I added a stream of the latest flickr photos from the RE.net group…

photos from the RE.net group on Flickr

…to my sidepanel a few weeks ago and it seems to really have picked up steam lately… Lots of new photos showing up every day!   It’s actually a lot of fun to see the stream of new photos on a regular basis!   If you have photos of the people, places and events of online real estate, then definitely join the RE.net group and submit your photos as well!

theFrontSteps launches a San Francisco real estate…

sf-neighborhoods.pngcommunity using ning for the backend.

The real hurdle for a project like this is getting enough people in order to make it a viable community. The 44 members so far is a great start, although it appears to be heavily skewed toward real estate professionals and not too many consumers (at least not yet). Nonetheless, it is worth checking out if for no other reason that it would be trivial to replicate elsewhere if it works.

I like that they pre-filled in a bunch of condos (and neighborhood) groups, but it does beg the question… Why not just use an existing social network like Facebook where there is already a community of people and tools that can help you encourage them to participate (like news feeds)?

LinkedIn, because…

…my facebook addiction runs pretty deep (thanks mostly to so many of my family members joining up) and while I could easily set up another site similar to 4realz, I wouldn’t (easily) give up the freedom of having a personal blog. On LinkedIn the community is pretty weakly connected and really only good for finding another job.

(in response to this question from Todd, more responses under the interview category)