Yeah, that’s right! I published a post yesterday saying I had 5 ActiveRain invites to give away… Only to say a few hours later I never meant to hit publish on the post.
Ironically, I was approached by someone running a social network offering to bail me out by offering 4realz readers 5 invites to a new project they will be launching shortly (probably later this week). If you’re the type of person who likes to get a jump start on everyone else, then let me know because I’ve already given four of the five invites, so I imagine the last one will go fast!
But here’s the catch. If you want an invite, you have to agree to not talk about the tool until it is officially launched! Leave a comment if you want to take part and I’ll choose someone who who I think would get the most benefit out of the new tool.
…community 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)?