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SOB Award woohoo!

While NAR boasts 1.4 million(ish) members, the real estate blog scene can boast far fewer while the national real estate blog scene can boast even less. Even less in numbers are the real estate bloggers actively engaged in social media networking. By social networking, I don’t mean signing up for Facebook and Twitter and waiting for flies to come to the pretend honey, I mean people microblogging and engaging outside of blogs every day. Those people are few and far between.

One of the results of the tireless efforts of nearly every contributor at AgentGenius actively involved in social media is that we are becoming widely recognized outside of the real estate scene. For example, this week, Agent Genius was named the coveted “Successful Outstanding Blog Award” or SOB for short! Many industry professionals will recognize this award, which is a seal of approval from one of the greatest social media experts online.

Social Media and the forward momentum of technology have been an integral part of the conversation here at AG and we are proud to be recognized as part of the larger conversation online- congratulations go to the contributors and commentators! Thank you all!

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. Larry Yatkowsky

    February 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Kudo’s to you both for the hard work being for being SOB’s. The others are included in this as well.

    It’s a lot of work to run this. Thanks! It’s appreciated.

  2. Louisville KY real estate

    February 24, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    That’s awesome! Give yourselves a big pat on the back! 🙂

  3. Michelle De

    February 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Too Cool! Congratulations, and I have now reached the point that I cannot do without my daily fix of AG!

  4. JB

    February 24, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    A huge feather for your cap.

  5. Daniel Rothamel

    February 24, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    An SOB for the SOB’s. Pretty cool.

    Okay, perhaps that will be the end of the SOB jokes, but I doubt it. 🙂

  6. Liz Strauss

    February 24, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Successful and outstanding because you know that it’s about being helpful not hypeful and community. Look around at the folks here who are enjoying the fun. I was only acknowledging what’s already going on. 🙂

  7. Brian Brady

    February 24, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Nice work, Genii

  8. Benn Rosales

    February 24, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    Geeze this kid of ours is growing up. Liz Strauss, and Seth Godin commenting in the same week, not to mention input from Robert Clough- wow, head spin from all the star gazing. To all- thank you.

    For those who say “we’re just another ……” We define who and what we are, not the crowd, but it’s damn nice when the crowd applauds, thanks again…

  9. Ines

    February 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I love being an SOB! 🙂 …..and here Daniel thought the jokes were done!

  10. Benjamin Bach

    February 25, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Liz, your annual SOBcon is coming up soon too – would you be so kind to share some details with our community here ?

  11. Matthew Rathbun

    February 25, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Don’t get too giddy…. I’ve yet to meet a Realtor who hasn’t been called an SOB… 🙂

    Just kidding (mostly) this is a fantastic blog and the first one that I recommend to everyone! Where I’ve recently went on a rampage and deleted many other so-called industry blogs, I’ve actually changed the name in my reader to ensure that this one comes up first in the morning. You folks do a great job!

    I know that the is a small fraction of the Realtor community and I am not so sure that’s a bad thing. I know that NAR has taken more interest in the than any other sub-category of membership. Recently NAR has met with and sent representatives to groups to get feedback. Those few of us involved with healthy interactions on-line are getting the attention of NAR and may be influencing them more positively than any other venue right now.

    Keep up the incredible work!

  12. Vicki Moore

    February 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Awesome! Congrats Benn & Lani – all of that hard work is paying off. And congrats to the contributors! We’re SOB’s by association.

  13. Flat Fee MLS

    May 28, 2008 at 10:35 am

    That’s awesome! Give yourselves a big pat on the back!

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The “(unofficial) Top 50 Tweeple” has a very familar name (or two). . .



I don’t know if you’ve ever read the blog, “Stuff White People Like,” but you should.  I have the book, and it makes for great bathroom reading.  I wish I had thought of it.

I have, however, thought of an entry for “Stuff White People Like.”  I am going to call it “#347:  Lists of the Top ‘x’ of something”

Man, “Top” lists are popular.  It seems like every magazine has one (People’s is probably most famous).  Sportscenter has one at the end of the show every day.  Entire college alumni groups wait every week in anticipation of seeing their school in one (or two).  “Top” lists are popular everywhere, and the Internet is no exception.

That’s why I wasn’t surprised to come across the “Unofficial 2008 Top 50 Tweeples to Follow.”  This latest edition to the pantheon of “top” lists gives us the 50 people on Twitter who we should all be following.  In scanning the list, I noticed that I already follow most of them, so I guess that’s good.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find a VERY familiar twit-wit on the list– our very own @LaniAR.  I have always enjoyed following Lani on Twitter, and I know that my wife and mother-in-law do, too.

Ok, so now the list had my attention.  If Lani’s on it, then the list must be totally valid.  I took a closer look at the list, and recognized yet another familiar name, none other than @realestatechick.  How cool is that?  Real estate folks are very active in the Twitterverse, and it was good to see real estate so well represented.

Take a look at the list, and make sure you’re following the folks on there.  And as always, don’t be afraid to leave your Twitter name in the comments, we wouldn’t to miss any of the fine folks who comment here at AG.  Maybe I need to make a list of them. . .

Which reminds me, Stuff White People Like #348 should be: “Seeing their names on “Top ‘x’ lists”


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A World Champion



A World Champion

He Made History

In the 112 years the Olympics have taken place, Michael Phelps was the first person to ever win 8 gold medals in a single Olympics.  The crowd went wild when he won the 8th but nothing was more remarkable than his 7th win.  He won that one by one one-hundredth of a second.  To me, it looked like the other guy (he has a name but isn’t it interesting from a marketing perspective how it doesn’t just roll off the tongue?), Milorad Cavic actually won.  1/100th of a second difference took 1st place.  That was the difference between Gold and Silver.  The difference between 1st place and last place wasn’t even that great.   Even the slowest guy is a world-class athlete.  So, just a little bit can make a huge difference.

What I found most fascinating was Michael Phelps’ decision prior to the event to win 8 Gold Medals.  He made no secret of the fact that he wanted to do exactly that.  And that is exactly what he did.  It would have been easy to mock him with, “That’s impossible!” prior to the event.  To most people it would have seemed impossible too – just like the goals and dreams they have for themselves.  Why that is just out of reach.  A pipe dream.  There is an aspect of what he did (his 7th Gold Medal) that to me beautifully illustrates the Power of a Decision. 

When a person really decides on something, really decides and strips off all of the “maybe” – with just that clean simple, exact postulate to do “that”, it seems as though the physical universe shifts around as needed so as to be in alignment with that postulate.

In the mind, “maybe” is “yes” and “no” fused together.  It is common for a person to have conflicts with regard to what they hope to accomplish.  All of the counter-intention (thoughts that oppose your goals) that a person carries around causes dispersal: where the person will attempt to go in different directions at the same time.  They “do want” and “don’t want” the same goal at the same time.  Every single unresolved problem a person ever had or has – has a “maybe” (yes and no combined) sitting at the base of that problem.  Get rid of the maybe and you just “solved” the problem. 

What is it you secretly dream about doing?  If you knew you would succeed what great thing would you attempt?

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Did you notice?



Google Pake Rank 5

Agent Genius is a PR-5 site!!!I wanted to write a quick post to Congratulate all of the Agent Genius Contributors for what you have achieved in such a short time.

I know Benn and Lani would not be the type to pat themselves on the back, so why not do it for them?

For a blog that was only born 6 months ago, this is HUGE!!

So go ahead and Congratulate yourselves for all your hard work – I will be doing my famous Cabbage Patch, you are welcome to join in.

Thanks Benn and Lani for putting together such an amazing and well-rounded group of professionals!

(oh! and for those of you that went up in Page Rank with your own blogs with this last Google update, especially real estate sites, congrats!! not an easy thing to do)

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