Social Networking Helps To Build Your Online Relationships . . .

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Services

What we all do here on Active Rain, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter - those are the ones I use the most - is, of course, called Social Networking.

With social networking there are many different aspects of it and why we do what we do and who we interact with.  I started here on Active Rain and then all you know what broke loose.  I found my inner geek and have never looked back.  Not coming from a technology background, I had no idea what a widget was, much less what to do with it, but now I do.  Well, at least I have an idea.

Nervous as I started, I started commenting and then final tried my hand a writing a blog or so.  Amazed, I found this entire new world of people, who I now consider family and friends.   The best part of social networks is that most people  share their knowledge and insight with me about technology and in turn, I try to share some of the real estate knowledge I have with them.  It works, and we all are more successful by helping and sharing. Helping and sharing, that is what it is all about.

So we are social inside of our computers, but there comes a time when we need to close our computers and go to things like and Inman Conference, or a REBar Camp.  Currently you are reading about the Real Estate Tech South Confernce in Atlanta.  If there is a conference like this near you and you can get there, GO.  You will meet the Jeff Turners, Mike Simonsens, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, and Natalie Langfords  of the social networking world.  They are, I can not say it enough, the nicest people you will ever meet.  When they talk and share with you, they are sincere and talking to you.

Social means meeting and interacting with the people you have realtionships with face to face, belly to belly with real live humans is the crux of all of you online efforts.

Having attended a few meet ups, a Confernce and REBCVA, the most fun is meeting the folks who live in your computer IRL( in real life).  I got to meet my friend Nannette Sauders and have never looked back.  I cannot tell you how attending one of these events will make all of the blogging and networking that you do, come full circle.  You will have the best time to meet everyone and spend time with them.  Most everyone you know here is a hundred times better IRL.  Engaging with the folks that you read here and other sites will teach you even more things when you are in a social setting.  It makes the connection real.

If you cannot attend one of these types of conferences, check to see if is attending.  They have been doing live feeds and you can sit and watch these conferences right from your computer.  Ain't technology great.  With that said, going is much better than just watching it on your television. 

I encourage you to go to the next Tweet up, Meet Up, REBAR Camp, Confrence, NAR convention, you will have so much fun, meeting the people you interact with on a daily basis. You will be greeted with hugs and smiles.  After you go, you will be so glad that you did.  Look for me at the next get together, I know I will be excited to see you there.

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Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Audrey.....  I agree with you 110%, that meeting those that you talk to online certainly brings it full circle. It allows you to truly get to know that person, because sometimes we might think differently about someone online, good or bad, it they could be different in person. Me personally?  I would hope that they are the same in person as they are when representing themselves online.  Hope you had fun. I heard there isn't one in Philly until May?

Jeff Belonger

Mar 21, 2009 12:19 PM #1
Nannette Turner
Keller Williams Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Audrey it is amazing how one day can change your life.  I am very blessed to have some great friends & have had the opportunity to meet them in real life.  I can't wait to see you again!  Love you gal!

Mar 21, 2009 12:38 PM #2
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Jeff, I am coming to the one in May for sure.  I just have the best time.  It is all about networking for business, and personal relationships as well.  Can't wait until May.  Told you we were like Dead Heads!!

Hey Nannette, it is true.  I knew we would be like Peas and carrots.  So much fun and learned a lot.  Can't wait to see you again and darn soon.

Mar 21, 2009 01:03 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Audrey, I haven't yet attended on and I can't imagine how much fun they are!   I will be sure to get to at least one.

Mar 21, 2009 02:18 PM #4
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Audrey - You've really captured the connection between online networking and IRL. Knowing people online provides a great foundation for when we meet IRL, and that really accellerates the relationship.

Mar 22, 2009 04:43 PM #5
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