Social Networking - What's the point?

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license plateInspired by John Lockwood I started a social network. Just like that, spur of the moment.  My new social network is called "The Maureen Corps." The 'Maureen Corps' is on Ning.com  Ning.com  is part of OpenSocial. I blogged about OpenSocial over the weekend, find it if you care about what OpenSocial is about.

John Lockwood  wrote about Ning.com and getting your own social network. I clicked on the link in John's entry about Ning.com never thinking I would create a social network.  It must have been an impulse kind of thing.. as I recall that's kind of how I stumbled into ActiveRain (a social network) too... Following John Lockwood's inspiration in his post where he admitted setting up two social networks.  John wrote:

"And in the true spirit of Web 2.0, I have decided that if I can, of course that means I should, so I am now the proud owner of not just one, but TWO social networks, with me as the one member each!"

I stopped with one for now. Following John's reasoning  'The Maureen Corps'  is sort of like MySpace except all the members will be named Maureen. We're not going to let every Tom, Dick and Harry join, for Pete's sake!   

Visit The Maureen Corps   More blogging?  Is Social Networking just a polite way to suck you into blogging?  I know I joined ActiveRain not knowing it was just more blogging. 

My first blog on ActiveRain  My first and only blog entry on The Maureen Corps is similar. Duh!

Probably finding Maureen Gorman's Maureen.com (I'm having trouble with this link http://www.maureen.com !!) with Cafe Press Products was part of what started me in motion toward The Maureen Corps.

Maureen Francis, Maureen Staccato and Maureen Henry.... you are more than welcome to join 'The Maureen Corps.'  Other ActiveRain Maureen's include: Graziano, Kurowski, Kerr, Megowan, Kennedy, Thorpe, Houston, Kelly, Reddy, McPartlan, Wright, Clark, Haney .... There's a zillion (maybe that's an exageration...) more Maureen's on ActiveRain who have set up a profile but have very few points, may not be active on ActiveRain, but they are all welcome as members on The Maureen Corps...  there are NO points on The Maureen Corps. 

I announced The Maureen Corps on ColumbusBestBlog, my other blog  first. 

Darn I have someone who wants to be a member...

Art Bl

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Art Bl is awaiting approval to become a member of The Maureen Corps.

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What do I do now?  I think Art B. ought to start an Art Gallery.  I can see some real commercial implications for that social network. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Maureen Francis is a member!!!  of The Mauren Corps.  Actually she is a member of the Maureen Corps by virtue of the name her Mom and Dad gave her at birth... but she joined the Social Network dedicated to those of us who are Maureens.   Welcome Maureen F.
Nov 06, 2007 10:26 AM #24
Rainer
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Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
Hi Maureen - Maybe I'll start my own group, too.  Ed, Edd and Eddy:)
Nov 06, 2007 05:16 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
....Ed you can do a Mr. Ed appreciation group (did you appreciated it?) and meet people of that era...
Nov 07, 2007 03:07 AM #26
Rainer
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Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
The few, the proud, the Maureen's.  I am proud to stand up and be counted.  
Nov 07, 2007 08:07 AM #27
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Maureen, I am still trying to find the time to explore the myriad social networks out there...I have a stack two inches thick!  But, I will follow your efforts and am quite interested to watch it grow.  This may be the best way to network...who knows?
Nov 07, 2007 08:29 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Thanks for joining Maureen Henry I approved you.  I guess with three of us there is a few now....

Diane:  It is certainly not part of my real estate networking.  Having set it up  and investigated it just a little it gives me a new understanding about what happened in the forum on Roberta Murphy's blog and what ActiveRain faces with unmoderated memberships. Anyone can join. Some join over and over and some like the member on the RE Weenie screen shot, don't really belong.  It happens in social networking, but social networking in and of itself is not evil. 

 

Nov 07, 2007 11:54 AM #29
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Michelle DeRepentigny
Success Realty - Athens, GA
Broker Athens, GA
Oh boy - I'm hooked!  One more place to publicize my "other" blog and have fun.  Thanks Maureen!
Nov 07, 2007 11:13 PM #30
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Michelle: Ning.com  or something on Ning.com was one of the OpenSocial applications that was quickly hacked just to prove the point that he could, that these applications are not secure. An OpenSocail application on Plaxo was the first one hacked into. So go slow.  Be careful.
Nov 08, 2007 03:41 AM #31
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Art Blanchet
On the Outside Lookin' In - Sebastian, FL
Stranger in a Warm Land

Maureen - You are very special.  Thanks. 

Art Gallery is good.  Art of War for military men/women (though few women are named Art)  Art Imitating Life.  Art for Art's Sake (or Saki?)  Art LinkLetters?  Art LinkLenders?  Art LinkLedgers?  Art Attack?  Art to Art?  Art...

 

Nov 08, 2007 08:48 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Gosh I like Art LinkLenders and they would not all have to be named Art beause you are Art.  There's commercial possibilities there...

Do people worry about using something like ArtLinkedLenders, ReesesPieces etc. that if they hit it big, someone would come with their hand out saying

We are the heirs of Art Linkletter and since the name is derived from....

or

we all know what Reeses Pieces are and we want a piece of...

or  

could the Marine Corps storm my Ning.co m network some day...

Is the photo a camel?  Or a llama?

Nov 08, 2007 08:57 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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A new social network is born!

http://artful.ning.com/

He's got a video... he's got art on his banner (header?) ... he's way ahead of The Maureen Corps.

 

If I had not spent so much time on Art's Twittier post where most people are saying " What does the graphic say?"  cassabanana  Mi casa es su casa banana?

Nov 08, 2007 01:18 PM #34
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Maureen! What a great idea...and name! The Maureen Corps...it's classic!

I feel like I'm almost a "Maureen" but not quite "there" enough to be a member... <sigh>

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 09, 2007 05:25 PM #35
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Art Blanchet
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Stranger in a Warm Land

Maureen - FYI - Art "artful" we have listed several famous "arts" - photos and life highlights (more or less).  The photo/header came with the template.  Nobody'e on there but me.  As to the picture - not a llama - me after an hour on AR writing unclever remarks (like this one). 

(See what you made me do?!?!)

Nov 09, 2007 09:02 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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Maura  Thanks. I have a niece named Maura.  I like Maura.  Een is so 1950's 1960's.... ooooh you inspired a new post for The Maureen Corps. I think there are four posts on there,  It's pointless, readerless and nearly memberless but it's mine, mine, all mine.

Art we We only have three members and we have been open for business since 11/06.  Your Artful looks great. It is open to all? Or just Arts?  Does one have to appreciate Art? 

Nov 10, 2007 02:43 AM #37
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Maura Neill
RE/MAX Around Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

Hi, Maureen!

I actually found a group on Facebook (which I of course joined) called "MAURA is the best name ever!!!!" It made me giggle. There's a whole discussion board thread about what is really the correct way to pronounce "Maura" - it is very funny!

And I don't think it matters if there are 4 posts or 400 posts on The Maureen Corps. because as you said, it's all YOURS! =)

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 14, 2007 11:22 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
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That's funny. I wonder if there is a Maureen Corps on Facebook and I just did not know... Maura how do you say your name? It is mine but I want to share it with Maureens everywhere...
Nov 14, 2007 11:30 AM #39
Rainer
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Maura Neill
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North Metro Atlanta Real Estate

I say it like "More-ah" (not "Mahr-ah). So I usually explain that it's like Laura with an "m", except that I recently met a Laura who pronounces it "Lahr-ah."

I checked really quickly in Facebook - no Maureen Corps that I can see! =)

~Maura Gebhardt

Nov 14, 2007 12:03 PM #40
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I had a hair stylist years ago who pronounced it  "Moy-Rah"  My niece is "More-ah" 

My neighbors growing up pronounced my name "Marine."  Birthday Party invites were addressed to Marine.  Some people do pronounce it that way today, some people in my office do..  I probably shouldn't joke about  "The Maureen Corps."  My father and at least one of my sister's used to say "Mreen."  I know I wondered about how it was suppposed to be pronounced as a kid.

I should start a Maureen Corp on Facebook... nah... 

Nov 14, 2007 12:36 PM #41
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Two new Maureen Corps members and one's name is Maureen Corp.

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