On That Whole "Friends With Benefits" Thing...

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It isn't always about business you know.  I'm talking about social networking.

We network socially these days to promote awareness of a brand, a service, a product.  But we also engage in social networking because of the fringe benefits.

How many people have you met here on the Active Rain message board who you are 98% sure you probably would never have met were it not for Active Rain?  How many people have you run into on Facebook who you thought were lost to you forever but now you are back in close contact?  How many people are stalking you, I mean are you stalking, I mean are you connected with on Twitter who have really and truly enriched your life?

You know that saying "Friends With Benefits?"  It means that you are friends with someone but you get the added luxury of the perks from being in a committed relationship with someone.  Social networking is a lot like that.  Social networking means that you get to promote your business, your products or services and you get the added luxury of meeting some really great people, some of whom will move over into the friendship pool.

This is just one more thing I love about social networking.  We band together, don't we?  For instance, those of you who know TLW (Billie) or "The Lovely Wife," Broker Bryant's wife, has been having a rough go of it health-wise. Today at 2 p.m., she went in for surgery.  The details are not important for this post.  Just search for TLW on Active Rain and you'll get everything you need to know about what is happening.  What IS important for this post is that, once it became known what was happening, real estate professionals from around the globe rallied to her support.  Prayer groups have been set up, offers of support and assistance have gone out.  Folks love TLW because, well, because she's TLW.  And many of those folks, me included, have grown as a result of knowing her although most of us have never met her in person or spoken with her on the phone.  But that's the power of social networking guys.  Don't you want in on some of that?

It isn't always about business.  The perks are sooooo much more important!

UPDATE: TLW's surgery was rescheduled for this morning at 7 a.m. Keep your prayer hats on folks!

~Renae - Market 4 Real!


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Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY

Thanks for sharing and I hope the surgery went well for TLW.

Mar 17, 2009 01:23 PM #1
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Hi Renae, great post about SM. It's quite amazing and educational, among many other things. Exciting time to be in and around the internet and SM. Tweet tweet!

Mar 17, 2009 01:25 PM #2
Nate Rowe
Oakstone Properties, Homes in Richmond VA - Richmond, VA
Realtor, Homes in Richmond VA

That is very true.  I love it here on the Rain.  I have seen some great things and have learned a lot.  My thoughts are with her and her family and I am sure everything will be ok.  Thanks for sharing and I wish you the best.

Mar 17, 2009 01:42 PM #3
Bryan Crabtree
Bryan Crabtree, The Real Estate Expert. - Mount Pleasant, SC

That's true.  This seems to be a positive, very industry promoting network of people!

Mar 17, 2009 02:04 PM #4
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

I agree.  Its amazing how connected you can feel to people you have never met.  My thoughts are with her.

Mar 17, 2009 02:08 PM #5
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

I was to old to appreciate the friends with benefits thing but I am appreciating facebook.

Mar 17, 2009 02:12 PM #6
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi Renae—Thanks for your post. TLWs surgery has been postponed until Thursday morning. We can all benefit from our friendships and professional relationships in the RAIN!Tthat's what makes AR a great place.

Mar 17, 2009 03:09 PM #7
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Great post Renae.  You tell it like it is.  We have a family of people that we may never come face to face with but they mean so much.  I hear TLW is going for surgery at 7:00AM due to a delay yesterday Keep those prayers and good thoughts comin' 

Mar 17, 2009 11:50 PM #8
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Renae - We'll keep our prayer hats on.... I could have not expressed the value in Active Rain any better. Thank you!

Mar 18, 2009 01:12 AM #9
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

It was postponed until this morning, Connie.  Waiting for word now.

That's so true, Susie - it is amazing, this social networking!

Nate, you are not alone in your love of AR, I'm sure!  There are tons of us out there!

Yes, Bryan.  Most of the ones who do participate in social networking do seem to be the same ones who support one another.

Stacey-Ann, the connection you can build with folks you've never met in person is incredible, isn't it?

I was too scared to appreciate the friends with benefits thing, Russ!  Like you, I sure do like the other options I have now!

Exactly Linda! And this is definitely a great place!

Paddy, that's what I do - tell it like it is! And I get so attached to some of my family members!


Mar 18, 2009 01:50 AM #10
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

The value is enormous, isn't it Petra?  You just gotta luv it!


Mar 18, 2009 01:51 AM #11
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

I hope all went well too this morning and I laughed out loud at the thought of TLW as a friend with benefits thing... too funny and I know she would laugh at the title too.

Mar 18, 2009 05:31 AM #12
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


She did laugh at that too Russell. It's just a matter of time before I get through all of these posts :)


You made me laugh, you made me cry. Would you mind hanging on to the ability to do that to me? It's a very powerful thing when you can melt my heart like this. I'm not the big bad ass I pretend to be ya know? :)

Thank you Renae. The feelings are mutual. You my Dear never fail to crack me up with your tongue and cheek remarks :)


Mar 30, 2009 09:42 AM #13
DeAnna Troupe
Learn Small Business - Stone Mountain, GA

Excellent post. The title made me go oh great another post unrelated to social networking that I'll have to delete, but you were right on target!

May 02, 2009 08:26 PM #14
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