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"And the Password is"..... Blog Tips for Rain Drips

Old school TV.

Growing up, I used to love coming home after school, grab a PBJ and milk, and watch all my favorite afternoon shows on our black & white RCA. One such show was 'Password.' One member of each team was given a word, and they had to try to give clues, using other words, to get the other member to correctly guess the word within a specified time frame.

Here on ActiveRain, the learning curve can seem incredibly HUGE and intimidating at times. People join our community with such a diverse level of knowledge and skill levels. We've tried to leave as many helpful 'clues' as possible to make your experience here less daunting, and more enjoyable.

Earlier this morning, I received the following e-mail:

You've received a contact message from your Contact Form on the ActiveRain network.

Message details:
From: Joan Wickman
Subject: Changing Password and E-mail Address (Sent via Activerain)

Writing in frustration... trying to change and
it is difficult finding the subject in the q&a.

Many of us are the 'Early Adaptors' and have readily embraced/immersed ourselves in social media and emerging technologies. But there is an overwhelming majority of potential members out there who aren't as brave or bold (at least when it comes to things related to technology). What seems easy and trivial to us can appear insurmountable and frustrating to others. As such, we need to leave more clues, and make the learning process easier, especially for new members.

Joan, in answer to your question, I offer the following easy steps:

When you log onto ActiveRain, using your user name and password, the system automatically takes you to your 'My Home' page. Over on the left hand side of the page, just below your name, there is a column of links. Go down to the one entitled 'My Profile (Edit).' Take your mouse cursor, and click on the word (Edit). This takes you to the page where you can edit your Profile information.

You will notice just above the first yellow field for your First Name, is the link for 'Change Password.' If you click on this, you can change your password. Make sure to click on the button 'Change Password' when you are done.

The Profile Editing Page allows you to input and update all your business/contact information, identify your primary markets, and create custom sections to showcase you and your business.

Make sure that you click on the 'Save Profile' button before closing out.

One of the primary goals of ActiveRain is to create a community that fully engages the talents and knowledge of our members for the benefit of our industry as a whole. The Staff at ActiveRain is committed to providing an environment that encourages personal/professional growth, and tools that offer significant benefit to your business.

If you're a new member of our community, make sure you spend some time going through our official ActiveRain Starter Kit skillfully put together by our cherished Community Builder, Brad Andersohn.

In addition, we've assembled a great collection of helpful tutorials on a wide range of topics that you can access by simply going to the bottom of any page, and click on the link, 'Help/FAQ'

For more 'Blog Tips for Rain Drips,' go HERE, or join the Blog Tips for Rain Drips GROUP

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Comment balloon 19 commentsRich Jacobson • January 19 2009 03:31PM


Hi Rich-I'm new to AR, only being here since 1/01/09 and I had accidentally deleted that starter kit so I want to thank you for this post because now I have that. AR is definitely an amazing community and I told Brad that I would be treating it just like school and learn different things at scheduled times. I just think all the AR community builders are awesome folks who are dedicated to making this the best place to learn and grow and also make life long relationships. Have a blessed and happy week. Sincerely Sharon Lee

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Hi Rich - Just stopping in to say hello, wish you a great 2009 and happy to see you back posting lots of good information for Rainers - new and old!!!  You're a sweetie :-) 

Posted by Gail MacMillan almost 10 years ago

Rich, thank you for continuing to help us. So often I will read a blog on how to do something and 80% is clear. But often the other 20% requires another search to understand what they're talking about. It's like learning a new language!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago


May you have a superb 2009. Bette White and Kittie Carlisle and Alan Ladd. That was a show. I might be off on the Kittie thing with "What's my line" but I do thank you for the memories. PBJ; I thought I was the only one that ate those like crazy

Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

Just wanted to say hello and to thank you again for your time and help the other day. And thank you for ALL you do!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 10 years ago

You are fountain of information for all of us and yes, sometimes those of us who have been here for awhile forget what it's like to be a "newbie". 

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Rich, thanks once again for positive reinforcement of the AR world, I will share this with our newer members in our office. Everyday there is something new to learn.

Posted by Richard R. Bell, Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor (Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties) almost 10 years ago

Seems like there are tons of resources to choose from here for new members.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Rich, I have learned a ton of things by going to Brad's turorials.  I can't always figure it out but it leads me in the right direction. If I still don't get it, I call one of you!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Gee Rich... I know that I get intimidated by technology.  Seriously.  Especially the stuff that can kill me.  Luckily, my laptop can only drive me crazy. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

We do need to help the newbies as much as possible. I wrote a post for them last week... *pats self on back* LOL.

I have to say, with anything to do with technology, it actually brings out my competitive side. It's like it's me against the computer or program. I WILL win! LOL. How pathetic is that? A determination sets in, that I WILL beat this machine!

OK. Leaving now that I've shown my true geekiness.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 10 years ago

As much as 'social media' drives me nuts sometimes, this is a MUST as the Y generation is now starting to by homes, they LIVE on technolgically savy businesses / people. 

My comment on this blog is, If you don't take the time to learn new techie stuff and at least pick a few social media sites to frequent, your competition will and you'll be an old school Realtor before you know it.

Katrina Madewell

Posted by Katrina Madewell, Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196 (Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196) almost 10 years ago

Hi Rich... Good post and very useful!  I especially liked the Password analogy and that the pic you chose features Betty White, who, of course, is Allen Ludden's widow.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

great info and thanks for the useful tip

Posted by Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate (Carolina One Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This is good inf.  The more I get into the rain, the more I realize what I don't know.  I really wish that I could get more hi tech, but it all seems so beyond me.  I'm doing my best and loving life, but I feel like the little engine that could.  Not a lot of bells and whistles...jsut a lot of determination.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 10 years ago

Rich, I'm sure that Joan is not the only one with this question, and answering it in your post makes it easy for everyone to learn from.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

... I know that A|R will continue to stay current and on the cutting edge and I look forward to continuing to grow along with you !

Nicely put Rich :o)


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 10 years ago

Active Rain is a great place to be, however, being compulsive in nature (lol) I spent way too much time reading and commenting so I stopped. Well, I,m back and today I'm buying an egg-timer set at 30 minutes, then I just got to go! Will revisit the Starter Kit to refresh myself. There is soo much good stuff here, it's incredible.

Posted by Eva Liland, Realtor Canyon Country CA, Used Mobile Homes - Manufactured Homes (Platinum Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Eva:  You started my day off with a laugh! Egg timer...what a hoot!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) almost 10 years ago