Applications that allow a user to check into a location, blaring their whereabouts to anyone who cares. The fact that there are huge personal security issues involved notwithstanding, the nagging question I can't seem to shake is: As a Real Estate consumer, do I care?
Privacy, or more specifically the confusion surrounding privacy, on Facebook has been the focus of much media attention and user distress in the past few months. Facebook has changed settings and auto-enabled features without notifying its users and left many feeling their privacy on the social network is in jeopardy. In response, Facebook has launched new privacy settings that give users significantly more control over their personal information
Hello. My name is Kristin and I'm moving to DC. In the months to come I’ll be documenting my adventures, trials and tribulations, ups and downs, and likes and dislikes of the Nation’s capital as it becomes my new home. My goal is to share my story with you, so that if you move to the area, or if you already live here, you can learn from my experiences, benefit from my insights, explore local communities, share in a few laughs and hopefully find out about some of the hidden gems the city has to offer.
As Real Estate agents, it’s important to be friendly and approachable public figures, especially when utilizing social media. However, you still need to be smart and safe with you choose to disclose to others online. I've compiled a quick checklist of things you should avoid doing on social media to help keep you and your information safe.
The most important part of using Facebook professionally is not just to attract new “friends” or “fans”; it serves no real purpose to have the most “fans” or most “friends” if these people are not engaged with you. Rather, carefully build your social capital and constituency. Engage your following and encourage interaction to create a lasting relationship...
Something seismic occured in the on-line space last week. The tremors reverberate still. It has nothing to do with Real Estate. It has everything to do with Real Estate. Facebook became the most visited place on the Internet last week - edging out Google as the Internet's most visited site by the slimmest of margins - 7.07% of all traffic to Facebook vs. 7.03% of all traffic to Google.
I've heard a slew of reasons. Some users say it's too addictive, while others complain that Facebook is too overwhelming. Then there are some who are at odds with Faceboook's privacy issues, and those who just forget they even have a profile. Whatever the excuse, Facebook is a tool that is too valuable to simply give up.
To put things into perspective, with over 400 million users...
Social Media IS important. It has changed the way we need to interact and engage. The importance of understanding Social Media's place in your overall business plan cannot be understated, nor can the importance of its practical implementation. However, making sure that we devote the appropriate time tinkering with social media as it relates to our business will ensure...
Google's big news yesterday was their introduction of "Buzz" - Google's twitter and facebook-like social media stream. This is not Google's first foray into the Social Media space - see their Orkut product that has taken off and been successfull internationallyin locales such as India and Brazil. However, Google has yet to make significant headway into the Social Media category here in the United States.
As we continue in our efforts to reach out and connect with consumers in new ways, we have recently created a new position in the company: Social Media Editor.
Given the proliferation of social media over the past few years through such venues as Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Flickr, YouTube, etc., by the consumer public, we feel it would be to our best advantage to not only participate in these mediums, but to attend to them in the best, most skilled manner possible.
Moreover, it has become well documented that the companies who embrace these networks are witnessing greater connection with their constituents. By conversing and connecting through this manner, these companies are able to better