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ActiveRain Updates - A Few New Features

ActiveRain Updates a few new features

There were a few changes and updates made to the network yesterday both internally and for members.  Just wanted to make sure you knew about them in case you hadn't noticed already.

  • The first of which is pretty obvious are the New Badges.  They have been moved from covering the upper corner of your photo and placed below the photos now.  This should help those members whose photos were being interfered with by the old badges.

                                       

  • We've added the RSS feed now for the "featured posts" that appear on the homepage. Non logged-in users can only subscribe to a feed of "public" featured posts. Logged-in users can subscribe to an additional "public + members only" feed of featured posts.

    To add the RSS feed to your reader or to get the proper link to do so, just click on the RSS Icon    located in the address bar of your browser.  I use Google reader for all my RSS feeds, but you can use any RSS reader or feed device. 

Here is the RSS link if you need it for the "Public Posts" - http://activerain.com/index.rss

  • There's now a New way to earn points: every day, a member can earn 100 points for "logging in" to ActiveRain. These points will be awarded even if a member has opted to remain logged in.  This applies to every member.  You can now be rewarded points just for showing up to the community, but we hope you'll continue to engage with others through Blogging and commenting.

As many of you know who have been here a while, we are continuously trying to improve and better the network and community for our members and visitors on a daily basis. Some of these features and updates may seem trivial, but combined, they do add value to the site overall. Enjoy!

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 220 commentsBrad Andersohn • August 20 2009 02:35PM

Comments

I clicked on 'Professional" blogs and it's blank ...is that gone forever?

 

P.S. How rude...I didn't comment on the rest of the stuff...I like all your efforts to make this an exciting platform with so many useful tools!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the info Brad, not to mention the continued improvements to this great site! 

Posted by Amy Salisbury, West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley (Leading Edge Properties) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, want our points to look like the one in your post.  Working on it each day.

Al and Peggy Cunningham

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Ok I'm here. Give me my 100 points! In fact I'll be back. So give me some more.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Nice Brad,  For the most part, I like these new toys. There are many things that still need to be addressed as we have discussed before. The only way they get attention is when someone blogs about them. When I simply use the address a concern function, I never hear back. You get things done, Thank-you Brad!

The way I see it,
Paul

I don't understand some of the new functions, but I'll put on my thinking cap!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 9 years ago

Nice new badges!!   But, "wipe custom domains" when Waaaayyy over my head....I have an outside blog thru AR...is this something I need to change or re-do?

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 9 years ago

Brad, that is all good news.  Thanks for keeping us updated on everything, we all appreciate everything  you guys do for us members.

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Remax New Beginnings ) almost 9 years ago

I like the new look of the badges. And thanks for the 100 points...nice surprise! Thanks, especially, for writing your posts so clearly that newbies like me can understand them!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) almost 9 years ago

i guess I'm the only one... but I find the new badges, while they are less intrusive to the photo, to also be less visually interesting.  Sorry.... they're just bland and "there".   The badges, were least visually appealing.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 9 years ago

Thanks, Brad.  I noticed the new badges today and the 100 points too ... and what I really loved this week was the back up feature.  Keep up the good work ... and maybe eventually .... these new 'rainmaker badges' can look a little more ARish? LOL (these are just plain ugly) :P
Why not just remove the whole rectangle, and leave only the AR raindrop attached to the word?  I don't have any brighter ideas right now, but I think it will look better, until someone else comes up with a beauuuuuuutiful one. :)

 

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Dear "Staff Member"....haven't commened to you in a very long time!

Just wanted you to know....you're still#1....and do a GREAT Job (even without a badge)

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Nice, these new features. Points for logging in? My day would not be complete without an AR visit and now I get points...the AR bosses are too kind~

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I'm just conjuring up what to do with the extra 3,650 points I'll receive in the next year.  Can we get bonus log-in points if we log in from more than one IP address?

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) almost 9 years ago

Brian's comment made me laugh...... "hey Brian, great idea....go try it"......

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 9 years ago

Brad, thank you for helping us in making Active Rain a better place to blog, learn and network.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I have to agree with Lil' Elvis up there a few comments ahead of me.  The old circular badges looked sort of cool, these new ones looks sort of cheapie and not much in the way of a nice design.  Heck, even I can put Times New Roman words in colored box.

 

I like the idea, but think the design of the new badges looks pretty crappy.

 

Also, I like the 100 pts for showing up, but you should also deduct 100 for not showing up and clean up some of these old abandoned accounts from people who are out of business, retired, or moved on.

 

Glad to see the site isnt stagnant though.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

You guys do keep us on our toes.  We certainly can't be gone for more than a few days without missing some exciting tool or change.  I love TLW's info about color as well!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I like the new badges! A lot of new upgrades all at once! ActiveRain is awesome :)

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) almost 9 years ago

Brad - there have certainly been a lot of chnages recently - it's hard to keep up. Not sure I get the 100 point thing but why complain about free points.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Like the changes, especially the points.   Thanks!

Posted by Irene Tron almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the updates Brad. Any idea when consumers will be able to comment on Localism? I know you told me back in the early sping or winter that they were working on that.

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad - I saw the new badges and am not really a fan, but I do appreciate the fact that you guys are always trying to improve AR. For that, I THANK YOU ;-)

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I thought that logging in points one was pretty creative on the staff's part... On any banner I just wish it wouldn't obscure ANY of the profile photo.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Sally - wasn't aware of that change, might just be a glitch, I'll have to look into that one.  Just found another glitch myself.  I typed in the wrong keyword at the bottom and lost my entire response to all these comments.  That's a glitch for sure and the way I type and mispell, we'll need to get that corrected too.  Let's see if I can type karanda this time...    lol~

Paul - if you are putting in tickets to AR and they are not getting addressed, I need to know about it.  Just to clarify that the "Report a Concern" link you mention and see in the comments is just to report spam or other concerns with that comment, you won't get any kind of response back from those. We deal with them behind the scenes.   If you use the "Contact ActiveRain at the bottom of every AR page, we will always get back to you.  Writing a Blog post about any issues you may be having may or may not get spotted by our staff, you'll get a much faster response and result by using the contact AR link.

Christine - that's wipe domain tool is for those who accidentally make a booboo.  IE:  I want my OB domain name to be MyOutsideBlog.com but I accidentally call it MyBoutsideClog.com(something I'd do... haha!)   Not a problem if you want it corrected now, just wipe it and register a new domain name for it.  Hope that makes more sense.  Only to be used when the domain name linked to your outside blog is or has a problem.

Well at least the new badges don't obscure the members photos anymore.  Maybe we can have the designers try to come up with some other ideas. The reality is that no matter what we come up with, we will never please every single member, but we will continue to try for sure.  Maybe we shoiuld have a contest and let YOU guys come up with some designs???  That could be kinda fun and exciting?

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Very cool - as usual! the Active Rain Rock Stars at it again!

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad, the RSS feed has been on my list of things to figure out. Too tire right now but I know that if I follow your instructions and I can't do it, you're always there to help. Til Tomorrow. :)

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad.  Love the extra 100 - gracias!  Ouch on the badges, huh?  Don't you love retaggr?

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA (Cameron Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

Wow!  Thank you for the extra points, who doesn't like extra points?  I love Active Rain!

Posted by Tim Krueger (Morovish Properties) almost 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I didn't do my homework. I have a couple of good excuses though: 

1. The cat ate my mouse.

2. The dog ate the cat, before I could dissect the cat, to retrieve my mouse.

3. The alligator ate the dog, before I could dissect the dog, to get to the cat, that ate my mouse.

P.S. Consider that either a Value added comment or a load of Crap. You choose :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad - What size should our profile photos be so that they're not obscured by the badges? Your photo looks like it sits just above the badge rather than the bottom being covered by it.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 9 years ago

I was wondering about this change this morning as I logged in.  Now this post make clear the changes you have added. You guys are always "brain storming"  .... I do love the free points,  "thanks so much!"

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth nh real estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

By the way,  where is the information on extra points.....I've missed this I gues..

Patricia Aulson

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

Brad...

AR has really evolved over the last few years, and it's always great to see everyone trying to improve the system every day.

I wasn't crazy about the 100 login points at first but after thinking about it, so much MORE reason for MORE members to log in every day, and that's a good thing!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 9 years ago

I love it. I get rewarded for doing something I love to do! Thanks

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 9 years ago

Thanks TLW for the laugh, I needed one today! 

As usual, more cool stuff coming from AR, now I get points just for breathing (online breathing that is). 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, I'd pass up on the extra 100 points just to have that glitch with the misspelling of the secret word fixed.  It happened to me again yesterday and it's such a pain.  I know other members have mentioned it also in the past. 

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

B-Rad !

Thanks for the explanations and updates !  I saw the 100 log in pts this morning - thank you ! I saw the badge adjustment - looks fine, wasnt aware of the wipe feature (although there's just something weird about the word 'wipe' ??) and the RSS feed addition is very cool !

So thank you to you and your A|R peeps for the constant efforts to improve !

Cheers !

Sheldon

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 9 years ago

I like the new look.  Nice to see continuous improvement.

Posted by Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) almost 9 years ago

How great, must admit I like points and was surprised to see the 100 pts today and now I know why.

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Brad - I Love Points!!!  I haven't read anything about the RSS feed, so that's something I definitely need to learn about.  Thanks!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) almost 9 years ago

Brad - I'm with Alfonse on the new badges.  They just seem to lack something.  I know it's hard to please all of us though, so I'm sure it will work out in the end, one way or the other.  Perhaps it's just that they're too square?

PS I just got beat by the misspelled word too.  Although I swear I spelled it correctly.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the information on the updates.  I do like the look of the new badges they make for a cleaner look.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 9 years ago

Ok, so if I log in and out 300 times today, can I pass Jim?  Oh, nevermind... it only works once a day...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks!  I must not be an old dog . . . 'cause I'm learning new tricks ALL the time here on AR!!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 9 years ago

WoW! Activerain keeps getting better and better. Thanks!

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I actually sent in an email about that glitch a long time ago, and when nothing was done, I assumed there was a reason, so I've learned to copy my text, before I type the word, just in case ... and of course, I sometimes have to paste the text back, because I lose it ... but it beats retyping it. :)

 

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Wow Brad you got so many comments! if you were an agent you would be millionaire, hahaha

Thanks for the infor buddy.

Carlos Morales

 

Posted by Carlos Morales (Re/Max Homes and Estates) almost 9 years ago

Brad - I was in the middle of my blog this afternoon and the badge all of a sudden changed.  Now I know.  You guys are terrific making AR getting better and better.  Thanks for the extra 100 points.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, I saw the 100 pts earlier and much confusion until I read your post. Thanks so mcuh for all your hard work and improvement to AR.

Posted by Monique Hailer, South West Florida & Southern Maryland Homes (Schooner Bay Realty., Inc. & CENTURY 21 New Millenniun) almost 9 years ago

Allways good to learn about improvements, thank you for the ongoing support. THere is always something to learn

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

As AR evolves, it continues to improve.

 

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Brad ~ Also not a huge fan of the new badges, but appreciate the continued efforts to improve the site. 100 points for showing up?? Like Jeff I'm not sure I get it, but who's going to complain about getting points? I guess I'll make it to 10,000 all the sooner now...:-)

 

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) almost 9 years ago

Brad - I like the fact that Activerain continually upgrades and improves its platform.  However, you didn't mention the changes associated with tools deleted in this recent upgrade.  I liked the feature that allowed you to identify the top 100 most subscribed Activerain bloggers - as well as the the feature that allowed you to do the same by state.  It is no longer on the subscription page.  Is it located somewhere else or is it no more?  I really liked the feature and helped me sort through who to read - especially early now.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) almost 9 years ago

Brad: As always.. you guys and gals are making great strides here in the rain. The new points are great too... Does this affect the other points system for comments, ect ?

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for all the updates.  I need to keep updated with all the changes coming fast and furious

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) almost 9 years ago

Brad- I never stopped "showing up", but haven't written that much in the past few months.  Now you've made me feel guilty, getting 100 points just for showing up.  I guess I'll have to get back to blogging and commenting. 

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad ~ Great to hear about the updates. 100 points huh? Cool!

Any word on the Professional category?  It hasn't worked since the blog roll format was changed and truth be told I can't hack making my way through the "All" category. It's been interesting - I've run into some bloggers I've never read before  -but I all in all I don't really enjoy it - it's just too much.  I **really** miss the Professional category.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 9 years ago

Isnt' is strange that relatively normal adult... pretty much do anything for points.. ;)

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) almost 9 years ago

I love the free 100 points.  I like the new changes as well.

Posted by Deborah Wilson, Stark County OH Real Estate (Hackenberg Realty Group) almost 9 years ago

The changes are great... I am sure everyone will enjoy the points for logging in!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 9 years ago

Brad-you guys certainly keep us on our toes.  I saw the 100 points for logging in today and couldn't figure that one out (glad to have it though) but your post explains it. 

     Don't have a big complaint about the new badges.

     Someday I'll figure out the RSS feed, but still working on the other new tools you've given us.

     And the "wipe custom domains" flew right over my head.  Needless to say I've bookmarked this (as I do all of your posts) and will re-read this tomorrow.

    Thank you for keeping AR fresh.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the very user friendly updates.  I saw the extra 100 points this morning - always welcome - wasn;t going to question it but glad to know why.

Michael

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad -- I like the old logos better.  Glad to see the improvements.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I can't keep up. 

I have had to book mark your last 3 posts and Jeremy's. 

Someday we will have snow and I will do lots of catching up. 

My orange Ambassador badge clashes with my red frame around my head.

Other than that I am happy....and overwhelmed. 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 9 years ago

I like the 100 points for checking in, but agree with the above comment...at what point do you deal with those signed up who never check in for months or years?  some members got lucky and invited the right person, and even though they never participate in AR, they are racking up sponsoring points...

Posted by Pat Tasker, Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI) (Shorewest Realtors) almost 9 years ago

i was wondering what the extra 100 points were. What a great idea.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) almost 9 years ago

Brad If AR did not continue to make changes many would have abandoned the network.  All the hard work is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks to you and the entire staff for how well you take care of us.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) almost 9 years ago

I have noticed alot of members in my area who's point total hasn't changed for awhile ! So the 100 pts. per day will automatically push the now tuned out crowd start to decrease. You know you should start to lose pts. for lack of participation !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, sorry I liked the old badges they looked more like watermarks and was classier.

I like the 100 points thank you. 

The blog thing has me confused and the RSS feed.  Takes time to absorb all of this.

I had the same thing happen this morning with a key stroke that wiped out everything===GRRRR

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad!  Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow!!!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

I wrote a blog about that graphic issue a while back:  So, if I accidentially mis-type the graphic by accident, why do I lose my comment?

I also liked the old badges and I agree with Bonnie...much classier.

Thanks for the 100 ppd...

Thanks for the update.

Posted by Karen Monsour, REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert! (Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach) almost 9 years ago

Hmmm, I'm confused a little by the login points.  I don't shut down my computer every day, so I'm always logged in.  Should I be logging in and out for any other reason?

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad - The ActiveRain team has done some great programming in the current upgrade.

1)  100 points a day just to login. That's 36,500 points per year (36,600 in a leap year).  Wow!!! I wrote a post earlier in the morning when I first saw but didn't know it was daily at the time.

2)  Signature blocks - Great 1.0 version.  I look forward to seeing 2.0 when you implement multiple signature blocks and allow people to use the appropriate one for the post (e.g. consumer signature vs. members only signature).  I've seen several comments requesting this feature.

3)  Early in the morning, I sent a Contact Us comment as well as posted a comment to one of Loreena's posts about the fact that the new Staff / Ambassador / ActiveRainmaker rectangle was covering up the bottom of profile photos.  Don't know if any of the behind the scenes people read my complaint but it was fixed by later today so it looks much better.  On the other hand, I liked the old round badge much better since it looks like an award / certificate etc.  As many other people have said, the rectangle design is very boring and any 2 month old could design it (especially these days when everyone uses a computer at such a young age).

4)  Backup feature in XML - Although I have only read about it and haven't delved into the mechanics yet, the fact that you have the feature reinforces ActiveRain's position that the account owner owns the content and not ActiveRain since you allow us to get it back.

5)  You need to change the "Wipe Custom Domain" description to something else.  It is very confusing to a lot of people, both to those who are very familiar with computer terminology, like myself, and those who have minimal familiarity.  "Delete custom domain name" would be better.  What does "wipe" mean?  Does it mean "clean up the domain"?  The only time I recall seeing "wipe" in a computer context is when security companies say something along the lines of "we will WIPE the data on your harddrive clean in accordance with US Department of Defence or US government standards using multiple writes of 1s and 0s."

Keep up the great work.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Brad- LOVE the new badges- very classy.  Thanks for working so hard for us!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) almost 9 years ago

Happy Birthday.

I appreciate all you do for us, and I think the new badges are better, as they're not covering faces.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad! I was surprised when I saw the extra 100 points just for logging in. What will you guys think of next?

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

      You guys have really stepped up your game. Who knew how great Active Rain would become when I first logged on in 2007?

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) almost 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for keeping us up on Active Rain's constant improvements. Love the 100 points a day!

I tried the RSS feed for the Features on the Home page and it said it didn't exist...glitch I suppose. I'll try tomorrow.

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad -- thanks for the great updates you stay on top of and keep us informed.  I'm not sure why just logging in gets us a 100 points, but, greatful none the less!!  Thanks

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Now the 100 points for just showing up is a remarkable change. How was that determined as a need, now fulfilled. I certainly think it is great idea but I would never have thought of it. Fascinating and the logic behind it would be interesting if you shared your perspective.

The other cool thing is what Jeremy added with the permanent signature line. That is awesome and a real time saver as well.

But I have to admit, the re-condensing of all the business resources blog you have been providing under the business development banner is just extraordinary. One of the things that was brought forth was ListGrabber and people seemed in their comments not to understand it so much. I purchased the software today and it works like a snap. I paid a consultant to move some of my web leads into a site for a drip system. The person I contracted only accounted for about 150  web leads. Now I can do that and so many more things and I am even setting up a new niche and the contacts are all coming form the yellow pages. Now that is cool. I would never have been able to accomplish that. This software is totally worth the samll cost and I am so impressed with AR for bringing it to us and providing for our needs even if at first we didn't even think we had that need.

So, not only are we the biggest network but the staff has made it one one of the best values in any industry. How lucky we are Brad and you have benefitted all of us so much and so often. It gets a little boring always saying thanks. But Brad, Many Thanks to you and the whole staff for making AR so incredibly awesome.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 9 years ago

The changes sound great. I wasnt aware of the 'signing' bonus until someone pointed it out to me in a post (of course). Im still a little unclear of the 'wipe domain' but Im going to play with that and see what happens. Thanks for keeping us informed Brad.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) almost 9 years ago

More stuff to play with and I haven't finished learning the other stuff yet.  There is so much to do and read here.  Thanks for giving us such a wonderful environment.

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Thanks, I'm becoming an addict...I hope the cure is Chocolate.

Posted by Monica Hess, Kentucky's Feng Shui Master (Feng Shui This Kentucky) almost 9 years ago

How do you become an ambassador again?

Posted by Sylvia Barry, Marin and Sonoma Real Estate Leading Expert (Coldwell Banker Previews International (#1 Marin_Sonoma_San Francisco_North_Bay)) almost 9 years ago

Sorry everyone, I screwed up about the "Wipe Custom Domain feature" this is for admin and staff only, it was a mis-communication on my part.  It's one o'clock in the morning here in Nevada, and all I can think to say at this point is "what an idiot I am".  This Post was edited to reflect these sentiments! Sorry about that!  :-(

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad..no rest for the weary.  But Ar now has some neat new things- I too like the idea of rewarding faithful followers with the log in- what a lovely token of appreciation as well as a measurable result to determine who is Active in the Rain.   For those of us who make AR part of our dailt ritual, it is a nice perk.

Noticed the badges... personally I did not have a problem with the old ones.

I did notice the bookmark feature is gone?

I appreciate all that you and AR does for us. Thank you!

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) almost 9 years ago

Hello, Brad. I appreciate the update. I am getting REady for a REal day. I mainly wanted to cruise by and say thanks.

PS: I love your banner. Sometimes I get a bit too intense and forget enjoying what I do is a top priority. Great REminder.

Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) almost 9 years ago

Brad - And you couldn't just go back into the original post and delete the wipe custom domain" statement??? It must be really late or you're really overworked with all of these changes you guys are implementing...:-)

About the 100 points...way cool. It'll be easy racking up 100 points a day ...

About the badges - have to agree with those who like the old ones. Much classier than these new blocks, IMHO. But as it has already been stated, you can't pelase everyone...oh, and why did you change the badges anyway? Just curious...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 9 years ago

Now if I could just get American Express to give me points for taking my credit card out of my purse and looking at it every day....

Congrats on the new features!

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 9 years ago

Gotta give a high five to Activerain... always working to improve things. Just one thought, as the badges continue to evolve in the future...

Don't you think the badges might confuse consumers?  "What does that huge highlighted thing mean?" or "What's a rainmaker?"  has got to cross their minds instead of "This agent seems to be really sharp!" or "I should contact this agent".  I think the thought behind badges is good valuable, but you gotta remember the target audience for many of us (at least some of the time)... consumers... and present the badges in a way that does not give consumers pause. 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Love the 100 points, don't understand some of the changes, and I liked the old badges better. 

My two cents.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks to you and the rest of the team for regularly giving us gifts!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 9 years ago

Thank goodness the rainmaker badges were re-worked in design Brad. It was covering up my legs & favorite crinoline slip...I liked being racy ;)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) almost 9 years ago

I like the new badges and the colors as well.  Thanks for continuing to make AR one of the best places to be on the net!

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad - thanks for the information on the updates that you all are making here on AR.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I've been noticing a few changes lately. Thanks for all that you guys do to continue to improve the AR experience.

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) almost 9 years ago

The best way to be active and competitive on AR is to read all of your posts. Thank. I even got a new idea for my signature. Have a great day!

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 9 years ago

William - it was very late when I made that edit. I did that for those who happened to see that update feature I mistakingly posted, and then commented about it.  Great idea though, so I'll go in and just remove it now.  (The confession has been made in the comments!) LOL~

Regarding the change to Badges, they were covering up many of the members photos and wonderful smiling faces.  Thanks!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Points for showing up!!!  WAHOOOOO!!!!  I should get that since I am on here every single day some times multiple times!!!!  SWEEEET!!!

Jeani

Posted by Jeani Codrey, If you're not learning, you're not living! (The Learning Jeani) almost 9 years ago

I like the rss feed option. That is nice. Also, the points for logging are are nice too. Thanks!

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES almost 9 years ago

Hello Birthday Boy, Hope you will take some time for yourself today! You are always so willing to help and your information is non stop. Again, I may have to retire from real estate just to keep up.

Happy Birthday!!!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 9 years ago

Especially like the new badges Brad.  I still miss some of the old features like the blog role returning to top when comments are made but I really appreciate the attention on constant improvement of an already great thing.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 9 years ago

Get more sleep lol!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 9 years ago

Cool stuff.  I noticed the 100 points for logging in - and thought - what the heck is that about.  And then I saw it again this morning and knew I had to go back and read this post cause I missed something.

Hey Happy Birthday Brad!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the changes and the updates. You guys are always trying to enhance the experience.

Posted by Alan Brown, 26 Years of Real Estate Experience . (Coldwell Banker Montrose Colorado) almost 9 years ago

Great job to you and the team at ActiveRain for continuing to offer us great value added tools. ;)

Posted by The Ross Team Fort Collins Real Estate, CDPE (Prudential Rocky Mountain REALTORS) almost 9 years ago

I love the points. Thanks.

Posted by Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours (Knightyme Video Tours) almost 9 years ago

You gave us a present on YOUR birthday! That was nice!!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Haven - Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Great additions.  Now if only the pages could load on a dial up system a little faster...

Ann

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for continuing to update and improve your site.  You'll never know how much the value of this site is actually worth for learning from all the rainmakers.

Posted by Mike Johnson (Mike Johnson Construction, Inc) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad.  I must admit I don't understand half of what there is to enjoy here in the rain but it seems I learn something every day.  I log in every day so I appreciate the extra points.  YEAH!!

Posted by Marian Goetzinger, Crystal Coast Real Estate NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000) almost 9 years ago

Love the 100Pts per day. It's like the old adage, showing up is 90% of success.Now we'll see real rewards for it.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 9 years ago

Love the 100Pts per day. It's like the old adage, showing up is 90% of success.Now we'll see real rewards for it.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 9 years ago

You are in Nevada and you didn't come see me?  Or is it a vacation?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 9 years ago

As an admitted new "addict" to Active Rain, I welcome the points!  Thank you for your continuous hard and thoughtful work Brad!

Posted by Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA) almost 9 years ago

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

 

Oh, Happy Day, when Brad was born...

Long ago, on a sunny morn...

The world rejoiced, the doctor said,

"Oops!  I dropped him on his head!"

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 9 years ago

I love the idea of points for logging in each day.  Great way to make the community more active (not that it needed much help there in my opinion!)

Just subscribed to the Featured Post feed.

Posted by Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029 (Keller Williams - Greater Hartford) almost 9 years ago

All terrific ideas as usual. Inplementation also top notch. I love the idea of points for logging in. Hopefully will encourage more participation.

Posted by Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty (|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog) almost 9 years ago

These are all good improvements.  I would like to see people get points for clicks on a post, not just comments.  Although comments should get more points.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Can't keep up with all your constant improvements.  Thanks for the gift of 100 points for signing on (not a hardship).  I kinda loked the old badges better, but appreciate the improvement to non-blocked pictures.  WIsh I understood the Rss thing.

Hope amidst working on the changes you managed to take some time off to just enjoy your special day.  Happy B-day!!

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad - Great job keeping AR alive & well.  Now let's get all ARers in ActiveRain tees!!

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for always trying to make AR a better place to be!

 

I think you should go with your thought of having a "banner creation" contest.  I think we'd get some pretty great stuff, as we always seem to from other contests.

Posted by Chad Boyers (The Danberry Co.- Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, & NW OH) almost 9 years ago
Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad - wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Since it's your birthday shouldn't WE be giving YOU points, or I mean, gifts? I mean, don't get me wrong - I love points....especially since THIS COMMENT GIVES ME 100k!! Woo hoo! Have a great day!

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 9 years ago

Hey Birthday Boy...

May I have this dance? :) 

And just so you know, I'm thinking RainJack :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Wow! 100 points just for logging in! That could be 36,500 pts a year!

Posted by Stephen Graham (Inactive) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Boy, I feel so far out of the blogging loop. What are badges and please excuse my ignorance.? Also if I'm addressing the general public does the entire AR community still see is our do I have to post it to the AR community as well. I've got sooooo much to learn but I sincerely thank you for all your prompt and courteous responses to my pleas for help. I don't know what they pay you but I still think you're under paid for the amount of time you continually put in. If you ever decide to leave AR please talk to me. I would definitely make room in my organiztion for someone with your never ending energy and enthusiasm. keep up the good work.

John

P.S. Do you know of any good blogging courses, seminars, conventions, etc that I could participate in that might help me improve my blogging prowess? Does AR ever have any conventions, conferences or get togethers of any kind? If so please let me know. I would definitely participate.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) almost 9 years ago

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all the Bday wishes and greetings, you should see my inbox!  OMG!! 

So here's what's happening:

My wife sent me out for the best massage ever, I came back and she decorated the room, (it's for a surprise party tonight after the show I'm not suppose to know about)...shhhh... room 1269 at the Don Laughlin Riverside Casino and Resort.  Come by and see us...

They said to Rock out like a rock start, so I did!!  hahaha!! 

Thanks again ya'all, this is the best Birthday ever!!

@Virginia - come on by, we're here till Sunday.

@TLW - I'll be waiting on the dance floor...   hehe.  :-)

Skynnyn Lynnyrd is Lynyrd Skynyrd... reloaded!  :-)

Don't worry guys, it's just a temporary alter ego!  lol~  What a blast though....

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Be back to comment more later, my email inbox and cell phone are making funny noises right now, I think they're about to crash!  :-O

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Great stuff, as always, Brad.

You guys make ActiveRain rock!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

LOL...

We both know that deep down you really are Blog-N-Roll Brad :)

Absolutely love the photos. Tell your lovely I like her hat :)

And my next song choice is probably more appropriate for the occasion. Assuming of course that I can find it :)

Hmmm....If load enough video I wonder if I can break your phone :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago
Points for logging in? Awesome! Next we'll get points for simultaneously walking and chewing gum while being logged in, right?! Although I don't like gum very much. I do like points. Cheers, Robin
Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) almost 9 years ago

Stop trying to confuse me! >.<  When I first saw that new 100 points for logging in thing, it really blew my mind. O_O

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 9 years ago
Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

So, thanks for the points and all the new cool stuff.  If only I had time ti figure out what it all is! It seems like I could spend a week straight and forget my real estate clients and still be out in the cold.  Just kind of overwelming sometimes.  Do I get 100 points as soon as one of these blogs like this one, or do I actually have to go to the web site and log in?

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) almost 9 years ago

Wow.  Brad, I knew you rocked.   I just didn't know you rock literally.  :)

 

 

 

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 9 years ago

By the way...

Why is that all the really cool people live on the West Coast? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

@TLW - The cool ones get a break on their taxes to live on the west coast.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 9 years ago
Hi Brad, Hope you have a terrific birtday! Thanks for the 100 points..We love Active Rain and all the Google juice...:) grin. thanks for sharing!
Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) almost 9 years ago
Keep them coming Brad.It's good to see how hard you guys work to keep improving AR. What does an Ambassador badge mean?
Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) almost 9 years ago
Hey Brad, You guys just keep finding new ways to keep us engaged and Rockn" !
Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) almost 9 years ago

Guys...

I can't RainJack this Blog all by myself. Or can I? It's not like I actually need anyone to talk to. I love talking to the white space. The white space rarely talks back.

Why do those things always sound so much better in my head? :)

Virginia...

Tax Break? I'm there :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

TLW, If you have to ask why all the cool people live on the West Coast, then you must have not spent enough time here.  A lot of us moved her because it is a 1000 times more beautiful here and more temperate, of course.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) almost 9 years ago
I love the 100 points just for logging in, great incentive for participating. I think I log in every day anyway so this will be some easy points. I think a contest to design the badges are great- however I notice some people in my area that have never done more than create an account have a badge though...possible glitch??
Posted by Christine McInerney, The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale (The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates) almost 9 years ago

Happy Birthday, Brad!

The 100 points for logging in is a brilliant way to keep traffic coming. I love the RSS options.

Keep it up!

Posted by Elayna Fernandez, BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful! (The Positive Mom) almost 9 years ago

@TLW - Actually, I have seen some of the Rainjacks that you have done all by yourself.  Very intertaining.  And they can all come back later and listen in while you talk to yourself in print.  If you start arguing with yourself and getting rude to yourself, then that would be even more entertaining.  But of course, you are never rude.  Just direct.  And entertaining.

I guess Brad is playing some music in Vegas - I am 80 miles from there, I might talk to my husband about taking me out tomorrow night to go see them play.

I'll be back.....

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) almost 9 years ago

Brad, first HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Secondly, thanks for all the hard work the AR staff has done...you all have been pretty busy.  I like all the changes.

NOW ...TLW....I will admit there are really cool people on the West Coast....but OMG lets not forget all the cool people on the East Coast....

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 9 years ago
Hi Brad...Excited about all the new changes at AR!! Is it possible to get an Active Rain Points cheat sheet? Or maybe a condensed post on ways we can earn points reflecting the new changes? Or perhaps a reblogging post if someone has already covered it....Thankyou for all that you do for us active rainers Brad! Nancy Flanagan Wainwright Real Estate Virginia Beach Va
Posted by Nancy Flanagan (Wainwright Real Estate---Virginia Beach, Va) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for all the comments and questions and Birthday wishes etc.  I'll be back again later to continue.....

 

TLW - I'll help you rainjack it!!  LOL~ 

Let's talk about the weather here in Nevada, 117 degrees outside!  YOUCH!! 

Gotta run, the show must go on....  

If you decide to get into an argument with yourself, hold off for a bit till I get back...  us west coasters just like to watch!!  :-O

Party starts at 10:00pm tonight.....  come on by....       :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

First - Happy Birthday!!!! 

Second - Love the idea of being able to get AR posts on google reader.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

OK Brad: Where did you hide the RSS button? I don't seem to have one. Could you send me an email and tell me where it is hiding. Thanks.

Oh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Posted by Sandy Childs, Realtor - Spartanburg, SC (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

It seems like you guys are coming up with new additions daily!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Is that a birthday being mentioned -- have a happy one! -- and had noticed the new features - nice.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

Oh my Brad.... Sounds like this was a great show.. Hope you had a great birthday... looks like you did :)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 9 years ago

I loke the 100 daily points, but I miss the old rainmaker badges:(

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) almost 9 years ago
I keep myself logged in all the time. I didn't see the 100 points from yesterday that everyone was talking about nor did I see the 100 points for today. ****SOLUTION**** Log out and then log back in. The 100 points will be there but the 100 points from yesterday will not. Rob in Kansas (who thought only west coasters were getting points!!)
Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas / www.AskRobLang.com) almost 9 years ago

Dear Brad,  Maybe I don't understand how the 100 points for just logging in works - it appears I am the only one skeptical about this.  Do we get 100 points as a limit per day for logging in, or 100 points each and every time we log in?  I think it's great that we can earn points so easily - just log in.  But I think it is not really fair to those who actually log in, create a blogging post, and work a bit harder for the points.  Do we at least have to read a blog post, and make a comment, first?  I have to admit I have been remiss in putting up posts of late as I am first trying to complete my new website before I start driving traffic to it, but . . .

Maybe I just don't get it.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 9 years ago
Brad, I like the changes! I was not so sure about the Rainmaker Banner though. I didn't know it was not working well with some members Photo's. The old ones looked better, but now I can see why the change is for the best! Thank You, for explaining Judy
Posted by Judy Schneider (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I love that the staff at AR are keeping things interesting for us! Thanks for your efforts. As for the 100 points, I am confused. I haven't seen the extra points yesterday or today. Are you trying to tell me something? Looks like you had a "rocking" birthday! Glad you had a great time!

Posted by Marcy Eastham (Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon) almost 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll...

I was really hoping the night crew would arrive. CTann's Club Chaos button is broken again. She tried to get the crew over here but her RainJack flag kept getting lost in space.

Speaking of lost in space, that's where I am at ten o'clock at night. WidowMaker won't let me blog after I take my meds :)

It has something to do with pressing buttons when I shouldn't be :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago
Brad, Thanks for all that Active Rain does for its members. Remarkable. And I also get great information from the comments on your posts! Added benefit.
Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 9 years ago
Geez- extra points just for logging in?! I think I'm ALWAYS logged in. Active Rain is like oxygen to me!
Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) almost 9 years ago

I thought you were doing the 100 pts to motivate me to hit the 100,000 so I can be an Ambassador.  Now I see it is for everyone-  be good  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) almost 9 years ago

Brad: Awesome new badges - how cool is that? AND I see a feedback bar on the side too.....

Cannot keep track of all of the AR innovations. ;-)

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 9 years ago
Brad, As always, thanks for helping to improve the way we communicate with each other! Much appreciated! Kathy Opatka
Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) almost 9 years ago

100 points BAM!  And a comment BAM! 25 more.  The points are an outgrowth of the learning.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) almost 9 years ago

More great features. Thanks for all the work you guys do.

Posted by D H almost 9 years ago
Brad, Did you guys come up with those badges to cover up un-necessary cleavage? I like the 100 points to sign in. My homepage is set to always pop into AR. What is the deal about the signature?
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad!  Thanks for the update! When every I need anything...about online marketing I always come to your blog First!

Is there a way we can add the Feedback widget to our AR site - If we are a paying memeber?  I will send this as an email to you...as I know how much work it is answering comments and you have over 100 of them here so far.

Posted by Heather Moriah Martin, REALTOR - Lehigh Valley (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

My software never has bugs. It just develops random features :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and liquor :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

The truth is out there...anybody got the URL? :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Smash forehead on keyboard to continue :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

All wiyht. Rho sritched mg kegtops awound? :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Black holes are where God divided by zero :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Smith & Wesson: The Original Point And Click Interface :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your Microsoft product :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I thought Broker B didn't let you comment after taking meds....  He must be out setting up one of those counter offers whiles you're in the house having these thoughts and conversations with your conscious and sub-conscious mind on my Blog!  ROFLMFAO!!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

HELP!!  - I've been TLWJacked!! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0 :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

@TLW - OK... I get it, you just wanted to get your 250 points for comment today right here on this post!!!  

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Here's one for ya...., what do you do when one and one makes three?

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

LOL...

And who said I didn't mind talking to myself? Only problem is: you're listening :)

BTW...It's WidowMaker that won't let me Blog after med time :)

P.S. Are you gonna take away my comment points for copying and pasting jokes on your pretty post? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Answer...

Call a Code Monkey :)

I hope you don't mind. I'm just trying to make your B-Day weekend special :)

ROAR :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

When you don't have the Chaos Crew you make do :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

If it were just about the points, then what would be the point? :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha!!!

You have cvertainlu made this an unforgettable Birthday and weekend.  Regarding points?  On the contrary, you should be awareded Bonus points for having the nerve to do some of the craziest things on earth that you do! 

Love you and your Spirit TLW, you're beautiful, don't EVER CHANGE! 

Hugs, Blog & Roll out... 

you know where I gotta go now  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Awe :)

Rock on Dude. TLW over and out :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad...Happy Birthday my friend. Have you seen TLW? She seems to have gone missing.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Actually Brad...I don't let her in the room with me until I've taken MY meds!!! Rock on...

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Awesome updates as usual !  I get confused about the RSS functions though.  Did not find it in my toolbar but went to the link and added it.  I guess I will figure it out : )

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) almost 9 years ago

LOL @ BB :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Property of TLW. Get the hell of my logo :)

For those of you who may not know better...My RainJacked logo, is just that, MINE :)

It's time...Snore :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago
Happy Birthday a day late Brad! Hope you had a great day!
Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) almost 9 years ago

Did my eyes see correctly?  Did TLW write: why do all the cool people live on the west coast?  Am I Chopped Liver?

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 9 years ago
I want to thank all those behind the scenes for all the great features that have been coming out. I still haven't gotten my Localism points though.
Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

Thanks or the info,.... now give me some points!!

Posted by Northern Note Management almost 9 years ago

It is a party time, so I am not going  to spoil it. I miss that feature in the groups where the last comment is on top. Was very convenient to follow the action.

Happy birthday!

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 9 years ago
Thanks Brad. I noticed and like the new badges and points too! Trish Giassa in Crested Butte, CO
Posted by Trish Giassa, Crested Butte, Colorado. RSPS (Homes In Crested Butte) almost 9 years ago

Thanks to you Brad and the support team of AR for all that you do for us!  You guys and girls are just awesome!

Posted by Robert & Jani Bielenberg, Centennial, Colorado, CRS, GRI,e-PRO (Bielenberg & Associates) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the new badges...they were interferring with our pic.  :)

Thanks again for the update

Posted by Dora & Vincent Kwok, CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate (HomeSmart Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad!  Thanks for explaining why I kept receiving 100 points for logging it, I wondered about that.  Active Rain certainly keeps adding so many nice features.  Thank you so much.

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the useful info. I was wondering why my points went up so much after only 1 comment (from logging in).

Posted by Jami Van Den Bogaert (RE/MAX House of Brokers) almost 9 years ago

People keep telling me the points really don't mean a thing, but I have to wonder what the numbers are saying about how many people are just logging in daily to get the points?

Posted by George & Arlene Paukert (Road to Wealth, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hi George - points do move you up on the featured spot for your geographical areas on AR, however since this is a newly added feature, I don't feel there are too many members logging in to just get the points, at least not at this time. Once a member discovers the value of being an AR member, and all that comes with it, points will become the least of their objectives here.  We hope to inspire folks to provide great content and to interact with each other to enhance and grow their business and professional relationships.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad,  thanks for the info.  I learned two things today...The fact that I lost my comment because I put in the wrong keyword is a glitch....That really ticked me off because of course it was on a comment in which I wrote a ton of "stuff"...So then I just re-commented with one sentence.  :)

The other thing I learned is that you are also an August baby.  My birthday was on Sunday (Aug 23rd) although all I did was work on my yard.  Didn't do anything special.  It was just another day to me.  :)

Will the 100 points for logging in be a temporary incentive?  What was the reasoning behind adding that feature?

Chanda panda

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) almost 9 years ago

Chanda - a special belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, next time don't work!!  :-)

Regarding the points, as I'm sure you are aware, there are some members who aren't as regular as others. We are hoping to inspire them to login more often only to find that not only are they awarded some points, but by logging in and participating more often, they'll find some of the great values and rewards that others have by doing so. 

It's hard to remember whats on the menu and how good it is if you rarely visit your favorite restaurant. :-O

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

My next post is being created but it may really get me in trouble!  hehe....

Thanks for the idea TLW!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad, Just looked at my points summary and saw 100 points added for logging in...since I'd been away for a few days I'd missed this change, but I'm certainly happy about the extra points!

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

Posted by The Rains Team, A higher standard in real estate (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the extra points! I'm still just getting used to all the tools available! Like a gentleman said a few comments before, it's kind of overhelming when you start diving in, but I'll figure it all out!

Jealous of your party!

Blake Russell

Posted by Blake Russell almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the updates and love the 100 points per day for logging in!  Happy Belated Birthday, too, Brad:-)

Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Debra - have 100 on me! lol~  Thanks for the Bday wishes too, to be honest....  I'm sure glad it's over.  I thought I was going to be a year older than I am, what a great gift that was!  haha~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

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Posted by Joel Fernandes (eGrabber) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the info. I figured out right away I was getting points for logging in, but didn't know about reporting spam. Logging in frequently also will give newer people like myself a chance to pass by the ones who signed up early but have stalled out and haven't been active in a long time.

Posted by Michael Myers (King-Rhodes & Associates) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the points!  It's like Christmas in September.  :-)

Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) almost 9 years ago

I realy appreciat the way AR is always improving!

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) almost 9 years ago

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