ActiveRain & Social Networks: "The Power to Connect and Re-Connect"

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Today was yet another awesome example of how social networking makes the World smaller, and enables us to connect/reconnect with others.

Back when I was a newlywed, my wife and I were leaders for our church youth group at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, CA. We were one of two couples entrusted with the hyper-active 9th graders. One of the 'kids' in my charge was a rather feisty, somewhat rebellious teenager by the name of Scott Ivey. Our first youth group activity together was running around picking up stuff that church members had donated to our big Youth Group Garage Sale. I can still remember how much Scott and I laughed at some of the junk treasures people had pawned off given to us. We became immediate friends, and hung out together throughout the remainder of Scott's illustrious high school career.

Over the years, we attempted to keep in contact. The last time I saw him was over 10 years ago while attending a conference in Reno NV. Back then, Scott was working as an engineer for one of the railroads. He was married, had kids of his own, and was teaching Sunday School at his church.

Earlier today, as I was updating my Facebook profile, I started to enter a few names into the search box, of people I had lost contact with over the years, just to see if I would get any results. Scott was one of those names.

I found his profile, and started to laugh. Scott is now a licensed agent with Avalar Real Estate in the greater Sacramento CA area!

And what's even more hilarious, he has a member profile here on ActiveRain. However, he's just a 'Newb' with only 350 points (which is gonna change here REAL quick!) He hasn't even written his first blog post yet!

If you all would do me a favor, and send Scott a little slap note of harassment encouragement to quit being lazy jump in and get involved in our community? You can harass email him HERE!

Welcome to ActiveRain, Scott!

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Hill
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LOL. This here internet thang sure does bring dem people together. It's purty nifty, eh? =P  This is cool. And it always amazes me where I find people.

Nov 12, 2008 09:25 PM #17
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Steve Shatsky
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Ever since I joined Facebook I am amazed at the folks from my past who are coming out of the woodwork!  What's even more amazing is that they choose to acknowledge that they know me after 20+ years estrangement... I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder! :)

Nov 12, 2008 10:54 PM #18
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Jason Crouch
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Rich - What a cool story!  What are the chances?  Actually, you and I both know who orchestrated that one.  I will stop by and say "howdy" to Scott.

Nov 12, 2008 11:30 PM #19
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Melina Tomson
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Are you sure you want people to know he knew you as a younger man.  I mean I imagine...he might have some juicy stories about you?  I mean 10,000 points for some dirt on Rich?  He could earn points really quickly here...

Nov 13, 2008 12:10 AM #20
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Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz
REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 - Las Vegas, NV
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Great story Rich and we do live in a small world. I would like to say welcome to Scott and I think I just may surf around and comment on Scott's blog.

Nov 13, 2008 12:43 AM #21
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William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
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Rich,

Thanks for the post. There's always room here in the community for another. The welcome wagon is in full motion!

Nov 13, 2008 05:14 AM #22
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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Rich,

I will take care of that slap note of encouragement as soon as I get thru here.  Have a GREAT day sir.

Nov 13, 2008 05:56 AM #23
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Stop the bellyaching...geez...I just had to see you in person and now you're back busting someone elses chops...leave the poor guy a lone...let him figure it out...stop with all the positive encouragement...he doesn't need the pressure! I think Scott should slap you around.

Nov 13, 2008 06:24 AM #24
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OMG...

That is so cool. That's it. Now I have to go type some names in my Face Book and see if I can locate my long lost best friend. We used to start food fights in the cafeteria in High School. If I find her I'll be sure to invite her to the Rain. Unless of course, you think one of me is quite enough, with a great big thank you :)

TLW...ROAR!

Nov 13, 2008 09:43 AM #25
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Rich Jacobson
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Neal:   Trust me, Scott wil get his shots!

TLW:   You mean there's MORE of you???.....How could we ever possibly have our fill of you? You're like Chinese Food....I gorge myself, but 1/2 hour later, I want more!

Nov 13, 2008 12:17 PM #26
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I emailed him for you - - hope to see him more active in the rain!!

Nov 13, 2008 02:51 PM #27
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Tony Favata
First Class Properties - Milford, DE

Wow, that is pretty crazy. It is definitely a small world.

Nov 13, 2008 03:07 PM #28
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Rich Ferretti
Keller Williams Realty - Mint Hill, NC
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The world gets smaller every day. People I lost touch with years ago are now popping up all over.

Rich

Charlotte NC

Nov 13, 2008 04:34 PM #29
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Connie Harvey
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Rich, consider it done! What a great story to share too. I can't tell you how delighted I am to be a part of this group. I really can't wait til I know what I'm doing! I feel like I'm driving a car w/out a liscence! :)

Nov 13, 2008 05:50 PM #30
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Brad Andersohn
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Go get him Rich.  What a great story!  Social Networking sites never cease to amaze me. :-)

Nov 13, 2008 07:13 PM #31
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, PLR - Austin, TX
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What a small, small world...

Nov 13, 2008 08:46 PM #32
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Neal Bloom
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL - Weston, FL
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Rich,

You be da man...I love ya bud:)

Nov 14, 2008 06:03 AM #33
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Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
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I started reading this again and the song, its a small small world popped into my head...now it won't leave. Dangit!

Nov 14, 2008 10:22 AM #34
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Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
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Hi Rich, As a newb I'm becoming amazed at the connections that I'm starting to make. It's fun to see the kids I've mentored. Now if an old boyfriend comes out of the woodwork, that may be a different story (wink) ;~)

Nov 15, 2008 03:58 PM #35
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Bill Sauneuf
Preview Properties Skagit LLC - Mount Vernon, WA

Rich,

Wow, you're absolutely right about social networking making the world a smaller place...  You used to live in Castro Valley, CA... Wow, I'm originally from San Lorenzo, CA.

I spent a lot of time around Castro Valley Blvd., I went to Cal State Hayward, I even delivered pizzas for the Castro Valley Round Table Pizza for a short time...

What a small world... I always took you for a native to the Kitsap Peninsula.  You've clearly found your home.

 

Nov 16, 2008 04:25 AM #36
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