Blogging About Loans: Do You Get Twitter?

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Do You Get Twitter?

I know there must be something to this, or everyone wouldn't be in such a twitter about it. But I have to Catching Twitter Leadsadmit, I don't get it! I don't get how to build relationships (how many tweets does it take to get to know someone with 140 character limit per tweet??) I don't get how to put a business plan together focused on getting business referrals from it?

I feel like Twitter is similar to standing in the middle of an 8 lane highway with vehicles going 75 MPH and hoping to catch a ride with someone!

So at Denver Rain Camp, I really tried to focus on the info about Twitter, because I KNOW there has to be something very obvious that I'm missing. And like many others, I am on Twitter, I do Tweet occasionally (matter of fact I added my Twitter info in my settings in AR to send all my public blogs to Twitter automatically!). I have followers, I do follow others. But don't that fool you... I still don't "get it".

KloutAnd if you think you do, use one of the tools given to us at RainCamp! Go to www.Klout.com and find out what your score is! This program ranks your effectiveness on a scale of 1 to 100. My score was a 10 and I'm still pouting about that. But, hey, I admitted I don't get it! Even the people that I thought must have a good handle on Twitter weren't ranking more than a 40!

So, I challenge you: if YOU think you get Twitter, check your score. If you know someone that you think must be good at it, check THEIR score! Klout.com has reassured me that most people out there really don't get Twitter, either! NOTE: part of my scoring ranking me over 1000% on content of tweets, which is a direct reflection on automatically tweeting my AR blogs!

One of the websites that I wrote down from Denver RainCamp to give 900 pieces to help understand Twitter I thought was TheTwitterTools.com. But I wrote it down wrong, as I can't find the site?? If you know what the correct website address is, please let me know!

#, or hash tags, on the other hand is one of the cool things that Twitter has come up with, and is easy to understand. For instance, when you're in in Twitter, go to the search field and put #Raincamp and you can see tweets made on Twitter that included #raincamp in their tweet. Helps to keep you updated on a specific topic.

BUT I don't know where the "library" of hash tags is kept to find other topics I might be interested in?? And how do you get one started? For instance, I know they have "tweet parties" where people gather in cyber cafes and just tweet. I think it might be fun to start a tweeting party during happy hour. We could call it #ToastedTweets!

In the meantime, I'm going to still focus most of my attention on what is working for me: ACTIVE RAIN!

 


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Comment balloon 107 commentsRuth Vogt • March 13 2010 09:55AM

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Ruth - I use Twitter somewhat and have found it helpful. While I don't spend much time there, I send most of my blogs, but not automatically from AR. I've heard that it's not good to just let all your posts Tweet, that it appears more like spam.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

I don't really "get" Twitter either.  I am a "Tweeter or Twitterer" but truly don't get it.  I think it must be my age?  I don't know where to find those #hash tag "thingies" either, lol.  I'm parking here...maybe I"ll learn something!

I agree that it has to have some vaule, otherwise so many well respected friends wouldn't rave about it the way they do.  Here's hoping we can learn something!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 8 years ago

I don't think there is a library of hashtags... see someone using one, use it.  People will occasionally tweet "what's the hashtag everyone is using for X event."

I did NOT get Twitter for the longest time.  Then suddenly it clicked thanks to a link emailed to me from someone in the Old Media in Columbus and a kind tweet from RE agent Teri Lussier telling me to use @ to tweet at someone.  Duh!  Somehow I had to be told.  Then I started loving Twitter.    I am losing interest in it somewhat...  I had seen Klout... it tells me I am a 28 and I am a persona. I wonder though about who it says I am influenced by..  like them but I only get why one.  I would rather be a connector than a persona.  I have Klout issues.

I am really bad at Facebook.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 8 years ago

I'm on Twitter, but my preference is facebook. Twitter seems cold... I'm probably wrong about that and need to work on finding out more about Twitter.  I'll start with checking my score on Klout. Thx for the link.

Posted by Bart Olszewski (Keller Williams Landmark II) over 8 years ago

Ruth--Great minds must think alike. I wrote almost the same kind of post this morning about Twitter.

I am still trying to get to the spot, and if i do, I will let you know.

 

Posted by Elliott S. Topkins, Massachusetts Real Estate and Title Atty (Topkins & Bevans-etopkins@topbev.com) over 8 years ago

Glad to hear I'm not alone. I tweet, but I'm not really sure what I'm doing. I feel like I'm shouting into a windstorm.  Have picked up some cool followers along the way, and I like how Twitter gives me instant access to things happening in the area.

 

I tweet a few times a day.  My biggest push is on Facebook, ActiveRain, and LinkedIn.

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Do I get Twitter? I have cable - I get all the channels, but they're all crap.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 8 years ago

Well I am one of those that plays with it a bit - not much. I do post AR and other things there but that's different then carrying on conversations. Lots of people really work it - I know that.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 8 years ago

I use tweetdeck, and there is a column witih trending topics to let you know what are popular topics.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) over 8 years ago

It completely fascinates me to have a new language that is so succinct to utilize. I keep plugging away to learn more. Check out the Twitter and Twitter Marketing for Dummies for answers to your questions.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

I have tried, and I think it is a useless waste of a portion of my brain that could be doing something worthwhile.

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) over 8 years ago

Ruth

Your not alone.  I don't get it either.  Seems like a waste of time that could be directed at something more productive.

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Wayne L. Brown (Franklin Advantage Inc.) over 8 years ago

Ruth Twitter is the way of the future in terms of seo.  The new google caffeine update will focus on Twitter and even show tweets in the results.  One Google data center is even doing this now.

Posted by Home Design, Home Design and Real Estate over 8 years ago

I tweet and have followers, but follow fewer people than follow me. People, like sheep, follow what they think the in crowd is doing rather than think for themselves. Does anyone remember MYSPACE? Facebook knocked them into obscurity and keeping up with the latest tech trends shouldn't cut into the basics of keeping in touch with people the old fashioned way.  Don't despair if you don't GET IT, just keep focusing on what you know works in this business and you'll do better than those chasing the latest way to convince yourself you're actually communicating with others.  Oh, and thanks for the link - I'll check it out, but already suspect I'm in the remedial group for tweetness.

Posted by Drick Ward, "RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation (NEPTUNE REALTY) over 8 years ago

Ouch,

I am on old e-mail, have accounts with facebook and Twitter ( and probably a host of others0, but I do not understand how you guys manage to handle all that.

Getting further an further behind.. but there is more business than I can handle, so what could it give me anyway?

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

Thanks for sharing this info about Twitter - I feel exactly like you when trying to use it but now will check out www.Klout.com.

Posted by Jeana Cowie, Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES (RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth - Perfect timing!!  ActiveRain University is teaching a class next Tuesday on "How To Use Twitter for Business" I sure hope you and any others who want to know how to use Twitter will join us.  Here's the Calendar, and here's the link to register if interested.

BTW - the twitter tools site I mentioned has vanished or relocated, I will try to track it down. 
In the meantime, I did find this one: http://bit.ly/9bksm

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

I have been using it as a megahorn announcing bluelite specials and hopin for help with Google ranking !!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the Klout web site.  I was at RainCamp in San Francisco, this wasn't one of the websites mentioned.  I'm starting to think I need to be a RainCamp groupy

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I'm like you; I send my blog link but thanks for the tool check; I will try it.

Posted by Linda Hinson (S & L Properties) over 8 years ago

Ruth, I don't get it either but a lot of people do so I'm trying to!

Posted by Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate, Certified Residential Specialist (ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS CDPE mitch@prostead.com) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth - A hashtag can be created just by using and promoting it. For more info, see the Twitter Fan Wiki. And here are all of the tweets that used the hashtag #RainCamp. Sometimes just browsing through those is a good way to refresh your mind on what was covered, as well as to see who was there and connect with them.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth -- I think Twitter is evolving and when a lot of value-added tools get plied on top, even more than what exists today, then perhaps it cqn get taken to a higher level but it is cool to listen to what is happening in a community, event, etc.  I listen right now more than I tweet.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Part of the problem with twitter is that people over think it. Twitter is a really simple application. Some call it micro blogging which doesn't make sense.  It is more like public text messaging.  As for how to use it twitter is social. fairly low tech and a great way to meet someone.

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) over 8 years ago

I have found out alot of interesting information about a few friends I had known in the past from "Twitter". If you don't want anyone to know somethings about yourself, don't put it on Twitter.

Posted by DEBORAH STONE (PACIFIC HOME BROKERS, San Diego, CA) over 8 years ago

Hi, Ruth - I don't get Twitter, either! But I have my blog posts fed to my Twitter account. And I have found that my Tweeted posts sometimes rank better on Google than the blog posts themselves. If it helps improve your presence online, then why not? But figure it out? Not gonna happen.

Posted by Lew Corcoran, ASP®, Home Stager & Real Estate Photographer (Scena Home Staging & Decora Photography) over 8 years ago

Ruth, firstly congrats on the feature.  Secondly, we cannot be all things to all people. It is enough to keep up with AR and Facebook, the latter suffering in my case.  I have actually let go of the feeling that I have to do it all.  I want to be excellent are one and maybe two and I don't think the world of Twitter is going to miss me.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) over 8 years ago

I like the above comment that Jane Peters leaves with us. You can't do it all. There is only 24 hrs. in a day. I have a life as well, work, and AR is all I want to do.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Just signed up and am twitter, but nobody cares I guess.  Feel like I'm tweeting to myself.  With all this social media-ting, when are we supposed to go out and do the nitty gritty of real estate?  Still, like many of you, I'm trying to just do it, since others have said it will come.  In the meantime, all this close work is makign me think I should invest in an Eyeglass business! 

Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) over 8 years ago

It's been something of a slow and weird journey but I am finally getting it. It's funny but I have actually connected withs several groups who share interests outside of real estate and it's been very enjoyable!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I prefer the good old fashioned relationship building.  You know, 'pick up the phone', 'talk to someone', 'go out to lunch', 'grab a cup of coffee together' . . . You get the picture.  I think all these gimmicks out there are just that.  They really become impersonal after awhile.

I believe that there will be a shift back towards real communication as so many people feel a real disconnected lonelyness by the social networking.

I don't "Twitter" and I don't "Facebook".  Time wasters in my mind.  Get out there and build some real relationships and then network in other high-touch ways that get you out from behind the computer and blackberrys.

 

Posted by Randy over 8 years ago

Ruth ~ I'm with you,  I really don't get it.  But all we can do is continue to try.  Congrats on the feature!!!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 8 years ago

Hi, Ruth.  I'm on social media overload.  lol  I admire people who can keep up with all their tweets and friends.  I'm glad to  know I'm not alone.

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 8 years ago

Interesting. I'm a 20 and just left of center of the upper half of the chart--between connector and persona.

Recently a 'prospective' told me THIS is why he follows me on Twitter:

Because I post local pictures of the area he is planning to move to--mine. Because I love my dog. And because I tweeted about Bike Week here and he has a bike.

So it is about getting to know people.

He just told me his girlfriend's house got an offer on it and asked me if I can find him a house with a casita when he gets here.

It looks like Twitter found me a new client.

 

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 8 years ago

I use twitter more for the hashtags to get ideas, to see what everyone is tweeting about.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

I don't get twitter either.  Everytime I think I will use it more, I do for a while and then fall behind.  I love all the comments here.  Some made me LOL.  It is always nice to know I am in good company.

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 8 years ago

Thanks Brad for the info about the class on Tuesday.  Just signed up!!  I need all the help I can get.

Posted by Barbara Calwhite, 417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation (Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri) over 8 years ago

I have used twitter and what is amazing is one can see the "tweets" of others regarding a specific event or neighborhood and one can even follow conversations of others looking to buy real estate. This is the greatest feature of all. Also, when a big event is happening (be it a weather event or the election of Scott Brown, for example) following the tweets about the event is a much faster way to see what is going on than watching the news. 

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I have used twitter and what is amazing is one can see the "tweets" of others regarding a specific event or neighborhood and one can even follow conversations of others looking to buy real estate. This is the greatest feature of all. Also, when a big event is happening (be it a weather event or the election of Scott Brown, for example) following the tweets about the event is a much faster way to see what is going on than watching the news. 

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I really don't care what my score is. If the usage can be monetized at 10 more than someone who can at 40 then repeat after me, It really doesn't matter(Bill Murray reference from Meatballs).

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 8 years ago

I joined twitter almost 2 years ago. I rarely go there. I know it's the "must do" thing and if we don't we'll be obsolete but my questions to agents is....how many commission checks did you deposit last year that were a direct result of Twitter? AND...how many hours and tweets did it take you?

Now having said that I have been studying a lot lately about internet marketing and there seems to be a lot of value for marketers to follow trends to see what might be a good product to launch.

And of course there are a lot of folks that make money by teaching us how to use Twitter. I never quite figured that one out yet.

But if it works....use it.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

John, I've found that I tend to get more followers when my AR blog shows up on Twitter than when I just tweet something directly for some reason???

Elizabeth, whenever I find myself moaning about the Twitter exercise, I use this expression and it seems to help motivate me: "To tweet, or be a tweet, that is the question." It helps me overcome the concern about whether or not it's even worthwhile!

Maureen, I agree with you about Klout info. My influencers are completely off, too!

Bart, come back and let us know how you "score" on Klout! Were curious.

Elliott, heading over to look at your post now...

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Coleen - shouting in a windstorm, catching a ride on a busy freeway - we're both on the same page here!

Gregory - thanks for stopping by! I always enjoy your comments, and especially this one!

Anna - Lots of people do "work it", and swear by it, but I still wonder if it really does work for them. Too bad there wasn't a website that measured a comparison of actual results vs required time. THEN we'd know for sure!

Sharon, I've heard about tweetdeck so many times. Guess I'm going to have to go check it out and see if that was my missing piece to making sense of all this!

Cheryl, I'll give that a try, too. Thanks for the suggestion.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Michael, you said exactly what I'm wondering! ha!

Thor, I'm so glad I'm not the only one perplexed by this program.

Jennifer, I was afraid of something like that. Which is why even tho I'm complaining and confused, I'm still trying to push forward.

Drick, I'm trying to focus, trust me, but then something new and sparkly comes along, and off I go on yet another tangent!

Jon, You bring up a good point: if we already have enough business why do we continue to worry about finding ways on how to get more. hmmm...

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Jeana, Hope you come back and tell us what you find on Klout!

Brad, I'm going to check out the calendar and hope I don't have a scheduling problem. And thanks for letting me know about the missing site. I'll try the other one.

Michael, in the beginning that's what I did. I attracted no attention, except with Google rankings, so I guess that's worth the effort.

Susan, I'm laughing, cause I was thinking the same thing!

Let us know, Linda, how Klout thinks you are doing.

Mitch, I am so glad there are others feeling this way!

 

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

John, thanks for the info. I'll check out the link! You must be one of those that scores high on Klout??

Chris, sounds like you're ramping up to engage!

Teresa, Maybe that's it. I'm overthinking it. Good point for me to consider.

Deborah, I do have to say that I saw something on Twitter today about an associatesinging jazz which I never knew. So, I did find one of those little tidbits that helps complete a picture.

Lewis, you make me chuckle. I'm with you, buddy!

Jane, yeah! What she said! We don't have to be all things. (But there's still the ???? side of me wondering what someone else knows that I don't!) :) and thanks for the congrats!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Patricia, and even AR can consume us, can't it?

Evelyn, so THIS is why my eyesight is getting worse! Whew! I thought it was that age thingy!

Ok, Russell. Now I know there might be a light at the end of this tunnel.

Randy, You know what I have found? Those that tweet regularly seem to have a hard time staying focused on a one-on-one conversation. Their eyes dart around behind you, almost as if they are looking for another more interesting conversation somewhere behind you they might be able to jump into. Weird. Rude.

Dawn, thanks for the congrats. If the light does suddenly come on, will you call me and share the experience? ;)

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Yolanda, "social media overload"? My circuit continues to blow! ha!

Candice, you're story is inspiring... it means that I just need 10 more points to start getting business! (hee-hee!) congrats to YOU!

Judi, interesting idea. I'm going to remember that one!

Barbara, What you said is exactly why I gravitate back to AR everytime. Good people, good company, good content. A great place to be. Thanks, Active Rain!

Ellie, speaking of the Scott Brown election, I had googled for info that night, and it was very interesting to see google covered the twtiter hash tag updates in a scrolling update fashion. It really was fascinating! And again reminds me there is more to this platform than I am seeing yet.

Joe, gotta love Bill Murray!

Bryant, interesting point. I'm smiling while contemplating that thought! thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I am a Title Rep in Phoenix. I show my clients how to use tools like Twitter. Twitter is a great tool. Like anything else, you need to know how to use it. Would it change your perception of twitter if  I told you that Twitter offers the easiest and most effective way to share huge amounts of information? Like your listing, open house, home sold, market conditions etc...  Most Realtors think that you share information so your followers know "what you are doing".  That s not the most effective way to use twitter. Did you know that each tweet has its own URL? Go ahead and google an area of real estate you are interested in, bet you that some of the information that comes back in "Google's latest search results" is from Twitter.  Better yet, its current and even better, it will pull potential buyers and sellers off of google and onto their blogs or websites. One more thing to consider about Twitter.

 

As much as you can "say" on Twitter. The stealth Realtors use it to "Listen".  What would you say of I told you that I could identify a buyer in your area of town that is looking for a home or a realtor and that it would be accurate and current?  I can using Twitter.

W started a school of mearning called Smurcle here in Phoenix to show realtors HOW to use social media tools because we saw there were a lot of people that were being told WHY they should but didnt know how to implement. Check out our school. Smurcle.com

Posted by Stephen Garner, Hub Media Company (Hub Media Company) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth;

I heard a great explaination about twitter at NAR this year.  Think of it like bumping into a past client at the grocery store.  Just a quick "hi" and a brief exchange of information then you're on your way.  Like Facebook, there is more social than business going on as it should be.  LinkedIn is more business than social. However, all social media sites give an opportunity to show your clients, and potential clients, another side of your life which is something the younger buyer in particular likes to see.

On a sidenote, about 4% of the traffic to my personal website comes from twitter and bit over 6% comes from Facebook.  So, social media does give you another avenue to gently market yourself and your listings. 

Good luck with everything.

Posted by Paul Burns (Century21 Countryside Realty Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Ruth, I'm there with you.  I just don't get it either. 

Nancy

Posted by Nancy Murray, Your NICE Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs (Keller Williams Clients Choice Realty, Colorado Springs, CO) over 8 years ago

I think I've got some many usernames and passwords on Twitter that I just can't remember how to log on (which username goes with which password).  It works out ok though because I never "got" Twitter either.  Too much chatter about nothing.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

I checked - I am only a 20, but I like Twitter. I apparently am a connector...hmmm.  so my favorite thing about Twitter is actually being able to schedule out rss feeds to be tweeted from me automatically through twitterfeed.com  I warn you, though, make sure and set your various rss feeds to be tweeted at different intervals or else you start broadcasting quite a bit and being way to spammy. 

I am @CourtneyCooper, @CooperJacobs, and @SeattleAfloat I am mostly the main one, but try to work my others.... the automatic feeds help a lot:)

 

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Team Leader/ Investor for Brand New Keller Williams North Seattle Office) over 8 years ago

I love the #RTB   Try it.

 

I am pouting too. I am only 20 on Klout

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 8 years ago

I am so glad to know that I'm not the only one who doesnt get twitter!! I post to it from time to time and just don't get it! LOL

Posted by Kendra Dempsey (RE/MAX Rewards) over 8 years ago
Twitter is a great way to find people in your area looking for a realtor & useful for promoting new blog articles but I have to admit I only troll on Twitter like a predator. It's too much random info to follow a conversation. Some tools make it more manageable to follow steams but I find message boards, blogs & facebook more interesting reading. The biggest problem with twitter is the goal of accumulating followers. Too many followers creates too much chatter to easily follow but being selective reduces your reach. You have to follow to get followed.
Posted by Bill Petrey (AgentHarvest - A Real Estate Agent Finder Service) over 8 years ago
The biggest problem with Twitter is that you have to follow to get followed. This creates so much chatter that it's hard to follow anything of interest much less find anything of interest. Twitter tools help but I think the purpose of Twitter is announcing blog articles & finding clients by keywords.
Posted by Bill Petrey (AgentHarvest - A Real Estate Agent Finder Service) over 8 years ago

@BillPetrey Post #59   Don't follow anybody until they follow you.  Your list will grow slower, but it's a stronger following you'll have in the end.  Only follow those that follow you.  You'll wind up with a heavier, targeted list.

I keep seeing these posts about 'not getting' Twitter.  It's so funny.  What is there not to get?  It boosts your ratings and gets you inquiries, no different than Trulia or cl.  The better your content, the better your followers.

;)

http://twitter.com/ScottSellsFL

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL

Posted by Scott Miller, ifoundyourhome.com (Best Connections Realty) over 8 years ago

I prefer Facebook because I feel like I have a more personal relationship with the people I'm connected to.  I have found it helpful to follow organizations like Realtor.org, ABR, CRS, and FHA in addition to my local governments. 

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) over 8 years ago

I think that a mortgage broker has something to tweet everyday -- financial bits of info like mortgage rates or leading economic indicators that affect interest rates. Very few Realtors have anything to say that requires instant and mass communication. Each of the social media platforms has a role in a communication plan. Deciding appropriate content for each delivery vehicle is the challenge we all face.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

Very interesting, I'm just getting going on Facebook. I'll wait for Twitter. I need to hear the right way to introduce it and be successful.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

I started with Twitter when it first began to catch on. It didn't take long to become totally lost, and let it go by the wayside. Maybe I'll give it another go, knowing I am not the only one without a clue. Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Jeffrey Jonas- Minnesota Home Inspector (Critical Eye Property Inspections / JRJ Consultants) over 8 years ago

I learned about Klout at Dallas Raincamp and was a 10. Since then, I've gone up to a 21.  I added some people to follow and have tried to have more conversations, but it's not a "chat room" so it's difficult. I hope to be at a 30 by the end of the month.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

So far, no twitter for me.  I also don't see the point yet.  But awhile back I also didn't text.  I'll see what happens to my mind.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 8 years ago

Thanks for this post.  I picked up some good info from the comments.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Ruth, great post!  I will check out Klout.com. I'm not quite sure I completely get Twitter either... Should be interesting!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) over 8 years ago

Oh my, My score was a 5.... 

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) over 8 years ago

Klout's direct competitor is TwitterGrader.com Its been around longer and grades based upon a score of 100. @MyTitleGuy

Posted by Stephen Garner, Hub Media Company (Hub Media Company) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth!  Congrats on the Feature!  Like you my blogs go into Twitter and slowly I am following others tweets.  Looks like to me, we have a bunch of new Twitter contacts here, so lets start the Twitter Happy Hour.

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) over 8 years ago

I don't get Twitter.  I know I am supposed to, but I just don't.

 

Maybe I'll try the seminar Brad mentioned.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

I know I still have alot of learning to do with twitter and the hash. Maybe I will get it to one day soon :)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 8 years ago

Ruth: I wonder how people can afford to be distracted by tweets? Can anything really useful be communicated?

Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) over 8 years ago

Ruth, I don't quite get Twitter.  I tweet my public blogs, but that's about the only tweeting I do.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 8 years ago

Ahhh the mystery solved. It is how you use twitter that makes it interesting. I am a truck driver and look at the DOT and highway patrol postings for the states I will be running through for info on accidents, construction, and weather alerts. I also follow tweets on my company and truck stop postings special offers like free coffee. Like it's predacessor, the yard sale, it is a treasure hunt. Want to hook me? tell me where the trucker friendly cities are; That is where I can park my rig on the side of road for my two days off and not have it towed, and where commericial truck parking is available( I would look at buying a house in that city) With many states closing rest stops due to budget cuts it is increasingly harder to find a place to stop for the night. So put a little bait on the line throw it in the lake called twitter and see what bites. One last thing I saw this horrible painting at a yard sale and wondered who would buy such garabge, and later saw it in my neighbors house, one mans trash is anothers treasure!

Posted by c wheeler over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth, I think C Wheeler hit the nail on the head! He just made me "get it".

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth - I just don't get the Twitter bug either, maybe a fad but not too sure!

Posted by Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA, Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM over 8 years ago

Yikes, my Klout score was a 7.  My websitegrader score was much higher.

Anyway, although I don't particularly enjoy tweeting, I have my blog feed to it and I do post daily because my Twitter feeds to my website home page...so I consider it a brief daily statement as to what's going on in my area, or what property is priced to sell, or a new listing, etc.

I have also learned a great deal from the tweeters that I follow.

It's growing on me.  It takes time, I guess.

Jan

Posted by Jan Stearns, Marketing Director for Waterville Valley Realty (Jan Stearns, Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley, NH) over 8 years ago

Ruth: Thanks for the post. I'm not sure I understand Twitter either. In fact, one big person on Twitter admitted he had ADD so he liked the fact that you could only tweet 140 characters! That being said, I think it's important that we're aware of and embrace new technologies. I don't spend a lot of time on Twitter but feel I need to be aware of what it's all about. Thanks again!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

I think the jury is still out on how effective Twitter will be for RE agents and their online efforts. That's not to say I not going to pursue it. I continue to study social media everyday, and hope to develop a plan and strategy that  works. Right now, it seems if you have something on your site, or blog that's worth a mention, then Tweet it. Otherwise, it is neat to follow your local Twitter stream - just to monitor the conversation.

Posted by Mary Weaver, Expertise & Knowledge in Ruidoso-Alto Real Estate (Weaver Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Stephen, Glad you have found it an effective tool for you to train your agents on. Bryant mentions the value of what you are offering.

Paul, It's great that you have tracked the value of twitter leads to your website. THAT makes sense!

Nancy, Maybe together we can cut through this maze to find value??

Charita, "twitter", "chatter"... seems to be all the same, doesn't it?   :)

Courtney, congrats on your score! Which user name got that score?

 

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Erica, I checked it out. Part of my problem is not understanding the language. What does RTB stand for. (I ust figured out what BFF was!)

Kendra, I think "we" are the majority!

Bill, I have just installed TweetDeck, and guess what I'm seeing? A lot of chatter.

Scott, Advertising your site on someone elses blog shows you really get it.

Tamara, I'm not an expert on FB, but at least it makes more sense if you are about relationship building opportunites.

Leslie, you are right! And that's why I joined Twitter initially. I got side tracked!

Brian, I like your approach... one at a time.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Jeffrey, Please share your pearls of wisdom as you discover them! I'd appreciate it!

Donna, You gave me hope!

Barbara, I think you're right, I'm going to see what happens to my mind, too! hee-hee!

Tammie, Thanks for stopping by and glad you found some comments of interest.

Don, Look at Donna's post... she went from a 10 to a 20! We can do it too!

Stephen, I'll give that a look.

 

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Stephen, I like the grading much better! I'm an 81, ranked 1million out of 6million! Also, following you, now!

Dona, Let's call it "toasted tweets"!!

Christine, I have a scheduling conflict with this Tuesday, but hoping they will have it again?? Would you come back and share one or two (or more) ideas??

Roland, If you do, PLEASE share!

Matt, If so, I'm still looking. So far it's a bunch of nonsense to me.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Gary, And AR makes it SO easy to do that! I scored very well on content, and I know that's why.

c wheeler, thanks for stopping by and giving me a new perspective. Free coffee?? hmmm... now that sheds a whole new dimension on the value of Twitter. interesting!

Jackie, Me, too!

Stephen, What scares me is there was a time some thought the internet was a fad. OOOPS!

Jan, Okay, okay... I'm giving it more time.   :)

Paul, They said at rain camp the reason we're limited to 140 characters is that is all we can remember. Maybe that means we all have ADD to some decree.

Mary, And if we wait for the verdict, could we be too late?  :)

 

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

I agree that I don't get it either at times when just looking at it on the surface, but when you start looking at it's individual applications it's pretty powerful.  Here's some ways I use it:

1. To highlight properties (TweetLister), news stories that I think are relevant to the industry, new features of my website, or events in the area

2. I run a search for my town name and it helps me keep on top of some things going on as well as other Realtor practices

3. Take pictures where ever you are and share them quickly with others.  

As far as applications, I think the regular website is cumbersome.  I use Tweetdeck and more recently bean using Hootsuite.  Hoot suite has a really nice interface which allows you to combine both Twitter & Facebook accounts in one spot to manage both.  Hootsuite also has the stats feature which allows you to see how many clicks are happening with your Tweets with links sent through them.  So you get some measurements for effectiveness.

Do I spend a lot of time on it?  No.  It's another place to be for exposure and getting a message out or gaining insight into the area and industry.  

Kathy

Posted by Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor (Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the abundance of info and how to use Tweeter more effectively. 

Posted by Barb Merrill, GRI, Associate Broker (Cactus Mountain Properties, LLC) over 8 years ago

Kathy, I finally installed TweetDeck and find that a better way to keep tweets organized. Wonder how that compares to HootSuite?? I'll have to try that...

Barbara, you are most welcome.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I found a great site that has Ten Twitter Tips that I found interesting and am adding as a comment to this post for future reference.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Klout says we're a 30, and a Connector. Not sure what that means, if anything. All we know is, we've used Twitter for a while and it's only now beginning to add value to our business. Our first closing due to Twitter will be a cause for celebration...and relief.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 8 years ago

Congrats on that score! I'm going to look for you and follow you so I can see how you're using it!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Actually, that 30 is for our old user name, @wharriman. We changed to @HarrimanRE 2 weeks ago and because its new, it only has a Klout score of 15 and we're a Persona. Don't know why, it's the same account, but I guess they recalculate it from the date of the change. Either way, we use it to follow other Realtors, current clients and other local people of interest. Then we just try to engage them in meaningful dialog aout things of mutual interest. We also use Twitter to syndicate our posts from both our AR blog and our WordPress blog and to post to our Facebook profile using Selective Tweets (the #fb  hashtag). We've gotten a couple of leads from Twitter, but nothing solid enough to close. We'll just keep engaging, adding value (we hope!) and listening what to our locals are saying, and do our best to use it effectively.

And thanks for following us, we'll gladly follow back!

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) over 8 years ago

Ruth,
I believe that tweeter is good to get more traffic, what do you think ? :) keep the good work and sharing these websites are good for many people he ?:

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 8 years ago

Let me be realistic...I don't use Twitter, I barely use Facebook (I just "unfriended" half the people on there, but if you are DYING TO SEE PICTURES OF MY GRAND-DAUGHTER then check it out) and I don't feel deprived, undervalued, underemployed (well maybe, but I don't think it has to do with my lack of Tweeting).

I just think that people do not want to hear from me or about me THAT MUCH.  And I KNOW that I do not want to hear from or about others THAT MUCH.  I am hardly excited about my own trip to the grocery store, and I am even less excited about someone elses!

And one more thing, NO YOUR LIFE IS NOT MORE EXCITING, INTERESTING, OR THOUGHT PROVOKING THAN MINE.  You just don't know it and no one has the heart to tell you.
(that's the proverbial "you", not you specifically, Ruth...just got on a little rant there, Sorry!)

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

I use Facebook more than Twitter. But you can use Twitter to update both. So I may start. Thanks for the post I have never heard of Klout before I will check it out.

Posted by Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your Realtor® for Life! (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Jenna, you have me ROTF right now! You are so hysterical. You just said what most of us think when we first look at twitter and only see nonsense. I'm actually convinced that the mystery of twitter secrets are about to become evident to me and tomorrow I'm going to wake up and "get it". If that happens, I'll let you know. If not, I'll send a "surrender" tweet!

Reshawna, I actually use AR to push to both FB and Twitter. It makes me feel like I am getting three times the value for one blog!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

If anyone is keeping score add me to the I don't get it list.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 8 years ago

Ah.. Now I understand how it can be useful. Thank you for the blog. -Ingrid

Posted by Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, Manager (Embrace Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Ocean View - looks like we are in the majority!

Ingrid - You do? Most welcome.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth...

How do I do this? ... "(matter of fact I added my Twitter info in my settings in AR to send all my public blogs to Twitter automatically!)."

I don't get Twitter either.. And I've attended a seminar and read a book on it .. LOL

I did find Twellow.com interesting.. It's the Yellow Pages for Twitter... If someone looks up, for example... New Jersey Real Estate Agent... And you have your profile set up the right way... You have pretty good chances of showing up first in their search engine. 

~ Vienna

Posted by Vienna Bello, Real Estate Sales, Rentals & Consulting, GRI, SFR (Liberty Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

I feel overwhelmed by the Twitter excitiment.  I guess I need to jump on it.

Posted by Paul Chavez, Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor (Earth Origins Realty) over 8 years ago

I feel overwhelmed by the Twitter excitiment.  I guess I need to jump on it.

Posted by Paul Chavez, Albuquerque Realtor, NM EcoBroker, and General Contractor (Earth Origins Realty) over 8 years ago

I don't get twitter either. it s linked to my website blog etc. I just don't feel it is an interactive experience

Posted by charles chip jenkins over 8 years ago

Vienna, thanks for the tip on twellow.com... I'm going to head over there now!

Paul, I must say I'm starting to see some results. Maybe. ***fingers crossed***

Charles, And even the @name isn't a personal interaction. It's like trying to talk to someone in the office over the PA system!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I use Twitter, but I barely get it.  I shoot stuff out and wonder what happens to it.  It now lands on facebook too, where I know what happens to it, but off in twitterland I'm just not sure :-)

Posted by Rick Phillips, I care about you and your transaction. (Frankly Realty - Old Town) over 8 years ago
Rick, they are going to end up archived in the Library of Congress if you can believe that!
Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Twitter is the single most powerful social media tool! Facebook is the face (no pun intended) of social media but it pales in comparison to the power of Twitter. Facebook is a conversation tool where as Twittter is a call to action tool. The stats show that links generated by fans on Facebook are only clicked about 3% of the time whereas follower links on Twitter are clicked about 20%. If you are looking to engage and drive traffic or sales then Twitter is a far more productive tool.

Posted by Sam (www.getfansfollowers.com) over 7 years ago

Interesting stats, Sam. I am liking the # lookup feature, no doubt!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 7 years ago

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