I’ve been enjoying the ease of posting over on the 4realz Hotlist, so if things have been light here, it’s only because it’s so fast and fun over there. Definitely check it out and consider signing up to write your own microposts.
Also, the first day of BlogWorld (the REBlogWorld portion) has been a blast (Jeff has a great writeup on my presentation) and a bunch of others blasted the twitter world with updates and photos.
And finally, I sent out another weekly email this morning. Of course, the bulk of this week’s links and stories were from the credit crunch (ouch). If you want to get an update that summarizes the most interesting happenings around the online real estate space from the past week, it’s as easy as signing up!
What a fun week on the 4realz Hotlist… I wasn’t exactly sure what type of microposts people would throw up, but was pleasantly surprised at the results.
There’s a lot of stuff going up on the Hotlist, so if you’re low on time, here are the highlights from the past week:
Huge News of the week: “Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced plans Sunday to take control of troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, replace the companies’ chief executives and provide up to $200 billion in capital to restore the firms to financial health. The Treasury’s plan puts the two companies under a conservatorship, giving management control to their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA. In return for agreeing to provide as much equity capital as needed later to cover losses stemming from mortgage defaults, the Treasury gets $1 billion of preferred stock in each company without providing any immediate cash.” (hotlist)
Ardell put together a great post on lease purchasing that (on comment #200) earned this great praise from Benjamin Day of Colorado: “So for all the mundane details, the legal citations, the everything elses… THANK YOU from the real estate world.” (hotlist)
I think it goes without saying that I’ve been doing all my microposts on the 4realz Hotlist and going to save 4realz.net posts for the more traditional (but infrequent) blog posts. The beauty of the Hotlist is that you can join in with me in documenting anything of interest that’s going on around the web and help get you featured on both 4realz.net and my email newletter.
I’m a huge fan of releasing interesting projects and seeing where the community will take things. In terms of experimentation, the Hotlist has been a huge success, and I want to thank the dozens of folks who have signed up… and especially those who have posted microposts and/or comments.
In the past day, we’ve had some great posts and I found out about some great posts that wouldn’t have otherwise crossed my plate. Here’s some highlights:
BiggerPockets releases a digg-like social network… Because they’ve got a built-in community, I give them more potential than some of the other similar tools that have withered and become spam centrals.
It was at that point that I knew I had to move 4realz.net to a self-hosted environment so I could realize this long-held dream and open up the site to the rest of you. Well, after messing with the code for a while to get the site to operate just how I wanted, I’m ready to release what I’m calling the 4realz Hotlist.
So, here’s the idea… Once you register with the Hotlist you’ll be able to submit articles to be published on the site. And because I’m going to be very liberal in what I let get published on the Hotlist, it just became quite trivial to give yourself a link from the 4realz.net domain.
Here’s one way to think about the 4realz Hotlist. After you write a blog post that you know is great, think to yourself: why did I write this post? If you can sum it up in one sentence, then publish that one sentence as your 4realz mini-post along with a nice link back to your site.
With that said, don’t limit your activity to simply promoting your own stuff. You can also use the Hotlist to promote just about anything interesting you find on the web. And if you check out how I’ve been using the tool over the past few weeks, you’ll see that I’ve been embeding YouTube videos, photos, and generally linking out to anything that catches my eye.
But here’s the catch, I really want to encourage clever, interesting and/or insightful mini-posts. So to put the incentives in the right places, I’m going to publish the highlights each week here on 4realz.net (Carnival of Real Estate style) AND include the highlights in my weekly emails that go out to many of the most influential people in online real estate. This means that a clever one-liner is likely to get you some great traffic, some nice inbound links, and in front of some interesting people.
But enough about the tool… You really have to try it out to get a feel for how cool it is to publish a blog post from the homepage a blog, so get over to the Hotlist, register for an account and start posting!