ActiveRain's New Social Blog

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We have a new feature that helps you view the most recent posts of the members to which you subscribe.  Previously you clicked Blogs, saw your blog subscription list on the right hand side and clicked through each amazingly talented member one by one.

No longer my friends! The new ActiveRain Social Blog makes it easier!

The Social Blog is a one stop shop to view the latest posts from your favorite bloggers.  Go to http://activerain.com/social/blog and you will see your own version.  Here's what mine looks like:

 

 

 

The most recent post of my subscriptions is by Pat Kennedy so her most recent post is listed first.  If you scroll down you'll see 10 of the most recent blog posts from the members to which you subscribe on the first page.

Check out the 'Suggested Reading' at the top.  The algorithm looks at who I'm subscribed to, who they're subscribed to, adds in a few other components and suggests other bloggers which may interest me.  Like many of the social suggestion tools out there, it makes suggestions based on things that interest you. Facebook suggests friends, Amazon suggests products, now ActiveRain suggests bloggers. The 'suggested reading' bar will change each time you return so you always have a chance to check out new and interesting bloggers here in the Rain.

We hope this makes viewing your posts by your favorite bloggers easier while also introducing you to other members of the community that may interest you.

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Kerrie Greenhalgh

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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well now, won't this be fun. We'll have a dash board on the right and the blogs access on the left and a platform of additional blogs in the center. I hope I remember to get off the site to do some work every now and then.

Jan 07, 2011 09:50 AM #119
Rainmaker
1,264,044
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I went to the page.  It kind of blew my mind.  I guess I will have to get used to it. 

Jan 07, 2011 12:26 PM #120
Rainmaker
1,635,051
Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

I really do like this tool. Now, after using for a bit I have a few suggestions to further improve.

1.  There needs to be an easier way to comment.  If you read it and then want to comment, there should be button at the bottom to allow you to add/view comments.  Now, you have to scroll back up to it and click on title.  At times, I'm getting tired/lazy and if connection is slow, i am now commenting less.

2.  would b good to see how many comments there are and whether it is featured.

3.  would be good to show city/state of the blogger on the right.

Jan 07, 2011 01:29 PM #121
Ambassador
904,461
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Debbie - Those are such good comments, and I agree with all of them (per our discussions earlier today....)!

Jan 07, 2011 10:03 PM #122
Ambassador
1,555,711
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kerrie, it's different and a quick read. I'm also flattered that my photo is the first one on the right. You just caught me in the middle of changing from the Christmas Avatar.

Jan 08, 2011 08:37 AM #123
Rainmaker
833,177
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com
Fontaine Property Group - Melbourne, FL
Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!

I am trying to get used to it...it is hard to be the old guy on the block trying to pick up all the new stuff.

Jan 10, 2011 12:26 AM #124
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1,261,502
Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
OMG Kerrie! This is AWESOME! I love it! I'm always looking for new writers and this is a great way to 'happen upon' them. AR life is good!
Jan 11, 2011 11:26 AM #125
Rainmaker
235,183
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

Is there a way to get to this from my home page? I didn't see it there at all.

Jan 12, 2011 05:48 PM #126
Rainmaker
996,108
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Jenny:  You can access this from your "Profile" page... on the left side, just below "Write a Blog Post" is the link "Read Social Blog" and yes... the same thing appears on your "Home Page".  It is along the left side... almost at the top.  It is again, just below the "Write a Blog Post."

Jan 12, 2011 07:47 PM #127
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393,711
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor - Charlottesville Virginia Homes and Horse Farms

I can't wait to check this out.  It seems like it will be a great addition to the Active Rain esperience.

Jan 13, 2011 12:58 PM #128
Rainmaker
280,152
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 20 Years in Real Estate!

I wondered what the social blog was all about.  I haven't began to use it on a regular basis yet, but I feel like it will be easier than just scrolling down the row of my subscriptions.  Thanks for the upgrade!

Jan 14, 2011 10:22 PM #129
Rainer
170,302
Rose Mary Justice
Elite Realty Group - Dandridge, TN
Elite Realty Group

Thanks active rain.  What a cool idea

Jan 15, 2011 08:15 PM #130
Rainmaker
172,475
Real Estate Virtual Assistant & North San Diego County Real Estate Agent
Christine Wade - Vista, CA

I haven't been around much since the holidays and just noticed this feature on my AR page tonight so I had to go search and see what it is all about...I love this!  It is much more intuitive and makes commenting and reading posts by those readers that you've found value in previously so much easier!  Good job, AR!

Jan 17, 2011 10:07 PM #131
Rainer
22,477
Jan Laurie
JL Residential Styling & Staging - Nanaimo, BC

Fantastic! This is going to allow me to read more than I have in the past. Many thanks.

Jan 25, 2011 06:59 PM #132
Rainmaker
77,698
Joy Baker
RE/MAX Insight - Salem, NH
So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist

I realize I'm late to the party here but...very cool feature!!!

Jan 27, 2011 11:52 AM #133
Rainmaker
232,075
Barbara Jenness
Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine, FL
St. Augustine FL Real Estate

Joy--I am later than you. I noticed it yesterday and enjoyed it. Thanks for adding this time-saving feature.

Feb 01, 2011 12:08 PM #134
Rainmaker
211,572
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

I love this new feature. This is so much more convenient!

Feb 07, 2011 03:32 AM #135
Rainer
234,262
Doug Bullwinkel
Vitek Mortgage Group - Roseville, CA
NMLS #281609

Great update.  I'm going to start using this right away.

Mar 19, 2011 02:17 AM #136
Rainer
189,754
Virginia Cheezum
F. C. Tucker Company - Indianapolis, IN

Okay, now you're just showing off...how cooli is this!

Sep 20, 2011 07:59 PM #137
Rainmaker
47,943
Amanda Thomas
Providence Group Realty - Plano, TX
Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR

Ah ha!! I kept wondering what the point of 'following' another blogger was... this was the missing piece. :-)

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