Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Global Social Media Epidemic

Lets face it, Social Networking use to mean getting together at a local event to meet and greet others, exchange information and business cards, and even rub elbows with influential people that you could build deep and meaningful relationships with that could impact your business or personal lives.

Today it’s a quick text message or response, an email auto-reply, a quick Tweet or Facebook post, and 90 seconds of watching a quick video on your mobile device.  How connected are we really to others?  It seems we’re more connected to the devices, the technology, and the social networking tools than we are people?

There is a Social Media Epidemic and many are feeling the effects
of Social Site overload.  I think “more social and less media” is the auto-correct for this dilemma.  It may be too little and too late to suggest that social media could be causing a great anti-social movement or (IRL as they say online) in-person epidemic of huge proportions.

Where is all this going?  How much time do you really spend connected to your device and computer versus your friends, family, and children?  Do you know others who seem to have a lack of balance and issues with their jobs and personal lives?  Are we a society, a species, and world in denial?  When and How does it end?

“If there were no electricity, no batteries, no power, no technology, what would you do?

I’m just like you, looking for answers, unsure of the questions, convinced there’s an issue, confused from it all, but confident that we’ll find our way!  Is there a future that will best serve our own needs and desires and us as people without feeling the pressures of this global movement and obvious epidemic?

Take a break and step back.  Ask yourself this question?  If it all went away tomorrow, would you be better off and would your life be more fulfilling and enjoyable than it is currently?  Would you have more time to spend with others creating memories and more meaningful and lasting relationships?

There’s really no right or wrong answer here
, just an awareness and personal assessment of your time, your life, and what’s really important to you at the end of the day.  This post is dedicated to ALL my dearest friends who ponder these questions daily and silently as they spend their time and lives online without truly seeking the answers and finding the balance in life that I hope this post will help deliver to them.

Pretty deep I know, but worth taking the time to ponder….

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Backup Facebook for Timeline

Facebook is going to transition all users and pages to Facebook timelines today!

My personal recommendation is that you backup all your content on your profile and all your business and fan pages.  When I transitioned to the new timeline format as one of their early adopters, just over 1000 of my personal friends were lost in the transition.

NOTE: To date, Facebook has been unable to help me restore those long and now lost friends on their site.  I may not be able to get mine back immediately, but this may help you and be useful if the same thing happens to you today during the switch over.

How to Backup Your Facebook Content and Data

1. Go to your profile on Facebook (make sure you’re logged in)

2. Click on the “options arrow” located next to your username and the home button

Select the “Account Settings” link

4. Click on the Download A Copy” link in the lower left corner.

Download times may vary depending how long you’ve been on Facebook and how much content you’ve put up on your profile or pages. Be patient.  Then be sure to store this file in a safe place.

Facebook will notify you via email when your created archive is completed.

7. You will need to save the file Facebook creates to your computer hard-dirve.

8. This is what gets backed-up following this procedure:

Good luck, I hope your timeline transition goes smoothly today, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the most important commodity we have on this earth…  Our Friends!!

How To Blog Real Estate Listings

Are you posting your clients listings on a Blog or Website?

How are you keeping it updated and current?  What happens to that post when the home is sold?  Does your post still show up in the SERPS? (Search Engine Results Page)  If so, how useful is that post to a consumer or potential prospect and client?  Thousands of properties are marketed on websites and blogs every day, but are agents maximizing the potential of these “Homes For Sale” articles and Listing posts?

There was a time way back when that I believed creating a single property blog post or page for a listing on your website was a great idea.  Today, I have a different opinion about how to “BLOG” about listings and your clients properties.  Take just a moment to ponder this concept…

To give a blog post some shelf life, and keep it alive for years to come, agents should blog about the neighborhood and community instead, and then just include the listing as part of their topic and post. This way when the home sells or gets taken off the market, the hyper-local information is still useful to consumers when found during a search, and doesn’t render your post useless just because that home is no longer available.  Also, consider adding an IDX link or plugin to search for homes, or a Real Estate Widget that continues to bring value to that article.

This technique is working great for many hyper-local real estate bloggers. Providing blog posts with a longer shelf life has been proven to bring much greater value to both the reader and the author. Consider the possibilities of creating neighborhood and community posts over just listing posts.  If you’re hesitant,  just read what some other agents all across the country are saying about this idea.