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Needed: Facebook Geniuses



facebook real estateThe reason that a Genius has such a limited knowledge of affairs outside of his special talent, is because the controlling influence of so much thought on the one subject allows him little or no time in which to develop those, to him, less important thoughts, and consequently his mind gets our of harmony with them, and they either come to him no more, or come only as a discord. All intelligence and knowledge awaits to be used.A. Victor Segno “The Law of Mentalism” 1902

Well, I’m no genius, but I disagree with Victor on the first part while in agreement with him on the last. Of course, you see the first assertion proven daily by those addicted to blogging with so little time left for other affairs (guilty). So, I thought I would reach out to the Facebook geniuses out there.

facebook.gifI spent a couple of hours on Facebook the other other day, and boy do I need help. I’d like a couple of things from you Facebook geniuses:

  • Links to pages where you think a real estate agent is effectively using Facebook.
  • Suggestions on how you are using Facebook and what features you think are best.
  • Any results you have seen, that will spur me on

My interest in Facebook is totally self-serving. I heard a story about a Canadian agent whose last $20 million in sales all came from connections made through Facebook. If I locate her Facebook page, I’ll post it here.

So, let’s hear it for: all intelligence and knowledge awaits to be used. And, I am waiting.

Writer for national real estate opinion column, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.

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  1. Benn Rosales

    October 26, 2007 at 12:02 am

    A successful real estate facebooker has a lot of friends that are not Realtors. They simply have lots of friends in their local circle that are referred by default. Pretty simple. jmo I found just such a 20 something re couple the other night, I’ll see if I can reproduce the results and give you a link.

  2. Lani Anglin

    October 26, 2007 at 4:24 am

    I agree with Benn- it’s the same as any social network- be social and the result is natural referrals. Too many people are guilty of abusing Facebook by placing unnatrual comments on “walls” or sending sales-y messages to “friends.”

    My theory is that if you make friends online (or off for that matter) and they happen to know what you do for a living instead of basing your entire “conversations” on what you do for a living, referrals are the natural result of these friendships.

    If the connections aren’t natural, I believe it will be nothing more than a waste of time. My point: the subject matter will guide your success… talk about your city with people from your city, join groups of people with similar interests and talk about those interests. If you talk about nothing but YOU and YOUR business, the Facebook connection may be lost.

  3. Jay Thompson

    October 26, 2007 at 5:02 am

    Benn and Lani are so smart. Seriously.

    Most of my Facebook friends are agents or at least connected to the industry. But I do have a current client whose preferred method of communication is through Facebook. Not email, phone or text message. Facebook.

    They actually told me, “It’s cool that someone your age is on Facebook.” I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or smack them.

  4. Benn Rosales

    October 26, 2007 at 5:05 am

    haha smack them anyway- but seriously, smack them.

  5. Brian Wilson

    October 26, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Smacking aside, we can learn from Jay’s story. It seems nearly all college kids and 20-somethings are either on facebook or MySpace or both or more. This is a great way to tap into the Generation Y networks, and we will definitely need to sooner or later to stay afloat in real estate 🙂

    Brian Wilson,

  6. Linda Davis

    October 27, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out whether it is good if someone pokes you.

    • Jim Lee

      October 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

      Poke back Linda; it’s good, they’re noticing you and letting you know.

  7. Benn Rosales

    October 28, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Only when no one else is looking linda ;]

  8. Steve Volkers

    October 30, 2007 at 2:03 am

    I have been on facebook marketing myself for 4 months and have not had closed deals from it but have made a lot of friends and connections. I also have seen a big jump in my website hits coming from my facebook profile. So it’s a good addition to my over all internet marketing.

  9. Bonnie Erickson

    October 31, 2007 at 2:20 am

    It’s all about the sheep, the flying sheep! Honestly, I’m no genius and haven’t gotten too involved with the social part of Facebook yet. I find it’s easy to spread my time too thin and not get anything done. The more time I spend there the less time I have to read other’s blogs, to write my own blog posts, to update web pages, etc. I have found, however, that the 20 something crowd is surprised when they find I’m on MySpace and Facebook. Now if I could just get all my kids friends to be my friends, I could sit back and live off the cream of the social network!

  10. Jim Lee

    October 27, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I have a couple of current sellers who love to communicate with me on Facebook; works for me if that’s what they want.

    I’ve also got a couple of listings; not the two mentioned above, as a direct result of sellers finding me on Facebook and deciding I was their guy. Works for me too; I believe in always riding your horse in the direction he’s going.

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Zillow launches real estate brokerage after eons of swearing they wouldn’t

(MEDIA) We’ve warned of this for years, the industry funded it, and Zillow Homes brokerage has launched, and there are serious questions at hand.



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Zillow Homes was announced today, a Zillow licensed brokerage that will be fully operational in 2021 in Phoenix, Tucson, and Atlanta.

Whoa, big huge yawn-inducing shocker, y’all.

We’ve been warning for more than a decade that this was the end game, and the company blackballed us for our screams (and other criticisms, despite praise when merited here and there).

Blog posts were penned in fiery effigy calling naysayers like us stupid and paranoid.

Well color me unsurprised that the clarity of the gameplan was clear as day all along over here, and the paid talking heads sent out to astroturf, gaslight, and threaten us are now all quiet.

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We watched The Social Dilemma – here are some social media tips that stuck with us

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Here are some takeaways from watching Netflix’s The Social Dilemma that helped me to eliminate some social media burnout.



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Last weekend, I made the risky decision to watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix. I knew it was an important thing to watch, but the risk was that I also knew it would wig me out a bit. As much as I’m someone who is active “online,” the concept of social media overwhelms me almost more than it entertains (or enlightens) me.

The constant sharing of information, the accessibility to information, and the endless barrage of notifications are just a few of the ways social media can cause overwhelm. The documentary went in deeper than this surface-level content and got into the nitty gritty of how people behind the scenes use your data and track your usage.

Former employees of high-profile platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, and Pinterest gave their two cents on the dangers of social media from a technological standpoint. Basically, our data isn’t just being tracked to be passed along for newsletters and the like. But rather, humans are seen as products that are manipulated to buy and click all day every day in order to make others money and perpetuate information that has astronomical effects. (I’m not nearly as intelligent as these people, so watch the documentary to get the in-depth look at how all of this operates.)

One of the major elements that stuck with me was the end credits of The Social Dilemma where they asked interviewees about the ways they are working to eliminate social media overwhelm in their own lives. Some of these I’ve implemented myself and can attest to. Here’s a short list of things you can do to keep from burning out online.

  1. Turn off notifications – unless there are things you need to know about immediately (texts, emails, etc.) turn it off. Getting 100 individual notifications within an hour from those who liked your Instagram post will do nothing but burn you (and your battery) out.
  2. Know how to use these technologies to change the conversation and not perpetuate things like “fake news” and clickbait.
  3. Uninstall apps that are wasting your time. If you feel yourself wasting hours per week mindlessly scrolling through Facebook but not actually using it, consider deleting the app and only checking the site from a desktop or Internet browser.
  4. Research and consider using other search tools instead of Google (one interviewee mentioned that Qwant specifically does not collect/store your information the way Google does).
  5. Don’t perpetuate by watching recommended videos on YouTube, those are tailored to try and sway or sell you things. Pick your own content.
  6. Research the many extensions that remove these recommendations and help stop the collection of your data.

At the end of the day, just be mindful of how you’re using social media and what you’re sharing – not just about yourself, but the information you’re passing along from and to others. Do your part to make sure what you are sharing is accurate and useful in this conversation.

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WeChat ban blocked by California judge, but for how long?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) WeChat is protected by First Amendment concerns for now, but it’s unclear how long the app will remain as pressure mounts.



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WeChat barely avoided a US ban after a Californian judge stepped in to temporarily block President Trump’s executive order. Judge Laurel Beeler cited the effects of the ban on US-based WeChat users and how it threatened the First Amendment rights of those users.

“The plaintiffs’ evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat,” Beeler wrote.

WeChat is a Chinese instant messaging and social media/mobile transaction app with over 1 billion active monthly users. The WeChat Alliance, a group of users who filed the lawsuit in August, pointed out that the ban unfairly targets Chinese-Americans as it’s the primary app used by the demographic to communicate with loved ones, engage in political discussions, and receive news.

The app, along with TikTok, has come under fire as a means for China to collect data on its users. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated, “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

This example is yet another symptom of our ever-globalizing society where we are learning to navigate between connectivity and privacy. The plaintiffs also pointed out alternatives to an outright ban. One example cited was in Australia, where WeChat is now banned from government officials’ phones but not others.

Beeler has said that the range in alternatives to preserving national security affected her decision to strike down the ban. She also explained that in regards to dealing with national security, there is “scant little evidence that (the Commerce Department’s) effective ban of WeChat for all US users addresses those concerns.”

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