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Social Media Seeks to be National MLS Built by Independent Brokers




Independent Brokers, take a look

Want to compete with the big boys? PropertyMaps is by and for independent Brokers across the country seeking to be America’s most complete property search portal- a National MLS.

Their goals are to pull together Independent Brokers and network them, giving Independents the opportunity to compete on a national scale.  Unlike MLS Circumventors, brokers are partners and capture and manage their own leads in house, there is no middle man- PropertyMaps is simply your outsourced front and back end developer, and because the feed is Broker direct, they’re using ILD feeds rather than IDX allowing consumers to see the most complete listing possible.

PropertyMaps seeks to be the one stop shop for the Independent as they’re your CRM, IDX, mini-maps, media, consumer to agent chat, community data, and Lead Generation all in one saving you money.

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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network for tech and entrepreneurs, proudly celebrating 10 years in publishing, recently ranked as the #5 startup in Austin. Before founding AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation and also acquired several other firms. His resume prior includes roles at Apple and Kroger Foods, specializing in marketing, communications, and technology integration. He is a recipient of the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), has built partnerships and bridges between tech recruiters and the best tech talent in the industry, and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular monthly networking events. Benn does not venture into the spotlight often, rather believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits, develops, and gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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  1. Ben Miller

    July 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Good thought but I don’t see these guys surviving a Google onslaught. Their best bet is to get as many people registered as possible and cross their fingers for a Google acquisition. I do agree with them that the MLS model is on the way out and they will be forced to change or die on the vine.

  2. Benn Rosales

    July 9, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Ben, I know what you’re saying, but when we’re talking about ILD versus IDX the real beauty comes- it’s the entire listing in most cases, complete data with combined community data, and a strength in numbers goal, it’s leaps ahead of anything you’ll get with a g-map if independent brokers were to really get behind it.

  3. Ben Miller

    July 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with everything you are saying, but I believe that this strength in numbers will take place for free on Google and not with a cost on PropertyMap.

    To be honest I am not too familiar with ILD. Can you provide any examples of ILD versus IDX to educate me? What percentage of residential buyers do you think dial down into that much detail?

  4. Benn Rosales

    July 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hey Ben, I’m certainly not trying to sell this to anyone, but so you know exactly what I know, they speak to exactly what ILD is and show a comparative chart for traffic results:

  5. Benn Rosales

    July 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    oops hit submit to quickly, there’s a vid at the bottom, I think its around minute 5 or 6

  6. M Realty

    July 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Very interesting idea, though it would not be very useful unless lots of people signed up. I wonder if it integrates with anyone or any software at this point in time. When are we going to get a unified MLS standard that someone actually sticks to?

  7. Fred Romano

    July 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Isn’t this the same thing Realseekr tried to do and has yet to accomplish? They can’t get their act together.

    Do we really need a national MLS? We already have right. That’s a close as it’s gotten, but we need to take it back and stop charging agents to get their own leads for their own listings!!! We need to improve that site and take it into the social future (like Trulia is doing).

    It costs from $32 to $55 per listing to showcase… Just disgusting. Let’s take back!!!!

  8. Ben Miller

    July 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the link, Benn. I think this is a very interesting and almost inevitable development, and I was just trying to further the discussion (not refute anything you wrote). PropertyMaps is certainly a big player in this and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  9. Joe Loomer

    July 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Don’t think they stand a chance. If you compare and on – you’re looking at over seven million visitors last month vs. just over nineteen thousand. How are they going to climb that mountain?

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  10. Joe Loomer

    July 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Ben & Benn,

    I think this is a novel idea that does not stand a chance of succeeding.

    If you plug both domain names in to to see how they match up, you’re looking at getting over seven million visitors per month vs. propertymaps’ nineteen thousand. That’s a huge mountain to climb.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  11. Peter Greer

    July 12, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    They are missing the point of an MLS. MLSs provide agents with a medium for which to market thier properties and also to find properties for buyers. It has nothing to do with large and small brokerage. Most MLSs have provitions for IDX and now with the DOJ and NAR agreement VOWs (virtual web sites) are starting to open up. There is no advantage to the average agent in this concept with the exception of giving them one more web site to increase exposure. My independent compamny already exposes listings to over a hundred sites.

  12. Ben Miller

    July 13, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Peter,
    You are starting to get at the heart of what I was saying. MLS provides agents with a medium… for a fee. Google can come in and provide a unified, national medium for FREE, and more importantly, they have the brand and market share to make it work. At least that is where the signs are pointing at this point. My point was that it will be hard for someone like PropertyMaps to compete with that let alone MLS. Joe’s point reinforces that. This won’t affect someone like They can just port the listings hosted by Google along with MLS until the winner emerges. I’m putting my money on Google.

  13. Ryan

    July 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Upon reading this I grew interested in PropertyMaps – which I’d never heard of. Went to their site to check them out. They boast a really bitching (sounding) CRM product.

    I called to learn more and the company phone number has been disconnected. Further digging …. I went to their Press Release section – and their most recent was June 2008-ish – whoa. So I call the PR contact but her number has been ‘changed’. I call the new number and someone promptly disconnects the call immediately after answering! I call back and suddenly I’m talking to the PR person. Yippee! Happy ending? Not really. I’m very curtly informed there has been a change in ownership. I need to email my request to her – at her Gmail account!

    “But,” I protest. “I don’t really have a request. I want to learn more about your CRM product.”

    🙂 Just thought I’d share my funny story!


  14. Ben Miller

    July 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Can I double down my Google bet??? Thanks for sharing Ryan

  15. Ryan

    July 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Still waiting for a PropertyMaps callback, sigh. Assuming they are toast.

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(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media is trending toward the subscription based model, especially as the pandemic pushes ad revenue down. What does this mean for Twitter users?



Twitter and other social media apps open on a phone being held in a hand. Will they go to a paid option subscription model?

In an attempt to become less dependent on advertising, Twitter Inc. announced that it will be considering developing a subscription product, as well as other paid options. Here’s the scoop:

  • The ideas for paid Twitter that are being tossed around include tipping creators, the ability to pay users you follow for exclusive content, charging for use of the TweetDeck, features like “undo send”, and profile customization options and more.
  • While Twitter has thought about moving towards paid for years, the pandemic has pushed them to do it – plus activist investors want to see accelerated growth.
  • The majority of Twitter’s revenue comes from targeted ads, though Twitter’s ad market is significantly smaller than Facebook and other competitors.
  • The platform’s user base in the U.S. is its most valuable market, and that market is plateauing – essentially, Twitter can’t depend on new American users joining to make money anymore.
  • The company tried user “tips” in the past with its live video service Periscope (RIP), which has now become a popular business model for other companies – and which we will most likely see again with paid Twitter.
  • And yes, they will ALWAYS take a cut of any money being poured into the app, no matter who it’s intended for.

This announcement comes at a time where other social media platforms, such as TikTok and Clubhouse, are also moving towards paid options.

My hot take: Is it important – especially during a pandemic – to make sure that creators are receiving fair compensation for the content that we as users consume? Yes, 100%. Pay people for their work. And in the realm of social media, pictures, memes, and opinions are in fact work. Don’t get it twisted.

Does this shift also symbolize a deviation from the unpaid, egalitarian social media that we’ve all learned to use, consume, and love over the last decade? It sure does.

My irritation stems not from the fact that creators will probably see more return on their work in the future. Or on the principal of free social media for all. It stems from sheer greediness of the social media giants. Facebook, Twitter, and their counterparts are already filthy rich. Like, dumb rich. And guess what: Even though Twitter has been free so far, it’s creators and users alike that have been generating wealth for the company.

So why do they want even more now?

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TikTok enters the e-commerce space, ready to compete with Zuckerberg?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Setting up social media for e-commerce isn’t an uncommon practice, but for TikTok this means the next step competing with Facebook and Instagram.



Couple taking video with mobile phone, prepared for e-commerce.

Adding e-commerce offerings to social media platforms isn’t anything new. However, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, is rolling out some new e-commerce features that will place the social video app in direct competition with Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram.

According to a Financial Times report, TikTok’s new features will allow the platform to create and expand its e-commerce service in the U.S. The new features will allow TikTok’s popular users to monetize their content. These users will be able to promote and sell products by sharing product links in their content. In return, TikTok will profit from the sales by earning a commission.

Among the features included is “live-streamed” shopping. In this mobile phone shopping channel, users can purchase products by tapping on products during a user’s live demo. Also, TikTok plans on releasing a feature that will allow brands to display their product catalogs.

Currently, Facebook has expanded into the e-commerce space through its Facebook Marketplace. In May 2020, it launched Facebook Shops that allows businesses to turn their Facebook and Instagram stories into online stores.

But, Facebook hasn’t had too much luck in keeping up with the video platform in other areas. In 2018, the social media giant launched Lasso, its short-form video app. But the company’s TikTok clone didn’t last too long. Last year, Facebook said bye-bye to Lasso and shut it down.

Instagram is trying to compete with TikTok by launching Instagram Reels. This feature allows users to share short videos just like TikTok, but the future of Reels isn’t set in stone yet. By the looks of it, videos on Reels are mainly reposts of video content posted on TikTok.

There is no word on when the features will roll out to influencers on TikTok, but according to the Financial Times report, the social media app’s new features have already been viewed by some people.

TikTok has a large audience that continues to grow. By providing monetization tools in its platform, TikTok believes its new tools will put it ahead of Facebook in the e-commerce game, and help maintain that audience.

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Your favorite Clubhouse creators can now ask for your financial support

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Clubhouse just secured new funding – what it means for creators and users of the latest quarantine-based social media darling.



Woman talking on Clubhouse on her iPhone with a big smile.

Clubhouse – the live-voice chat app that has been taking the quarantined world by storm – has recently announced that it has raised new funding in a Series B round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

The app confirms that new funding means compensation for creators; much like the influencers on TikTok and YouTube, now Clubhouse creators will be able to utilize features such as subscriptions, tipping, and ticket sales to monetize their content.

To encourage emerging Clubhouse creators and invite new voices, funding round will also support a promising “Creator Grant Program”.

On the surface, Clubhouse is undoubtedly cool. The invite-only, celebrity-filled niche chatrooms feel utopic for any opinionated individual – or anyone that just likes to listen. At its best, Clubhouse brings to mind collaborative campfire chats, heated lecture-hall debates or informative PD sessions. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m actually obsessed.

And now with its new round, the video chatroom app will not only appear cool but also act as a helpful steppingstone to popular and emerging creators alike. “Creators are the lifeblood of Clubhouse,” said Paul & Rohan, the app’s creators, “and we want to make sure that all of the amazing people who host conversations for others are getting recognized for their contributions.”

Helping creators get paid for their labor in 2021 is a cause that we should 100% get behind, especially if we’re consuming their content.

Over the next few months, Clubhouse will be prototyping their tipping, tickets and subscriptions – think a system akin to Patreon, but built directly into the app.

A feature unique to the app – tickets – will offer individuals and organizations the chance to hold formal discussions and events while charging an admission. Elite Clubhouse rooms? I wonder if I can get a Clubhouse press pass.

Additionally, Clubhouse has announced plans for Android development (the app has only been available to Apple users so far). They are also working on moderation policies after a recent controversial chat sparked uproar. To date, the app has been relying heavily on community moderation, the power of which I’ve witnessed countless times whilst in rooms.

So: Is the golden age of Clubhouse – only possible for a short period while everyone was stuck at home and before the app gained real mainstream traction – now over? Or will this new round of funding and subsequent development give the app a new beginning?

For now, I think it’s safe to say that the culture of Clubhouse will certainly be changing – what we don’t know is if the changes will make this cream-of-the-crop app even better, or if it’ll join the ranks of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in being another big-time social media staple.

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