Is Big Brother Watching You?
Well, I am pretty sure my big brother is not watching my blog; even my kids only check it out once in a while (and then get annoyed because we painted the hearth while they were away at college and they didn't get a say in the matter). But you can be pretty sure your office manager or the president of your real estate firm is checking it out once in a while!
However, with Google Alerts, you can be sure that others are keeping an eye on what you are saying! When I got the opportunity to meet Alan Dalton when my company invited him and two other RisMedia people to come talk to us, I wrote a blog post about it. RisMedia found it and mentioned my blog in their online newsletter.
When I was working on writing a post in ActiveRain while updating a Realtor.com listing, suddenly the entire look of the Realtor.com listing changed. I posted about it--I wasn't too happy. Realtor.com called me the next day to let me know that my area of the country was part of a test, and that it was not supposed to be permanent. They also asked me for feedback on the new look. I was more than happy to tell them what I didn't like and what I did. I was impressed that they would call. I would be even more impressed if they changed things back to the way they were.
When I posted about Birding Books, PetersonGuides.com wrote a comment on the post telling me about new aps for the i-Phone and i-Pad for birders. Too bad the "contact us" link on their website doesn't seem to work, because I tried to write to them asking for permission to use a screen shot of their website in my blog, but when I hit "send" on my question, it just kept saying "please wait." I tried it again the next day, and the same thing happened--not good.
So fellow bloggers, I am just giving you a hint that you never know who might be watching, aside from you clients, your competition, your friends, and other ActiveRainers!