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International trouble brewing…

Tensions this high haven’t been seen since the Cuban missle crisis and people on all sides are scrambling to find an amicable resolution. At 1:09 am CST on November 26, 2008, notified both Benn Rosales, founder of and Lani Rosales, New Media Director of that CEO Jonathan Washburn was no longer following either on microblogging service was unavailable for comment, but has sent in Condoleeza Rice on their behalf, stay tuned as the international crisis mounts, updates will be given in comments.

Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Jay Thompson

    November 26, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Huh. Must be some sort of international conspiracy as Jonathan stopped following me on Twitter too!

  2. Chris Shouse

    November 26, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I got quitted too!!!! Looked over on @JonWashburns twitter stream. Said he was trimming him twitter and he was ready to give twitter a try again! WHAT?

  3. Monika

    November 26, 2008 at 9:51 am

    He stopped following me too…guess I’m in good company.

  4. Jim Reppond

    November 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

    He stopped following me too last night at about 10:30pm. It was shortly after I published a favorable blog of Dwellicious, mentioning Benn’s great review.

    Do you think it could be Dwellicious-envy?


  5. Mike Mueller

    November 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I looked at who he was following and they all seem to be Soccer Moms. How strange is that?

  6. Matt Kelly

    November 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Some dialogue needs to be established immediately between all of these fine organizations. No pre-conditions, just start talking it out.

    I think Jay and Chris need to establish some dialogue with Jon as well.

    Therefore my suggestion would be to video poke Jon on Facebook and see if you all can establish a discussion.

    Hope that helps end this potentially tragic crisis.


  7. The Harriman Team

    November 26, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Ha! He didn’t unfollow US…he just never…followed us…at all.

  8. JustinLoans

    November 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Oh Snap 🙂

  9. Chris Griffith

    November 26, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I don’t think anyone is following me at this point. 😉

  10. Chris Shouse

    November 26, 2008 at 10:52 am

    @mattkelly maybe we could get @ResPres to poke for us since he knows how to start POKE WARS what do you think Jay?

  11. Ines

    November 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

    He stopped following me too! Maybe it’s a conspiracy – although @respres thought it may be the mojitos.

  12. realestatechick

    November 26, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I didn’t get un-followed…but then again…I was never followed in the first place. Is that because I didn’t have “soccer mom” in my profile?


  13. Jason Sandquist

    November 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    this is madness! I got the qwit as well

  14. Matt Kelly

    November 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Chris, I think that is an exceptional idea!

  15. Teresa Boardman

    November 26, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I once heard Jonathan Washburn say he thinks Benn is funny looking.

  16. Mary Pope-Handy

    November 26, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Ghosts are following me. Weird.

  17. Nick Bostic

    November 26, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Mark me down as well. Maybe he’s “punishing” everyone who has ever had their name appear on AG.

  18. Teresa Boardman

    November 26, 2008 at 11:25 am

    He is still following me.

  19. Jonathan Washburn

    November 26, 2008 at 11:27 am


    It’s true, I have it out for The Ag. The movement has gotten to big and it needs to be squashed now.

    Everyone here better watch out or the great facebook unfriending will be next.

  20. Jay Thompson

    November 26, 2008 at 11:50 am

    “He is still following me.”

    Uhm, apparently not T.

    JW – whaz up? You re-follow some but not me? I’m crushed. 😉 Despite the squashing, I’m still a JW fan.

  21. Paula Henry

    November 26, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I’m not even sure if I have qwitter, but I was never followed or unfollowed, so hey, I guess I’m still in the same position I was.

  22. Paula Henry

    November 26, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Jonathan – One questions, if Ag is too big and Facebook is next, what will you do about Active Rain?

  23. Dale Chumbley

    November 26, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    At least some of you were being followed by Mr. Washburn. I couldn’t even get dumped… ;?)

  24. Steve Simon

    November 26, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Benn is Funny looking:)

  25. CTannStarr

    November 26, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my word… I have no idea who is following me besides Club Chaos. I’m too busy following other people (LMAO). Does this mean I have to go look now? I’m almost afraid… I love AG and AR. I’m gonna grow old with you people. Seriously! 😉

  26. CTannStarr

    November 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    BTW, I would follow Lani, Poppy D, Melodious and Chris Elizabeth almost anywhere. 😀

  27. Matt Stigliano

    November 26, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Unfollow me…I dare you. It’ll be the biggest regret in your life. Oh wait, you can’t regret it if you can’t do it. I dare all of you to unfollow me! That’s right, I can take it.

    (Please don’t.)

  28. Steve Belt

    November 26, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I realize everyone’s trying to have fun here, but isn’t broadcasting unfollows rather poor netiquette?

  29. Todd Carpenter

    November 26, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I got quited by JW. So it must be a Lenderama thing as well. To be honest, until I saw the Quitter email, I forgot JW was even on twitter.

    Anyway, I quit back, didn’t send any envoys, and moved on. Unfollowing @tcar and @laniar is a serious twitterati fail that’s not worth reconciling.

  30. Benn Rosales

    November 26, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Steve, nah… it’s just a holiday

  31. Mike Farmer

    November 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I’m being followed, but I’m not sure who it is. Does Washburn wear a trenchcoat?

  32. Ines

    November 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Check it out! Jonathan is now following….hmmmm….I wonder if I should reciprocate?

  33. Maureen Francis

    November 26, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I got unfollowed too. Then I went and unsubscribed from my localism communities and sent a message on twitter to @jonwashburn, which he will never see. Not really being that petty about the unfollow. Had already planned to drop the communities, but his unfollow reminded me to take care of that.

  34. Kent Shaffer

    November 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm


  35. Poppy Dinsey

    November 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    I was never unfollowed…hah!

  36. Matthew Rathbun

    November 26, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    nice post

  37. San Diego Flat fee mls

    November 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    who the heck is Jonathon Washburn?

  38. Danilo Bogdanovic

    November 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Think he’s just trying to see who would notice 😉

    And Teresa and Ines must be double-agents since they weren’t “unfollowed”

  39. Ines

    November 26, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Danilo – no no….I was “unfollowed” but then I was “followed” – who knows what Jonathan was thinking.


  40. Jonathan Washburn

    November 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm


    I had no idea what I was thinking. I am a twitter novice – have some mercy. 😉

    Everytime I try twitter, I end up quitting a few days later cause I get overwhelmed trying to keep up. (I started with twitter before there were twitter aps.) So I figured this time I would try to only follow a few people.

    Although it has been a lot of fun watching all of the reaction today – makes me feel special going into the holiday weekend.

  41. Ines

    November 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    you mean to tell me it wasn’t my mojitos?

  42. CTannStarr

    November 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my word, this really is too funny. (LOL)

  43. Ruthmarie Hicks

    November 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Well….I guess he stopped not following me too. If you can do that….

  44. Ken Brand

    November 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I know who Lani and Benn are, who is Jonathan Washburn?

  45. Toby & Sadie

    November 26, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    OMG! Greatest thing is that I now know about Qwitter.

  46. Jim Gatos

    November 27, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Who cares? Let’s all follow each other and NOT FOLLOW HIM! That’ll show him! YES!

  47. Matt Thomson

    November 27, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I have suspected recently that the blog boom (toss Twitter, Facebook, and other social media in with it) is largely due to the fact that many (not all) of the bloggers aren’t doing a fraction of their usual real estate business anymore, thus they have too much time on their hands, thus the online networking boom.
    After reading this post, I no longer suspect but know that there’s too much idle time for many in the RE industry.

  48. Benn Rosales

    November 27, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Hey Matt, we did have a lot of time on our hands yesterday, and our apologies for upsetting you. Obviously, none of us should ever relax, in fact, we should be so critically uptight that producing diamonds from our asses as some do would be the most productive.

    It’s a Holiday, Matt- Happy Thanksgiving…

  49. Bob

    November 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm


  50. Matt Thomson

    November 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Interesting response Benn. I read and reread my comment, and don’t see anywhere where I said I was upset.
    Hope a lucky lady enjoys the diamond you made her.

  51. Ginger Wilcox

    November 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    JW never unfollowed this genius. (nan-ee-nan-ee-fou-fou) Must be my people greeter skills from the AR party.

  52. Jonathan Dalton

    November 29, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Wait … people still Twitter? I assumed when I stopped others would (un)follow.

  53. Vicki Moore

    November 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve read the four comments after this one “Obviously, none of us should ever relax, in fact, we should be so critically uptight that producing diamonds from our asses as some do would be the most productive.” and I’m still laughing.

  54. Linsey

    December 3, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Damn – I AM a soccer mom and he wasn’t even following me. What an ego blow. I’m going to follow. Will he follow me back?

    Stay tuned…

  55. Bill Gassett

    December 18, 2008 at 11:26 am

    The only thing I know is that I like Soccer Moms.

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers



The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)



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“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS



I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS.  It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:

Booze ‘N’ Fools

“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)

“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)

“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)

“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)

“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)

Puff ‘N’ Stuff

“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)

“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)

“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)

“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)

Proof or Goof

“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper  exploded.)

“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)

“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)

“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)

“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)

And This Week’s Winner Is:

“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)


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My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape

If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…



Keeping organized

I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.

But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.

Not just shelves!

It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.

No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!

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