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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Ambassador
1,082,788
Bryan Robertson
Broker, Author, Speaker
Catarra Real Estate, Inc

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.

January 26, 2012 02:00 PM
Rainmaker
676,220
David Shamansky
Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
US Mortgages - David Shamansky

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)

January 26, 2012 02:34 PM
Rainer
204,518
Mark Delgado
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove

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.

January 26, 2012 02:37 PM
Ambassador
876,211
Larry Bettag
Regional Vice-President
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage

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

January 26, 2012 04:47 PM
Rainer
78,108
Chris Lewis
Front Royal VA Home Sales
Gracious Living Realty

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.

January 26, 2012 04:50 PM
Rainmaker
1,031,035
Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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:))

January 26, 2012 04:53 PM
Rainmaker
156,031
Suzanne Gantner
GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR
Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate

Not impressed...

January 26, 2012 04:54 PM
Rainmaker
589,438
Jim Hale
On the Move for You! - Eugene - Springfield Oregon Real Estate
ACTIONAGENTS.NET

The plane.  The plane.

Doesn't really matter.

The speed.  The speed.

What seems to be the matter?

January 26, 2012 05:38 PM
Rainmaker
295,454
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United
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.

January 26, 2012 05:40 PM
Rainer
143,700
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties

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.

January 26, 2012 05:52 PM
Ambassador
1,262,604
Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!

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...

January 26, 2012 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
133,587
Marcia Kramarz
CDPE,LMC,CBR
Re/Max Executive Realty

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

January 26, 2012 09:20 PM
Rainmaker
378,248
Rose King
Friendswood / Pearland Homes
UTR, Texas Realtors

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.

January 26, 2012 09:21 PM
Rainmaker
505,079
Rob D. Shepherd
Principal Broker ABR, GRI
Coldwell Banker Coast

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

January 26, 2012 10:27 PM
Rainmaker
652,546
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC

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

January 27, 2012 12:01 AM
Rainmaker
1,077,304
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
LandlordWhisperer
Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

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!

January 27, 2012 06:40 AM
Rainmaker
824,484
Marc Swartz
CPA, CA - Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario

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.

January 27, 2012 09:41 AM
Rainer
145,762
Michael S. Bolton
MN Appraiser
Michael S. Bolton,Inc.

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!

January 28, 2012 11:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,226,755
Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc.

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

January 29, 2012 09:49 AM
Rainmaker
808,364
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

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!

January 29, 2012 10:30 AM
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