Today’s Roundtable on social networking was…

…a blast. There were so many great insights from so many different people packed into just under an hour. You can listen to the recording here:
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And thanks again to everyone who participated!

And since we talked so much about social networks, I thought I’d link to some of the places you can find me on the various social networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, MyDealBook, RealSeekr. And if you’re interested in connecting up with other real estate professionals, feel free to leave links to your social networks in the comments!

A new social networking site is planning to launch (can’t say…

…the name) for the real estate space in a month or so… and early marketing material suggest that one of their big selling points is that they are going to start with tons of users because they’ve bought a list from another real estate site (presumably with tons of users).   This has me scratching my head on a number of levels.

Can you really start a social network with people who don’t know they’re in it?  Would you be upset if you went to a site and they already had an account set up and knew things about you?

I haven’t followed up with them to find out just what they mean when they say they’ve acquired X number of users, but I’m definitely curious.   It’s one thing if they simply bought an email list (spammy but common).  It’s another thing, if users get to the site and find a LinkedIn-style profile already built for them.

CRT looking for social networking experts to…

submit proposals for a special session at NAR in Orlando!

I have lots of ideas, but I think it could be particularly interesting to submit a proposal for a discussion along the lines of “learning from success.” My idea would be to show a few different examples of how people are generating leads by using (non-blogging) social networks like LinkedIn, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, etc. and tie everything together in some general themes of what it takes to be successful.

I have enough good examples in my back pocket to put a presentation together, but I could ALWAYS use better examples… Are you an real estate agent or mortgage broker who has found a way to tap into a particular online community who wouldn’t mind sharing your story? Let me know!

Anyone else convinced that no one really…

Anyone else convinced that no one really knows what a social networking site is?

New Lease on Life for Friendster?

Among social-networking sites, Hitwise said, MySpace accounted for 80 percent of all visits, well ahead of second-place Facebook, at 7.6 percent.
YouTube overtakes MySpace:

The video sharing site has taken a 3.9% share of global internet visits a day compared with 3.35% for MySpace, according to internet analysis company Alexa.

I definitely think of YouTube as a social networking site.