Online cowmunities - it's just the beginning...

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX of Naperville

You never know where these things can lead... 

For many of us (those of us that are old in Internet years) our first experiences with online communities came from Prodigy, AOL or Compuserve and the forums that they offered. But, except for getting specific information, they never really grabbed my attention.

What hooked me on developing online relationships with people was Usenet, obviously this was long before Google Groups (which is an extension of the old DejaNews  Usenet archive) My ISP had their own group and I could get on there to ask questions of other users and the folks that worked there. We developed some off topic repartee... and the next thing you know...I'm hanging out in the Chi. groups (Chicago) as the real estate guy that speaks geek. I picked up a little business and had a lot of fun.... of course this was prior to Usenet becoming the virtual wasteland that it is today.

In the late 90's I got onto RE/MAX Mainstreet after their move from Compuserve to the WWW... it really irritated me that I had to get an inferior service like Compuserve in order to participate in the old forums (so I didn't) It was there that I first became acquainted with Kristal Kraft and I was fortunate enough to be around to watch her take her bicycle around the world which she shared with us via the Internet (a blogger before that word even existed) And also where I got to meet Jim Crawford  and exchange some search engine tips... Jim invited me to join a group of like minded (geeky) agents at a meeting in Washington DC and the next thing you know I'm hanging with the CyberProfessionals... which then included some crossover from the CyberStars, and the e-ProTalk list and the RealTalk list. That RealTalk meeting in Chicago at NAR in 2001 was quite a treat! The first time tOMe and Ardell meet... Juan and his camera... *sigh*

It seems that many of my real estate relationships started with me shooting my mouth off about something, and somebody responding. The best part of these relationships is when you get to meet and solidify them. Creating friendships and business opportunities aplenty.

Can't wait for NAR next week.... I'm all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it... We need to take pictures, blog and share.

Moo

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Rainmaker
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Kristal - The bike thing was pretty damn cool.

Jeff - It really is great, and not just the business aspects.

Ann - oooh... you are really going to miss out! We'll talk about you too!

John - I usually make the Vegas events...hmmm...wonder why?

November 02, 2006 11:09 PM
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Kristal Kraft
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The Berkshire Group Realtors

You are right, that's where I learned to "blog." Only it wasn't really blogging, it was building a whole darn website. 

I'd do it again tomorrow.

kk

November 11, 2006 12:49 AM
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Linda Davis
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I somehow almost missed this post!   My schedule is much the same.  My only NAR event is the Trade Show!
November 04, 2006 06:13 PM
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Firas Naji
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I've been searching the Internet HI and LOW for a community that is condusive to RE Agents/Brokers.  It seems to me that one really doesn't exist.  I think we need a forum where we can share ideas and ways to make our lives easier.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

November 11, 2006 12:32 AM
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Kristal - The bike riding or the pre-blogging blogging?

Linda - It's probably because we are exposed to so much over the previous couple of days. I know that I get into a mental funk (some will tell you it's a natural state) after ward and need time to absorb.

Firas - Thanks for the comment, Isn't that what we are doing here? I find this to be much more user friendly than any of the other avenues...

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