…I used to get negative comments (and worse emails) for liking Trulia! 😉
Greg sees this as a play against ActiveRain, and while it is true they are going after participation from the same audience (agents), I’m not sure what problem this new site is attempting to solve. Is the fact that agents don’t have a place to “talk shop” with other agents really a problem? And if so, will it really be enough to motivate activity from agents?
At first glance I’m extremely skeptical, but then I see this question from October that already has 17 answers from other agents.
The real answer for this feature may have LESS to do with engaging the real estate agent community and MORE to do with segregating agent conversations from consumer questions. I haven’t played on the site much, but I would be surprised if consumer feedback was saying that the Q&A feature was overrun by agents and Trulia is looking to do whatever they can to segregate the agent conversation without alienating agents so that consumers will feel less intimidated from taking part. Maybe not, that’s just pure speculation.
However, assuming you think Trulia is really looking to use this to build a strong agent community on their site, can someone educate me on the motivation that agents would have to take part in Agent2Agent?