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Adding Social Media Buttons and Icons – Pushing Your Buttons

Social Media Buttons and Icons – Is Someone Pushing Your Buttons?

During these past few weeks, since adding the “Signature” option to ActiveRain posts, I’ve received so many requests, calls, and emails regarding how to add “Social Media Buttons and Icons” to the footers of Blog Posts.  You’ve probably seen many of the various types and styles other members are using on their Blogs which poses the question, “Where Are They Getting These?” Here’s some sites I’ve found that offer you these custom buttons for FREE.  This includes for personal and commercial use according to their terms and guidelines.

Here are some Links to Literally Thousands of Buttons and Icons:

 

 

Instructions For Adding Buttons and Icons to the Signature or Footer of Posts:

Once you’ve downloaded the Social Media Buttons or Icons of your choice, you can add them to your AR Signature Page (including the appropriate links) by going to your “My Home” page on AR, then select the “Settings” link on the left hand sidebar.  Just upload the button or icon into the “Signature” section of the page, add the appropriate link to your image, then click “update” to save. That’s it!

One tip I would suggest is to be careful which Icons you select for some of the Social Networking Sites. If the Icon or Button isn’t a familiar looking one, then visitors might be less likely to click on it.  For example, the cow face, what Social Network or site does that one belong to?  Maybe visitors would click on it just to find out? (LOL~)  With all these Buttons and Icon styles available, one thing for certain is that your signature can be unique.  So have FUN!!

This should give you plenty of options and creative ways to stand out from the rest of the crowd. 🙂

Social Media Buttons and Icons“The Buttons You Want People To Push!”

32 Tweeter Twitter Tips

Do you use Twitter?If so, how? If not, why? Do you even need to be on Twitter? Since the birth of the site, these are age old questions that have been and will continually be asked regarding the popular micro-blogging social network. Millions are on Twitter, but how many use it effectively?

The following tips may very well helpto save you time, money, and frustration if you’re considering diving into the twitter-sphere as so many other business owners have. The following tips were given to a tweeter when they asked for advice on “How To Use Twitter” with the best tips their twitter friends/followers could offer? This is yet another great way to use twitter.

If that’s not enough, here’s another 140 Twitter Tips:

Do you have a question about Twitter or any other site, application, product or service? Try using Twitter to ask your question, create a discussion, and get fast and valuable information about pretty much anything you want to know? Keep in mind that there are always people willing to share their findings, tips, and solutions with you and the best part is that they’ll do it for free!

Tech Savvy Agent Interviews ActiveRain CEO

Tech Savvy Agent Interviews ActiveRain CEO Jonathan Washburn at the Keller Williams Family Reunion in New Orleans.  Jonathan Washburn discusses tips for the ActiveRain Real Estate Social Network, and shares insight about the much sought after RainCamps that are currently touring the Country.

RainCamp is a one day “magical event” that has recently toured Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Dallas.  Their next stops will be Denver on March 9th, and then Las Vegas on April 1st.  ActiveRain is a Real Estate Network hosting profiles and blogs for their more than 175,000 Real Estate Industry Professionals.

Head on over to ActiveRain.com, read some blogs, join the community, and see what the “buzz” is all about.  You can also find out more about RainCamp by visiting their site at RainCamp.com.  So far we’ve heard nothing but great feedback and compliments about the event.  There’s a RainCamp Squidoo page that hosts many Blogs written about the event along with comments, a live twitter stream, and some pretty cool photos and videos.

CoolPreviews – The BEST FireFox Add-on EVER!

CoolPreviews – The “BEST” FireFox Add-on “EVER!”

Access any link from any site or any page without ever leaving the page you’re on. The CoolPreviews Firefox Browser addon allows you to open any link or hyperlink within a webpage or site and it keeps the page you’re currently on open.  It’s a separate window that opens up and allows you full access and full interaction with that specific links landing page.

Let’s say you’re on Youtube looking at a List of Popular videos
, just hover your mouse over the title of any video, and Coolpreviews opens and plays that video in its own window right on your screen.  Want to know where that link and tiny.url go on Twitter or FaceBook?  Again, just hover your mouse over the link, and a window opens allowing you to preview, interact, comment, or even close without ever leaving your Twitter stream.

How Does It Work?

CoolPreviews adds a tiny little icon next to every title, link, hyper-link etc. and allows you to fully utilize any site, blog, or website without opening a new tab, launching a new Browser window, or leaving the page you’re currently on or reviewing.  Talk about a powerful tool when using Google Search??  No opening the link in a new tab, review sites and links on one screen faster and more effectively.  With CoolPreviews, you’ll Never hit the “back” button on your browser again.

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CoolPreviews – The Firefox Add-on for “speed & efficiency” in Web Browsing.

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ActiveRain RainCamp Tour Begins…

ActiveRain RainCamp Tour Begins…

The official word from the ActiveRain Team and Staff is that the “RainCamp Tour” has officially begun. The first ever event was held in Seattle on October 7th, 2009 and was sold out in just 2 weeks.  The demand for RainCamps all across the Country have sprouted like weeds, hence the start of the Real Estate RainCamp Tour.

With the power of the new Social Media movement and the Blogging phenomenon happening in Real Estate,  RainCamps are designed to educate and help expand an industry professionals understanding of how to build relationships and business opportunities through Social Networking and Social Media Marketing.

So Where is the Tour headed? According to the announcement yesterday, ActiveRain will be in San Francisco Dec 2nd, 2009 at the UCSF Conference Center, then there was mention of Miami, Washington DC, Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Arizona and others.  Those dates and locations will be announced soon.  Here’s  what their attendees had to say about RainCamp Seattle.

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You can meet many of the ActiveRain Team/Staff on this video we found on Youtube.

If you want more details about the RainCamp Tour, or to see if there are still tickets available:
Visit RainCamp.com

Is this just another Real Estate Conference? What can people attending expect to walk away with and be able to implement immediately into their Business? “RainCamp – because the way business gets done has changed!”

Top 40 Real Estate Resources and Sites

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Top 40 Real Estate Resources and SitesHere are the Top 40 Real Estate Resources and sites regarding News, Social Media, Technology, SEO, Networking, and Marketing for the Real Estate “On-Line” Industry.  They were selected based on content, reliability, reputation, consistency, longevity, and both customer satisfaction and rating.

“Click on any page to connect with their site”

[slideshare id=2352233&doc=top40resourcesforinformationeducation-091026162320-phpapp02]There are thousands of reliable Industry Resources on the WEB. The information and education they provide is in most cases FREE, and is readily available.  Finding these resources is only half the battle, learning what they have to offer and share, and then applying it to your business is the other half of the battle.If you want to lose the battle but WIN the war in Social Media, you’ll be doing your business and yourself a Huge Favor by reviewing these sites and Blogs, grasping what you can, then applying what you learn (with a passion) to yourself and your business.The Battle now becomes a WIN WIN!!

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Twitter – Top 100 Most Influential in Real Estate

Twitter – Top 100 Most Influential in Real EstateFaceBook ShareTweet ThisTwitter members from the Real Estate Industry are using the Micro-Blogging platform and 140 character blogs to be influential and interesting according to Stefan Swanepoel – Author & Speaker – Real Estate Trends, Business Leadership, Motivational & Social Media.Twitter allows users to create lists and even groups using TweepML, an extensible, open standard format that allows you to manage and share groups of Twitter users.  Here are some of the most popular lists and groups that have been created by other twitter members using TweepML.If you’re looking to follow some or any of the Top 100 Most Influential and Interesting Real Estate Professionals on Twitter, here is a link to the list provided by Stefan for your review and use.  If you follow any or all of these “tweeters” you’re guaranteed to gain your fair share of valuable information.  These “TOP 100” are a great resource for anything and everything Real Estate Industry related. Click on the button below and take a look for yourself.

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Google Announces Twitter Indexing

Google Announces Indexing Twitter Search ResultsTwitter FriendsYesterday, The Google Blog announced that they will be indexing Twitter Tweets in their search engine results. This is new and exciting information for Twitter users across the Globe. Your tweets will now get SEO and be found by those searching for up to the minute, real-time information on topics and subjects that you’re micro-blogging about. It’s time to take a look at how you are using Twitter to maximize Google’s new search engine feature.

“Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something that can be aided by a real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you’ll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.” Google Blog: Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience

As Google continues to evolve with these types of features and services, businesses and individuals must continue to evolve along with them.  Youtube videos are being indexed, Flickr photos are being indexed, and now with Twitter added to the list, you can be certain that utilizing these sites and tools can and will benefit your online Social exposure,  your shared information and resources, and of course your business. Tweet That!

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Top FREE Sites for Your Business – 2009

Top FREE Sites for Your Business – 2009Here are the TOP FREE Sites to save you time, money, and increase exposure for your Business. These products, tools and services can all be found and used on-line from any computer, anywhere you have Internet Access.  With the widespread availability of Wi-Fi, you can now manage many portions of your Business and Clients on-line.  Each slide has a link to the site referenced which allows you to begin using these services immediately.[slideshare id=2118344&doc=topretools2009-091003163440-phpapp01]Bookmark and Share Twitter FriendFeed Facebook Flickr RSS LinkedIn All Networks RSS

Real Estate and Twitter – Over 900 Tools

Real Estate and Twitter – Over 900 ToolsTweet BirdThere is no doubt that if you’re in the Real Estate Industry, or any industry for that matter, you’ve already heard of Twitter and in many cases have already signed up and are using it. Or at least trying to figure out how to use it for your personal or business use.The thing about Twitter is that you have to try and get your arms around the concept, the value, the power and the purpose of why it exists and why millions of people are using it.  Twitter is a micro-blogging World Network, but it can also be as local as you want to make it.

Just about the time you figure out how and why to use it, someone comes up with another Twitter add-on, Twitter tool, or Twitter 3rd party service. Now you have a site that keeps track of all these new tools, add-ons, and services for you.TheTwitterTools.com site has pulled Over 900 different Twitter Tools for you to explore, all sorted by category, and all conveniently located on one site.  How do we know about this cool site?  We saw their Tweet.

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If you are new to Twitter, just watching some of these threads, following a few key folks, and posting a few tweets yourself can open a whole new world of knowledge and tools you may want to consider for your business. With over 900 available on this site, you’re bound to find a few.If you’re in Real Estate, here’s the Top 100 Most Influential People – Pros from the Real Estate Industry.  We suggest you should be following them all.  In a single day, you can learn more from these folks than any other resource out there on the web.

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