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Who's Calling The Shots on ActiveRain - The New "Called Shots" Feature

We have a new feature which I'm sure many of you have already noticed on your "MY HOME" pages. 

Since we released the new "SUGGEST" for feature button, we've been getting a really good response from members helping us to find and report suggested content for the ActiveRain Feature Board.  You'll notice today that we've placed a new metric "CALLED SHOTS" counter in the status area of each members "my home" page. This little tracker tool will tally a total of how many posts you suggest that actually get featured.

Calling a shot simply means you've selected a post by another member that you feel should be featured

To do this, you would have to have clicked on the "SUGGEST" button in the upper right corner of their blog post.  If you suggest a members Blog post to be featured, and it is selected, then you will have "Called The Shot" and get the kudos.  When a member accumulates enough "Called Shots" they'll earn a new badge.

In order to prevent gaming, members may only suggest a maximum of 5 posts per day, so be careful calling your shots, don't waste them, we may have some additional surprises and rewards for those members "calling the most shots" around here. 

Thank you for helping us keep the network growing and for keeping the community fun!  Your support in suggesting features has been awesome, and is making a huge difference for our moderators and for the variety and quality of content that our visitors and traffic are being exposed to while visiting ActiveRain.

 

     

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

Comment balloon 145 commentsBrad Andersohn • June 29 2010 09:59AM

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Hi Brad...awesome idea, I'm sure many will agree. Cheers
Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago
Very cool tracking tool. Aaron
Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (SuccessfulRental.com, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) over 8 years ago

Excellent idea....it will get members to review posts for FEATURE potential AND therefore make their blogging more FEATURE WORTHY!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Brad - This is a very cool new feature and I definitely think it's going to motivate those to make "suggestions" for features that are not already doing so.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Brad, another example of Active Rain's quest for continuous improvement!  WOW..."What Outstanding Work!"

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) over 8 years ago

Ah, I just noticed this on my home page and then came to your post. Very cool idea, and I was surprised that I already have 2!

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) over 8 years ago

Very neat tool! You're always keeping our ActiveRain community moving forward.

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) over 8 years ago

Good job setting a limit on the amount of "suggests" for featured blogs. Sadly, if there is a loophole, someone will jump through it.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Brad, how about a feature that shows us how many times our posts were suggested for Feature.  That would be more beneficial to me.  It would help me to see what of my stuff people are really liking and what stuff is just ok.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 8 years ago

I know I don't read the dashboard as much as I would like too.  My reading list tends to be my favorites or dare I say the featured on the daily newsletter.  I do good to get a few comments in here and there.  I bet this new system will help bring new writers to the top.  thanks for what you do to help this community move forward.  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) over 8 years ago

Always something new! Thanks Brad and Active Rain

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 8 years ago

:*( I AM NOT WORTHY!  It's not on my Home page.  Maybe I need to score 1 in order to have it show up 

And I agree with Jeremy's idea

Posted by Daniel J. Hunter (REALTOR®) over 8 years ago

Brad, It's great to be a member of an online community where the members call the shots.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad. I saw that on my page this morning. What a great idea.

-Paul

Posted by Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor (Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida) over 8 years ago

Interesting way to keep AR a "game" instead of it getting stagnant with just "work" related things... I don't have a spot for calling the shots either, but maybe because I haven't hit suggest on anything yet.

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

I like Jeremy's idea. I'd like to see which of my posts were suggested, even if they weren't featured.

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 8 years ago

Another Great Example of how intuitive the AR Backend is!  The more you continue to involve the users and give them a voice the more we will sing your praises!  

Great Job!

Posted by James Chai, Real Estate Websites (agentlabs) over 8 years ago

I just saw the purple star and had to do a search to find out what it represented; good idea!

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 8 years ago

Brad - very cool new feature. I like that AR is continuiing to evolve and along with the member participation!

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

I've called 8.   I did not notice this until I saw your post.  

That is a cool feature.   

Purple star???

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

Brad - I haven't seen the stat or the purple star yet (oh wait, Maureen above me has one), but I like the idea.  I often suggest posts and then forget to check back to see if they were featured, so this wil serve as a great reminder to me.  I do miss the old school style of suggesting, where you were expected to give comments justifying your reasons, but I can imagine that was a heavy drain on your resources trying to look at all those emails and reading through my often lengthy comments on why I thought a post was worthy.

One thing I did notice - the title/alt tags for the purple star say "Badge Called Shot" - shouldn't that be "Called Shot Badge" (or to make it more in line with the other badges, it should eliminate the word "badge" entirely).  Yes, I'm crazy about the details.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 8 years ago

Man, I need to get this badge because purple is my favorite color! Maureen's (#20) looks FABULOUS!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

I love this, not only will it get us some new different featured members, but it really does like the points system promotes participation.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Great idea Brad!!!  and I agree with Todd, it promotes participation!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 8 years ago

Oh, thanks for the explanation, Brad! I was wondering what that little purple star meant..and I was about to ask...wow...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

P.S. How soon will that feature be available on our homepages? I just checked and I haven't seen it yet...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

How cool...I'm calling the shot on this one....never mind....you're already featured!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 8 years ago

Being a numbers girl I was just wondering if there is any way you could track this!  LOL!  I thought I was a weirdo but I guess I wasn't so much, hahah!

Hope all is well with you Brad!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad. I have been suggesting features for some time now so this is awesome!

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 8 years ago

This really is good because people will not just be reading the featured post, it will get us looking for the posts that need to be featured.

William it is on your My Points.  Bottom stat.

I lied home page... not adding a third comment here... I stand by my "Bottom stat"

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

Brad & the Team

Once again.....quality is upon us in the form of ongoing customer service and product improvement. You have captured the essence of successful business venturing. You can blog and post anywhere.....but there is still only one ACTIVERAIN.........

Most grateful,

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Another great feature on Active Rain to make this community more interactive. I like it!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 8 years ago

What a great addition.  I like it.  I have read some great posts and then later seen them featured, but I had never suggested anything before.  Well, now I will.  I, too, like Jeremy's idea.  It would be good for feedback purposes.  Thanks for always being so forward thinking and keeping this place fresh, fun, and so educational.

Posted by Kim Darling, CRS,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Homes (Keller Williams Westland Realty BRE# 01864461) over 8 years ago

Brad, ok, I have to admit, you got me on the "in order to prevent gaming" statement. I am sitting here shaking and scratching my head, and noooo I don't have fleas.

But great idea!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Brad - Oooooo a new badge for us.. woo hoo... no really a cool idea and glad you guys/girls instituted it. Very cool hmmm I called one but I don't see the badge yet? Oh I guess I gotta call a few more ....

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad!

 

How fun! You know agents love to assert their authority :).

 

Anna

Posted by Anna Swihart (Long and Foster) over 8 years ago

Terrific feature, Brad. One more way to make AR truly a user-based community. Can't wait to get a purple star.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad,

 

Great idea !!!!!!!!!!      

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) over 8 years ago

This seems like a good egalitarian approach that will help make this a more of a meritocracy.

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

I was just wondering about this... i saw the purple star under Sardi's icon...

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 8 years ago

OMG.  PUrple is my favorite color.  I will start scanning for feature worthy posts!!!  GREAT IDEA!

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) over 8 years ago

Nice feature.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) over 8 years ago

What a cool new idea!  I had spotted it on my page and was wondering - and here is your post explaining!!  Always a step ahead of me aren't you?  LOL

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Brad - What a great idea to encourage people to suggest featured posts and to reward them with new icons.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

I got noothing here., i'm telling you nothing,  nothing. its not showing up.

Posted by Randy Dodd, ePro, GRI, TAHS (Rosanna's Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad -- I love this new feature and think it's a brilliant way to get more folks to think about featuring worthy posts.  I'm on my way to getting another badge  :-)

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

This is just another great ActiveRain Feature.  You guys are always thinking, aren't you?  However, I am with Randy, I don't see it on MY home page.  It is probably there and I just don't see it.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 8 years ago

Brad,  This IS a great thing...I love it as it encourages even more mentoring and collaboration.  Not to mention I love purple!  I do agree that I would like to know who/when my posts are suggested.  Even is they are not featured it would help me to build on the momentum.  Thanks for another great tool!!

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) over 8 years ago

Hey Brad, where's my purple button????????????  LOL!

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) over 8 years ago

Awesome!  You guys keep figuring out ways to keep us all involved and playing nice.  This is a great addition to the networking aspect.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 8 years ago

This is an interesting new feature but I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I like how the system is working over all...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago

So Brad, can you quick give me a chance to 'Suggest' all of your posts like this before they are featured?? LOL  I'm a shoe in then!

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto (*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*) over 8 years ago

Maureen - I looked. It isn't there on the My Points screen yet. Maybe before the end of the day...

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad! Is this still being worked on? I haven't seen a new shiny purple badge nor the "attended RainCamp" triangle yet? I attended Raincamp LA.

Is this only for new?  I've shot called quite a few that made feature and outside of that I had the honor of choosing 2nd chance blog for features in which I chose the features for an entire week. Tough week! 

How exciting!

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) over 8 years ago

A little motivation for people to actually read the posts by other members.  I love it!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) over 8 years ago

Hey Brad, cool idea to be able to suggest feature posts. 

 

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) over 8 years ago

Cool....I'm glad you have the limit on it...that'll curb the appetites of many lol

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 8 years ago

Very clever. With so much rich content from the members this will be easy to do.

Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) over 8 years ago

Howdy and afternoon to you Brad

The AR new feature Called Shots is not on my home page at this time, with is about 3:40 P.M. EST. Which actually its not really a big deal. I can actually tell you the number of blog posts, that I clicked on the flag, when it was being used, and the suggest button that has been Featured of members by AR, out of all the blog posts by AR members that I have done that for . A big fat 0

 

I also know that of the many of my blog posts that have been suggested by other members only one was featured by AR. I'm sure that I know why.



You know something, thats really AR's lost. For they were some really good blog posts that could have help the AR community even more outstanding.

Have a good one
Dale  

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 8 years ago

Brad- you guys love gadgets more than I do.  I love this one, and like Jeremy (#9) how about a way to see how many people "suggested" your post.  I recently had one of my posts featured and I know it was because of the "Suggest" button. 

Thanks for continuing to improve ActiveRain.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 8 years ago

Brad - Love this idea.  Should I already have this on the "MY HOME" page?  I was just thinking yesterday that I would love it if AR offered the buttons that would allow me to share content elsewhere (like Tweet Meme). 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 8 years ago

Brad, I think this is a great idea.  We might read something that would really benefit other members and this gives you a chance to feature it.

 

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad.  Great idea.  How many called shots in order to get the purple star?!

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 8 years ago

Wow so far I'm clueless with a big ZERO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Bazinga!!! There it is on my home page!!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 8 years ago

Brad:  I'm a "stataholic" so I really like this new feature!  Plus, I've always wondered what happened after making a suggestion.  It could be very helpful to know who is liking your posts ... and which ones too.  Thanks for offering this new and beneficial tool ...

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 8 years ago

Brad - I was wondering! I love additional surprises and rewards! Can't wait! Thanks!

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad, An excellent feature and one that I think everyone will enjoy checking now and then. Many times several people would recommend the same post and it will fun to see how that plays out as who actually is responsible for the recommendation.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 8 years ago

This is a great feature & a great idea.  Participate or shut up!

Posted by Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog (Streamwood, Elgin IL Real Estate - RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

Brad, a great way to pick "Features".

Posted by Ted Tyndall, FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 8 years ago

Brad, Love the new feature!  I do read so many great posts and never think to flag them for a feature...now I will :)  Can't wait to meet you in Orlando!!

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

What a great idea.  I would never have seen this if Roy hadn't reblogged it!!

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Remax New Beginnings ) over 8 years ago

Brad, I love this idea!  I called one yesterday so I have "1".  This is going to be interesting because the posts I really like I bookmark for my Sunday summary.   I feel like we're in a competition! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Brad, 

Thanks for keeping us posted on Calling the Shots.  Interesting.  Love that it is such an interactive COMMUNITY:-)

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

that is so cool!! Thank you for this

.

I just saw that I had a Called Shot not sure what it was and now i am stoked!!!

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 8 years ago

Does it count if you recommend your own post? Not that I want to recommend my own, well at least not yet.

Posted by Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker (KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist) over 8 years ago

Great idea for the community involvment.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 8 years ago

Good information...  I will use my shots wisely.

Posted by Claire Record (Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country) over 8 years ago

Maureen, I finally got it. Hmmm....you have to have made a certain number of suggested features that have been featured...I wonder what the baseline for that is?

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

Ok it is on my homepage now.  I have 1, but no purple badge yet.   No problem, will have patience and continue to suggest.

Posted by Daniel J. Hunter (REALTOR®) over 8 years ago

how neat!

Posted by Jose Iniguez (Lighthouse Consulting Group) over 8 years ago

Love the creative juices that continue to flow in AR headquarters. One more great way to keep members engaged and interacting (not to mention plugging the "why isn't my post featured" whining).

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) over 8 years ago

Very cool feature Brad. The new feature board looks good too. Great to see new faces on it. Well done.

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

Sounds like a cool new idea.  I guess I'm a bit behind on everything here, I've got to catch up!

Posted by Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) over 8 years ago

That is a fun new feature. i just noticed it right before I read the post.

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

I just noticed the called shots stat on my home page and thought.... what's that? As usual, it took less than a minute to find that you had already answered my question with your post.

I hope I get to meet you at RainCamp Boston to thank you in person for being such a great Community Manager! :D

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 8 years ago

Brad - great idea, how long do you go back for the "calling the shots"?

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Ok, it's appearing on my site now, but I also just noticed people have Raincamp badges, but I don't see one under my name... I was definitely there... I even got the memo to wear Red that day! Where's my badge??

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

Awesome new feature!!  

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 8 years ago

Like the idea ... we shall see how it catches on!

Posted by Susanne Novak, ABR, FIS, GRI (RE/MAX 24/7) over 8 years ago

Okay! This is pretty cool but it also reminds me of a song (big surprise huh?) by local Austin Band Timbuk 3...Big Shot in the Dark!

Thanks for continuing to create new and useful ways to find great posts!

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

I just love Active Rain and how you guys and gals take an Active part in all of our individual business'.  Now I am off to check my home page...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Nice feature... I hadn't noticed it yet.  Thank you for sharing this post.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / www.AskRobLang.com) over 8 years ago

Great way to keep the AR community involved ... and when you put a number to it, that only riles up the 'Type A's' even more!

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

I got my badge and feel like I am in girl scouts again!  Purple's my fav color!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago

Brad...

This is an awesome feature, and I'll try to suggest my quota every day!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Another great tool

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) over 8 years ago

Very cool Brad! Active Rain just keeps coming up with more fun stuff.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 8 years ago

This may be a stupid question but I don't always see the suggest button.  Is it on every post before it's featured?

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 8 years ago

That's awesome! I'm number 100 here! :-)

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 8 years ago

Brad, It was only recently I learned about the suggest button from someone who commented on my post! This is cool. Active Rain is amazing …thanks for continuing to grow with the community.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 8 years ago

Brad,

I know I'm hijacking your post, but it's for a good purpose.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Debra!  (It's still the 29th here in Tucson.)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 8 years ago

Thanks Mike, I'll let her know, we just got back home right now, and I see I have quite a few comments to respond to here. 

Thanks for remembering her Birthday, that will mean a lot to her I know. You Rock!!   :-) 

You called it!  lol~

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

I really like the ability to suggest posts for features though still not sure of the difference from flagging previously.

Also, would love to be able to see who "like"s our posts.

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

Brad - I have really enjoyed this new suggest posts feature.  This sounds like another great feature and looking forward to using it.

t

Posted by Tom Ramsey (Century 21 Northland) over 8 years ago

I just noticed the called shot option this morning. Did a search on the topic and found this.  Very cool idea!  I am so excited about the prospect of a purple star.  Very cool!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the explanation. Just did a search when I saw the cute little purple star...oh I like calling the shots!

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 8 years ago

Wow, may as well have a little more fun since I am here so often. I read this this AM on your other blog. I have to see if I have that purple star yet...tee hee.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Yep I do...

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Brad, I guess I should have searched for an article before posting mine this morn... but what a great little tool.  Thanks for keeping things alive around here!!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 8 years ago

Another fun AR accessory to strive for!  I love playing the game.

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) over 8 years ago

Sounds like a great idea.....I am sure only you guys could keep up with this one! ;)

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

Glad you had this under the FAQ's, I was about to send in a contact request asking how this works.

Posted by Robby Leviton, Knowles Team (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Nice feature.  I do agree that it would be nice for the person to know that someone has suggested their blog be a feature.  If when you click the button it sent a notification to the poster.  Thanks for once again being ahead of the curve.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) over 8 years ago

This is a great idea and to get members more active and to recognize those who write great posts. Hopefully people won't abuse this and will actually concentrate on worthy posts.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

Great way to get more participation from the members. Thanks.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 8 years ago

Brad...an interesting interactive choice to pass on to "we the Members" I hope it produces some spirited camaraderie.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 8 years ago

Brad,

A good one. Now the featured articles will be more diverse and you guys can take breaks every once in a while.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 8 years ago

I just noticed that little buy today. Thanks for the clarification. I wasnt sure if it was the number of times you nominated someone or the number of times you nominated and it actually happened. This clears it up. Thanks again!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 8 years ago

Brad,

My profile link does not work.  SO I naturally did a search to find out what a called shot was....

I thought for sure I was going to be able to send a shot to a member of active rain....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I've been so busy writing for the free iPad, I didn't even notice. But, you had me at "Shot". This is the closest I'm gonna get to that ammo isn't it? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Just give me...

The damn purple star. I deserve it for services rendered :)

That star is, well, pretty. It would look nice with the whip :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Blog-N-Roll...

If you don't hand over the purple star, I'm gonna make my own, and marry it to my profile pic :)

P.S. Are you coming to Florida? Or what? And Debra? And quit being so elusive. You're not a purple star :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I saw that the other day...  And I hovered my curser and saw that...  its cool!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 8 years ago

Maureen - your badges are starting to look like the lucky charms in my kids cereal.  lol~

William - it should appear on your "My Home" page now.

Bob - you'll need to suggest some posts and have them get featured before your badge will appear. 
(I'm not sure what the magic # is)

Deborah - your purple badge will appear once you suggest enough posts and they actually get featured.  :-)

Michael - haha~  My posts are not eligible... at least I don't think.  Hmmm   lol~

Andi - I fixed your RainCamp badge, the "Called It" badge is a separate badge that I'm sure you'll earn in time.
PS - this is only for new and going forward posts, not retro-active.

Jason - we did add the Facebook "Like" maybe the "TweetMe" will be next?!?  :-O

Doug - I'm not sure what the magic number is to earn the badge, the programmers and tech folks at AR only give me enough to be armed and dangerous around here.  Just keep suggesting the best content you can find around the network and I'm certain you'll earn one sooner than later. 

Julie - you can't suggest your own posts for feature, and you're only allowed to suggest 5 other members posts so be selective.

Judy - you are so sweet, I look forward to meeting you at RainCamp in Boston.  Make sure you come find me ok?

Petra - it started the day of this post, it doesn't go back but you can select or suggest posts from the past or any post on AR.

Donna - I'll get yo your RainCamp badge as soon as I'm done here.  It was great seeing yo there. :-)

Geri - yes, the suggest button is on every post until or unless it gets featured. 
(there's no such thing as stupid questions here ever)

TLW - Better get to suggestin if you wanna go purple!!  lol~ 

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

Thanks everyone for all the great comments, I wish I had the time to comment back to each one of you, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I wish I could do around here, I know that most of you understand but I just wanted to say that. Thanks.

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

Another great idea from the AR crew... Keeping everyone involved and motivated at the same time!

Posted by Bill Risser, Fidelity National Title - Tampa District (Fidelity National Title) over 8 years ago

I received my first called shot. Feels good. Maybe it would be possible to list the posts that we recommended whichac were accepted in the Home history or maybe in the points page. Great feature. It was great to have my first called shot.

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 8 years ago

I hope one day I get to be a called shots master.  I'm definitely reblogging.

 

 

Posted by Lori Cofer, REALTOR, Moscow Idaho Real Estate (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

Hey Brad, not enough hours of the day? hard to believe:)) Anyway great new toy or shall we call it Feature on AR:) Have a great Fourth of July

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 8 years ago

Brad, another excellent idea and like the 5 post per day limits.

US Flag  Have a safe and happy July 4th

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 8 years ago

Brad, This is a fantastic new feature. I love interactive involvement and you and the AR staff have made AR more exciting. I never have suggested a post but I definitely will now I love that purple button. I want one:)  ENJOY A SAFE 4TH OF JULY

BTW, Happy Birthday, Debra, we share the same birthday June 29thhappy birthday America

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) over 8 years ago

Thanks for all these great comments, (and happy belated 4th) I'm glad you are enjoying and using this new feature, it's helping us tremendously.

Kathleen - thanks for the Birthday wish to my beautiful wife, she thanks you too!  :-)

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

Got a called shot and think it is a new fun tool! Thanks Brad!

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) over 8 years ago
Thanks. The explanation on my home page does not show up right when you hit the question mark (it's cut off), so thanks for explaining here.
Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Helps give the local villagers a stick to beat the drum on what is good in the jungle, needing to be shared, spotlights, not missed for all to feed, benefit from.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 8 years ago

Cool new idea!

Posted by Maya Thomas LLC, Broker, Key West FL Historic Old Town Estates, Bungalows (Key West, Key Haven, Geiger, Sugarloaf, Cudjoe, Summerland) about 8 years ago

Gezzz, it took me months to figure this out.  Its a great new idea though.  Thanks AR~!

Posted by Curt Baumgarth, CDPE Realtor Serving the Valley of the Sun. 480 26 (Century 21 All Stars) almost 8 years ago
Cool tool, I am glad I looked it up. I love supporting other peoples good work! Shannon Coe
Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the explaination, but I still don't see too many suggest buttons on posts

Posted by Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ) over 7 years ago

"Thanks for the explaination, but I still don't see too many suggest buttons on posts"

Isn't there's a suggest button on every post? Unless it is featured??

Why would someone NOT be seeing a suggest button... Members Only Posts have a suggest button... Public posts have a suggest button....  Only way there would not be a suggest button is if it is featured... if you just read the featured post (they had a sugggest button and they got suggested as a feature.) 

Or is there any other reason?

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago

Jane - Maureen is exactly right.  Featured post will have the gold star in the lower left corner if they've been featured already.  I think even posts that were written before the "suggest" button was introduced still have it on them.  Of course non members do not see the suggest button meaning the public cannot suggest a feature, at least I don't think.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

I like this feature, I feel like it will make readers more in tune to what they are searching for and reading.

Posted by CJ Davies, Davies and DeGennaro (Davies and DeGennaro Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Thanks CJ - this one actually sat until it got suggested enough to be featured!  lol~  I almost called the shot! :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad, how many "Called Shots" do you have to get before becoming a Called Shot Master?

Posted by Rob Magnotta, Huntington Beach & Newport Beach Coastal Specialist (Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Irvine REALTOR) over 7 years ago

Participate