Tag Archives: Social Media & Web

NAR Mid-Year: Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Dogs of War

I have been asked for a recap of the events at NAR Midyear, but as I did not attend the Board of Directors meeting, and as I was busy doing other things, I felt it wasn’t really my place to give a recap.

It is, however, my place to offer some thoughts — high-level, unusual, and either prophetic or batshit crazy depending on your point of view — on what I heard, saw, felt, and read this past week. And my overall impression right now is that war within the real estate industry is inevitable. It is a question of when, not if, and how, not why.

The “why” has already been answered by the Greek historian Thucydides, who wrote:

The growth of the power of Athens, and the alarm which this inspired in Lacedaemon, made war inevitable.

Similarly, the growth of the power of the Internet, and the alarm which this inspires in various circles in real estate, makes war inevitable. While I hope to see the minimum of conflict, and will work to make peace wherever I can, at this moment, I remain darkly fearful that we will need to fight in order to resolve the only question that matters: who shall rule?

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Notorious P.O.D. Episode 3: Gahlord Dewald



For anyone who doesn’t know, which is unlikely amongst my readers, Gahlord Dewald is the Founder, CEO, and Janitor of Thoughtfaucet. He’s also one of the hosts for the Trialogues podcast.

Because we’ve been missing doing these, as Matthew Shadbolt, our dear friend and Trialogues partner, is temporarily out of commission, we decided to get together to talk about a couple of issues that Gahlord has been working on for a while. He’s one of the experts on the topic of social media, of course, but he’s also been doing a great deal of work on canonical tags and authorship tags. Both are topics that have been much in the news and discussions within real estate, because of the impact of both on SEO and on how Google would treat listing content.

Many thanks to Gahlord, and as always, thanks to you all.


Association Leaders: Look, Listen, Learn

Alex Steele, of Battleground Texas

Alex Steele, of Battleground Texas

From Bloomberg comes this story about how Democrats are taking a run at Texas, the home of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. Personally, since I’m a conservative, I will be doing what I can to make sure that Battleground Texas fails, and fails miserably. But that isn’t the point of this post.

The point of this post is that the Democrats are trying at all. There is a major lesson here for REALTOR Associations to learn.

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A Couple of Thoughts on realtor.com Redesign

The new, much more pastelly, Realtor.com

So more than  few people have already commented on the new design for Realtor.com realtor.com. Listingbits has a roundup with some choice quotes.

I guess all of the commentators make good points, and on the whole, I do like the designs. But then, I didn’t hate the old design either, so there is that.

But two things are worth at least thinking about.

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Thoughts on the Web, Circa 2013


As you may have noticed, this website has a new theme. I love this theme, called Twentytwelve, despite it being the default theme for WordPress.com, which likely makes it the single most popular theme on the planet.

I will likely make a few more changes, personalize the design some more, add back the iconic header image, and the like, but… the experience of re-skinning my website triggered something else for me. I felt as if I should write it out with you all, so I can know what I’m thinking when I read it later.

Basically, changing the theme to Notorious made me realize how much the Web has changed over the past few years, and… well, I’m feeling a little bit wistful, I have to admit.

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