The Official ActiveRain Guide


Avoid Being the Shadow of Doom with Plugins, Widgets and CRM


Social Widgets have been popular for a long time.

  We have many that track our cookies from one end of cyber space to the next.


New people just tuning into social media may wonder how and where to start.  I know it took me ages to figure things out. 

First there's the social MyBlogLog widget.  It tracks your digital footprints and show your picture when you visit blogs that subscribe to it.  Cheeky you say?  Maybe.  But then sometimes it's nice to let people know you stopped by even though you didn't have any valuable comment to post.  I know I appreciate the visit! 

Next are what the Active Boys call "outside blogs".  Tee hee, we all know Active Rain is the center of the universe yes?  Well anyway the outside blogs are those like Wordpress.  Ever notice the avatars there sometimes have an actual photo while others are blank?


How's Come They Have a Photo and I Don't?

Well if you want to show up with your picture, all you need to do is register with Wordpress.  That would be at The Shadow of Doom! (not .org!)  When you register here, fill out your profile and upload the photo you would like for your avatar and you are all set!


Email Espionage


That's enough of tracking you, what about tracking people who contact you via email?

OK, admit it. We all know we Google ourselves. Yes, it's true.  We will even admit to Googling others, particularly the people who want to do business with us.  Well maybe not from the git-go, but eventually a thought crosses our mind and we just have to know!

Well now collecting data from others has just gotten easier! 

Chrome users who also use Gmail for their mail client (and why not it's FREE!) will be happy to know about Rapportive.  It's a plugin for Gmail users on Chrome

Rapportive for Chrome

Here's an example of an email I received tonight.  I choose it because the person sending it has done an excellent job with her online profiles.  OK so she's the "Senior Marketing Direcctor at Metrolist" might have something to do with the fact her profile is not only good, but complete!  She sets a very good example for us, so let's copy shall we?

Note how all her information comes across nice and neat. 

  • Job description
  • Twitter @ and her stream of Tweets
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • MySpace

If I didn't know Melissa, I could easily investigate her and see what's on her mind of late.  What a great way to strike up common ground with a person you want to affiliate with correct?

Now some will say this is an invasion of privacy or spooky or whatever.  Take note, all of this information is out there, all Rapportive did was aggregate it for our convenience.

Look it over and let me know what you think.  The program was only released just recently and of course like everything new it has a few bugs.

What it's making me think about doing is revamping & updating all my profiles.  If I'm going let it all hang out there it might as well look good!

Kristal Kraft Denver Realtor

Kristal Kraft's Facebook Profile Kristal Kraft's Flickr Photos Kristal Kraft's Google Profile Kristal Kraft's Linked In Profile Kristal Kraft's Twitter Profile Kristal Kraft's You Tube Profile

Kristal Kraft Sells Denver Real Estate

Broker Associate, ABR, CRS, CNE, GRI, ePRO
The Berkshire Group, REALTORS
3801 E. Florida Ave., Suite 400
Denver, Colorado 80210
720-279-4599 ~ direct     303-953-5362 ~ fax

Selling Colorado Since 1984, Serving the Following Areas:

Comment balloon 52 commentsKristal Kraft • March 25 2010 01:33AM


Oh my -- widgets and gadgets -- it goes on and on -- while some are very good -- some pages load sooo slow because of all the "stuff".

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

There are an awful lot of widgets and some are pretty awful but most are great tools for business or just having fun. I have to admit I am a widget knid of guy.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 9 years ago

It's a jungle out there, and there are a lot of scary creatures, and a lot of fantastic creatures in the jungle.  New species of gizmos are being discovered every day.

Posted by David North, for a rewarding real estate experience (Coldwell Banker Bain) about 9 years ago

Great stuff, Kristal - - as always!  I've got to check out Mybloglog and Rapportive.  They look especially useful.

Thanks for the tips and have a great day!


Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) about 9 years ago

Awesome, this is the 3rd time in 3 days folks are talking about Google Chrome.

I am assuming they pull from the Google Profile and all the social networks we have set up there.

I think someone might be telling me to try Google Chrome.

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

Can I be first to comment on the visually beautiful blog post? A+!


Posted by Dave Murray (DMTX Realty, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors) about 9 years ago

Hi KK - "Revamping & updating all my profiles" is something we should all be doing quarterly. Rapportive is similar to Xobni for Outlook, correct?

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

I've been using Google Chrome since the day it came out, and all I can say is that I love every bit of it. The only thing I didn't like was the plugins from Firefox weren't compatible with Chrome. Now, with the new plugin update, I don't see why anyone would use another browser if you have anything to do with online marketing. Great post, I'm going to check out the plugin right now. :)

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the info on that gmail plugin! I'm definitely going to check that out!

Posted by Billy Studstill, First Time Home Buyers, Foreclosure, Luxury (Victory Realty, first time home buyer, foreclosure ) about 9 years ago

I love Chrome. It seems to function better the IE. Thanks for the tips. Not sure if I can keep up with all the wigdets out there.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

Thanks for this information. I have been widget challenged. You've given me a push up the hill!

Posted by Linda Powers, On the Outer Banks (Resort Realty - Duck) about 9 years ago

Thanks Kristal for bringing me into the 21st century!

Posted by Barb Fischer, San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate (Big Block Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the update in the Rapportive plug in. I use gmail for some of my business and this will help.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 9 years ago

Kristal, I knew about Blog Log but hadn't heard about Rapportive.  I am off to check it out - thanks!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 9 years ago

Thanks Kristal for this post. You just helped me registering for Wordpress and get it off my do-to-list! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 9 years ago

Thanks for posting this. I wasn't aware.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) about 9 years ago

What's a widget?  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Kristal has the gift of making what seems to be complex easily understandable to the average bear - me included.  Thanks!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) about 9 years ago

So much new stuff is still coming out!  Wow! It never stops.  Glad to hear about Chrome.  I have a Wordpress site, but have been stuck at a dead end with it.  Can't figure how everybody else puts all that neat stuff on it.  Your post was lots of help.


Posted by Sarah, John Rummage, Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area! (Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233) about 9 years ago

My husband was just talking last night about how Google has invaded our online presence and our life. I can't function without Google at this point.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I've got to check this out. Thanks for another great post chocked full of useful information.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 9 years ago

Cracking up at Brad's (King of all Widgets) comment!


Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Something else for my to do list this weekend.  Thanks for posting!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 9 years ago

Hi Krystal~ There is no getting around google!  Big Brother really is watching!  George Orwell was onto something in 1984 .....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 9 years ago

Kristal-never met a gadget I didn't like!  Been thinking of trying Chrome; so now may have to actually give it a try.

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

Hi Krystal~  I have been hearing about chrome but have never tried it yet....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the info.  I can all be overwhelming when there's so much out there!

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the review. I was unfamiliar with the google/gmail related stuff. Also, I like your social media links. Thery are very original!

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

the gmail email stalker tool is cool - had no idea - thanks for sharing:)

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) about 9 years ago

I may have to go back to Google Chrome. At first I wasn't impressed, so I uninstalled it and moved on. I think it's going to be something I can't avoid...great post!

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

Hi Kristal -- Thanks, I'm off to check it out.  The only thing that remains the same is change at warp speed!

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

I agree this looks a little spooky, but it also looks very helpful in knowing who's contacting us.

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

Kristal, thanks for sharing about Rapporative. I confess to not having used Google Chrome, but will give a try! Already on Wordpress and BlogLog...

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

Kristal, thanks for sharing about Rapportive. I confess to not having used Google Chrome, but will give a try! Already on Wordpress and BlogLog...

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

OK Kristal - This is just so cool !  Great information indeed. Thanks for sharing

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

Hello Kristal - thanks for the great post! I was unaware that of the number of resources and tolls available to us. Will need to check it out!

Posted by Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA, Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM about 9 years ago

360° PhotoKristal,

Great post!  you nail it on almost everything.  keep in mind that Google and Chrome is free but not without a price.  they keep track of everything you do and it never goes away.  there are other features you can use and they will track it too.

Just a thought.  I like the way you think and great posting.

Posted by Vincent Cascio (Black Hawk Virtual Media) about 9 years ago

Some cool tips here Kristal.. Thanks very much.  I'll look into these shortly.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 9 years ago

Big brother is watching!


Posted by Jan Stearns, Marketing Director for Waterville Valley Realty (Jan Stearns, Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley, NH) about 9 years ago

Kristal - Another great blog.... Been using mybloglog for quite some time now...I guess I gotta go in and spruce it up a bit... You know spring cleaning and all... Now is a good time to do that if I wasn't so busy with the spring market... thanks for the reminder about all of my digital footprints I have out there... Hi from New Joisey....

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 9 years ago

Thank so you much - I am going to download googe chrome now and get an email with them as well :)

Posted by Nicole Berger (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty) about 9 years ago

Kristal - I guess it's time to get chrome, gmail and rapportive.  It's just so hard to keep up with everything, you know.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 9 years ago


Hmm, interesting. Something to look into pronto. It is sort of spooky on first read, but then again ...? Maybe?

Posted by Esko Kiuru about 9 years ago

KK - THis is awesome. You are so good at making things so easy to understand. I have some work to do in this regard.


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

I have been using Chrome on my laptop for quite awhile. Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 9 years ago

Thanks Kristal!  I'll get that set up right now!  It's not just about who you know, but who knows or knows of you.

Posted by Doug Grace (California eBroker) about 9 years ago

Kristal, I still have issues with MyBlogLog working properly for me.  I gave up and resigned myself to being a shadow.

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Nice job with your tutorial Krystal. My blog log has to be one of my favorite blogging tools:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Thank you for the psot today.


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

Very interesting.  I have to look into mybloglog.

Posted by Lori Cofer, REALTOR, Moscow Idaho Real Estate (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago

That is begs the question that Facebook has addressed recently about internet privacy...but if you know you are putting that information out there for everyone to see, then I guess the benefits outweigh the possible consequences. Great post.


Posted by Brad Patshkowski, Home Loans Spokane, WA (Heritage Home Loans a division of Mann Mortgage LLC) about 9 years ago

I have been slow to add the widgets onto my site so I am researching how to do it and came across your blog.  Thanks for sharing some options.  It sounds like mybloglog was discountinued by Yahoo recently.


Posted by Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) almost 8 years ago