"PUFF-BACKS"--THAT'S WHAT I CALL OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES.....Lots of Hot Air That Is Meaningless drivel.

THE "PUFF-BACKS"--THAT'S WHAT I CALL OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA SITES.....Lots of Hot Air That Is Meaningless drivel.

When Richard Weiser, Kerrie Greenhalgh and the like are all writing posts about commenting here on AR I felt the need to put in my 2 cents worth....

Those other sites that seem to be so ominous in their size and apparent popularity are really not the thing that is pulling comments off the posts here on AR---I believe the reason comments are down is because of the huge number of agents who are so busy right now that they can't find the time to spend here on AR like they (we) used to....They will be back in my opinion!

As to the other social Media sights--those are just "wind" in the lives of so many people. that we are going to see a diminishing of their popularity in the very near future. Those other sights will have a harder time recovering because they are simply "Puff-backs" that mean nothing to anyone in particular---except the few people who NEED to get their fix everyday of hot air--meaningless drivel and inane comments about their inane lives!

I call those sites "puff-backs" since all they are is "wind", hot or not!

As people get busier in their lives, with hard, sought after work, they will have less and less time to PLAY on social websites ...That's my view point and I am sticking to it!

CONTENT ON  CERTAIN SOCIAL MEDIA SITES IS MEANINGLESS DRIVELYou heard it here first: For those who are wondering what is going to befall Social Media, I predict that those sites that are out there now and appear to be the "big thing" will either evolve into places of real commentary (e.g, ActiveRain), or will devolve into the "next big thing".

THE REASON: Unless you have something of substance to say, you won't find the time to say it! If you are a busy agent, the time it takes to go on FB and any other social site is too time consuming unless you have an important message. ActiveRain fills the bill in my opinion, especially for real estate agents.

Who knows what the next big thing will be? No one, because that is what the next big thing is: "THE UNKNOWN"

ANYONE ELSE SEE IT THIS WAY? If so, add your 2 cents worth too!



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Comment balloon 21 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • March 16 2012 06:01PM


Paula~ I do agree that some peole do feel the need to be everywhere. I think that you are absolutely correct on the idea that the others sites don't mean as much as it is such a quick bit of info out there. I think that being on facebook and twitter is something that does not need much thought to participate and therefore should not really consume that much time. I don't think that it is the reason comments here are down.  I think that being here does take way more time to participate, and people are busy therefore comments will fluxuate as business improves. I enjoyed your blog though... good points.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 6 years ago

It absolutely makes sense as business picks up commenting and blogging may slow down.  Real estate is cyclical and our blogging habits may follow a similar cycle.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 6 years ago

Janis: Thanks---I agree with your assessment of the time spent on those other sites--I get notices from FB and I think "Oh I better go see what is going on there"...then I get there and it is absolutely nothing going on. except for the self-absorbed agents here in the Hamptons, there is no one I want to hear from on that site --or Twitter either!

Norma: I think that is why commenting is down here--I have not been able to sit for any length of time lately much less blog and I miss it!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Paula:  If you are meaning Kerrie Greenhalgh from Active Rain... she is such a great asset to AR, and such a great help to all of us.  I think that one solution would be going to both the blogroll AND to the posts of our list of Rainers that we have subscribed to.  I would think then that we would find quite a bit to comment on.

As far as those other sites are concerned... I am so glad I do not feel the need to "be everywhere."

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) over 6 years ago

Carolyn: Thanks for correcting the spelling of Kerrie's name--should have checked it before I published it. I will do that right now....and I agree; I too do not feel the need too be everywhere!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I'm glad to read your post because the fluff and puff of these other sites really annoy me.  I appreciate blogging for its substantive content and information.  I don't really care what someone ate for dinner or how many Farmville acres they own. 

Posted by Francine Viola, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 6 years ago

I just see a system that does show favorites! When one side has more opportunities, just the one side plays! I know one thing, 408 blogs 0 features! I guess I'm not what gets featured, sort of one sided? 

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 6 years ago

Paula I do think most of us are beyond busy, like we always used to be and trying to fit in all the other countless sites  is just not cutting the mustard.  I focus on AR as this is the community with spirit, transparency and so many amazing, smart and dedicated professionals.


Featured in BananaTude 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 6 years ago

Francine: you put it so well! ..and that is what will happen eventually to all the time-wasters out there who think they are applying "brilliance" to the world, when in actuality they are filling a big void---empty time on their hands. So they are basically filling a time slot that will quickly become a big fat nothing because they are too busy to bother! Just think of all those people you have met in your life that were rambling on and on about themselves because they had nothing else to do and because the people who listened had nothing better to do either! Ha! (as Lenn would say!)

Jon:...if you are writing heartfelt, good content about things you are passionate about---those get featured! If I were you, I would pick an absolutely outrageous topic, something that you have a strong opinion about and write about it! Try for a real estate issue that you have had it with, or something in your business that drives you nuts!!! Put it out there and make sure it gets out there at a good time: 7:00Am is good and so is 9:00 at night--try to catch 'em when they are on the site and you will get read and maybe even featured!!! Check the blog roll and notice when all those posts about nothing are running: blah, blah,blah and on and on about things you don't care about--listings for instance...and avoid publishing anything at those times---try to get in the thick of it and comment your brains out because sometimes that's where the best ideas spring forth from...Good luck!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Anna Banana!! Thanks for the feature--you are a doll! I get your heartfelt statement about the lack of time and what you "drop" when you don't have time---that's what I am doing. I get huge numbers of people begging me to connect on LinkedIn and I just don't have the time to log on--go away from my work to connect with someone who says they worked with me when they never did!!! Besides, I love ActiveRain and I am here for the duration!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Paula~ Great advice, I will take it and try and do better! I hope it's ok seeing things differently! I was going over some of the members with very nice ratios???  blog to features.......Something is one sided in their! I won't try and figure why that is I just see it.

The one thing I'm cautious of, earning it! Earning it is important for so many reasons. The biggest; I would NEVER want my blog to take one that's more qualified! The only thing??? Do you see some of the features making it???? Some of the FEATURES I've seen get pushed???; make any blog I've ever seen deserving...IMO only

I want to make it very clear I like the competition and the drive it gives me.....That's the real beauty in it for me, I have gotten so much better blogging and that's what I hold dear and how I feel about my beloved AR...

I think AR is the best space on the web to learn great things about Real Estate and it's perfect to establish great friendships! 

It will never be my place and it is not my business to place the features with members, I'm sure it's very difficult and I would hate that job..It's my job getting better and growing in the RAIN....WOW, I really must have needed to get that out or something!


Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 6 years ago

Paula - My posts and comments have been cut back because I am running as fast as I can with real estate.  It's all good:)

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Pearland/Friendswood (Realty Associates) over 6 years ago

Paula-I hope you are right. There is way too much quantity in our lives collectively, and not enough quality. Now that the economy is turning, people all across the board are going to have less time on their hands, and will need to get things done, quicker. I also hope AR considers the suggestions of many from Kerrie and RIchards' posts about separating out content more.

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) over 6 years ago

I rarely go to Fb unless someone posts to our family group.  I do like Google+ and post my AR blogs and spend time on it with AR buds; however, IMHO comments are down on AR because of the platform bugs that do not seem to have been solved over the last few months....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

Jon: You are so on target and you need to really be out there with your opinions at the right times--that is crucial! In order to get the right feeback from people you need to be "out there"and comment until you don't think you can write anymore..those ar the things that get attention paid to your good content---and mayba  feature too!

Pam; Tha is exactly what I am finding busy right now and hoping it all pays off...

Marie: I do too--that will save so much time for those of us who don't have much! I wad through the posts that have a glimmer of a thread that I am interested in and then I find out it is rather limitied in usable content---nothing to coment about really! Then there are those who put great content out there alot and those are the ones that I pay attention to!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Wallace: Hummm--I like Google Plus too but it seems to be a duplicate for me so if I have time to blog I do it here---I have a problem with copyng post that I wrote here and then pasting them on Google Plus---seems their algorithyms(sp) are set up to punish you for copying and pasting anything and I don't have time to do one blog much less two!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Paula, My blogging and commenting on ActiveRain and elsewhere has been cut back dramatically due to time constraints.  It's a good problem to be productively busy, but a social media community like AR does need consistently good blogs and insightful comments to attract visitors and grow.

Posted by Rick Obst over 6 years ago

Rick; I agree---so lets try to do that! :) I am finding the best time to do it is first thing in the morning and again late at night if I am still up.. I try to get a few comments in but no where near what I used to do! I used to get at least the ten comments we are allowed and many times many more than that. II wonder how AR views this lull?

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Preach on!  There are just not enough hours in the day to do it all.  Those who claim to be on every site everyday must not be that busy in their business.  I barely have time for AR these days but feel it important enough to do my best to stay active. 

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 6 years ago

Paula: I agree; there are not eneough hours in the day to get the work done that has to get done...much less chit-chat on FB or Twitter. It appears rght now that those two are more important for the Politicians thatn for us mere mortals!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago
Ridiculous quest there. What happened after? Thanks!
Posted by Omegavs about 6 years ago