Is the New Active Rain Like the "New Coke?"

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Mortgage and Lending with Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

Not that I care....I'm OK with the new Active RaiThere was such an outcry they brought back the classicn.....SO FAR!!!!People loved the "Classic" because of the Original Recipe

I've seen so many comments discussing Active Rain and it's new look and new features.  I like some of it, and some of it I do not like.  Some of it, I'll just have to figure out.  The only thing that I don't really like is having my name roll of the page and some other page things.  The rest of the things I'll discover or get used to. And the speed still stinks.....I hate the lockouts.  Navigation is OK, but the speed.  Sometimes I feel that if it were any slower it'd be in reverse.

But with all of the comments, I got to wondering is this new Active Rain look like the "New Coke?"

Me????  Im' a classic kinda guy.  I hate the new coke.  However, I'm not ready to say that Active Rain needs to revert to the classic, but by all comments you need to wonder.  I'm still excited to see what I can still discover with the new before I start crying for the old.  For me....it still has the same flavor.

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Bryan Robertson
Catarra Real Estate, Inc - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

So far I don't really like it but I'm still getting used to it.  There are elements that make things easier to find (such as draft posts) but otherwise the terminology has changed a bit making things harder to find.  For me, the jury is still out.

Jan 26, 2012 02:00 PM #21
Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

What do you mean you hat ethe speed it only takes me between 45-60 minutes to veiw the posts I have interest in and get my comments to post isnt that fast enough...

it may be if I was one of the turtle couple "the slowskis" on comcast commercial. gheez can we even get upgraded to not using 56k modems it would be a help (lol)

Jan 26, 2012 02:34 PM #22
Rainer
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Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Diet Coke all the way. That one never changes, does it?  Anyway, it seems that all sites change at one point or another so I just take it in stride when AR does the same.

Jan 26, 2012 02:37 PM #23
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Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

I don't get it all...but I will....but the speed, the speed.....

Jan 26, 2012 04:47 PM #24
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Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
I want to SELL your home, not LIST it!

The size of the photo and the text on the "My Home page" is really irritating.  I'm surprised that there are so many issues, considering that it was tested as a beta version.

Jan 26, 2012 04:50 PM #25
Rainmaker
1,144,307
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Larry I am a Classic Coke guy as well .....also I have been a firm believer, things that are not broken do not fix.....only what needs fixing, but sometimes New Brooms do not get the concept that they do not always  need to sweep:))

Jan 26, 2012 04:53 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Gantner
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate - Round Rock, TX
GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR

Not impressed...

Jan 26, 2012 04:54 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Jim Hale
ACTIONAGENTS.NET - Eugene, OR
On the Move for You! - Eugene - Springfield Oregon Real Estate

The plane.  The plane.

Doesn't really matter.

The speed.  The speed.

What seems to be the matter?

Jan 26, 2012 05:38 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Bud & Beth McKinney
RE/MAX UNITED - Cary, NC
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I was shocked to get a silver can of REGULAR COKE, and very surprised to see AR change.   I will wait to judge until I have checked everything out.

Jan 26, 2012 05:40 PM #29
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Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

As you said, it's okay. Coke learned a valuable lesson with that experiment. My favorite will always be Coke in a glass bottle chilled in ice not the refrigerator.

Jan 26, 2012 05:52 PM #30
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Larry, I've been avoiding "my home"... it just doesn't feel right to me, maybe it's because I have my photo staring at me on both sides of the screen, I feel a little watched...   I too think, that it's gotten slower...

Jan 26, 2012 08:10 PM #31
Rainmaker
133,637
Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA
CDPE,LMC,CBR

WOW - you hit a button here to get 31 comments before me - I am with you = classic worked for me!

Jan 26, 2012 09:20 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Rose King
UTR, Texas Realtors - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland Homes

It took me forever to find the "log-off" button. I don't like the way only part of my name shows up. I wouldn't mind the new look if Active Rain were running faster. I try to get my comments in before cut-off time each night, but I sometimes miss it because it takes 10 minutes for a comment to post. Log-in is incredibly slow also. I wish they had worked on the speed rather than the look. Hopefully they will get everything ironed out soon.

Jan 26, 2012 09:21 PM #33
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Rob D. Shepherd
Coldwell Banker Coast - Florence, OR
Principal Broker ABR, GRI

Another vote for " NO- GO". Why did it have to change it worked fine for me.

Jan 26, 2012 10:27 PM #34
Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Some days I have given up totally trying to post or comment -- its just too slllloooooowwwww -- very slow -- wasting time.

Jan 27, 2012 12:01 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

Posting from my office PC on a DSL is easier than doing it EARLY in the AM....ActiveRain needs CAFFINE in the AM I suspect!

Jan 27, 2012 06:40 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

Hi Larry - I have not noticed any changes in speed.  The new My Home page provides unnecessary information and removes valuable information.  It is also designed to require us to do more clicking for tasks that I use every day.

Jan 27, 2012 09:41 AM #37
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Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Larry~I'm working thru the new look, so far I ok with it. I do think somehow they have to figure out the speed issue, I'm not sure why there has to such an inconsistency. My guess is that they want to make it better, so eventually they figure it out.

Have an awesome weekend!

Jan 28, 2012 11:41 AM #38
Rainmaker
1,232,276
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Wow, excellently written Larry! We suggested it. Yeah, please fix the speed, we're dying here waiting!

Jan 29, 2012 09:49 AM #39
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843,539
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Wonder if it's your computer or your internet connection? People always blame AR but I think what speed you have on your connection is the biggest thing. I don't like the new format - not because I don't like change, it's I just can't see the benefits of moving everything around!

It seems like it's taking longer to figure out where everything is. I also feel like my picture on the left is 8x10 in size - what's the use of that? I know what I frickin' look like!

Adjust text on your screen? Hold down the CTRL & THEN HIT THE +/- buttons. Voila!

Jan 29, 2012 10:30 AM #40
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