA, Used Mobile Homes - Manufactured Homes

Active Rain is a great place to be, however, being compulsive in nature (lol) I spent way too much time reading and commenting so I stopped. Well, I,m back and today I'm buying an egg-timer set at 30 minutes, then I just got to go! Will revisit the Starter Kit to refresh myself. There is soo much good stuff here, it's incredible.

Feb 18, 2009 01:05 AM #18
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Eva:  You started my day off with a laugh! Egg timer...what a hoot!

Feb 18, 2009 01:39 AM #19
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