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Soon You Can Port Your Phone Number to Google Voice for $20

Mashable.comJust saw this on Mashable.com, going to make Google Voice even better! Google Voice users, this is big: You might already be able to port your own phone number into the service. Google just unleashed a test program a few hours ago.

According to Google, this ability to port your own inbound phone number is currently in a test phase that’s available to certain users (such as us — we were lucky enough to be among the chosen few).

With a few clicks, you can have people call the regular phone number that you’ve been using all these years, without having to teach them to call a different number just so you can use Google Voice and all its Gmail-like features. Simply go to Phone, Settings, and if you see “change/port” next to your phone number, you’re in luck. Click that and you’ll soon be done.

Easy enough, except for that $20 charge you’ll have to pay to make it happen. Keep in mind that if you do select that option and pay your $20, whichever landline or cellphone provider you were paying to use that phone number before might want to charge you an early termination fee. Buyer beware.

On the other hand, this long-awaited feature will make it a lot easier for new users of Google Voice to adapt to the service. It’ll be simple to just drop your old service automatically by paying the $20 and importing that number to Google Voice.

Too bad this capability was not available a couple of years ago when I first started using the free Google Voice service, and told everyone in my address book about my new phone number. Now, I like that my chosen Google Voice number so much, there’s not an old number I’d rather port.

Apple's new iPad announced today!

So Apple has released it’s new ‘iPad”, what do you think? I think the ways Real Estate Agents could use this are endless. I guess we need to wait and see what kind of applications come out for it. http://www.apple.com/ipad/

Do Real Estate Agents really need to Tweet?

Here’s is an article on how Twitter can help Real Estate Agents: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1455837/twitter-some-interesting-facts-why-you-should-be-twittering

The Gist of social media from inman NEWS

Here is a link to an article on inman NEWS about Social Media in Real Estate – An excellent website for Real Estate Technology News http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/gahlorddewald/the-gist-social-media

A simple rule to follow when using Social Media

Always reply in the same format in which the original message was received.

Simple, eh?  Send me a Direct Message on Twitter and I’ll respond in the same manner.  Private message in Facebook?  Reply the same way.  Someone writes on you Facebook Wall and you should reply right there as well.  Leave a comment on your blog and your reply should always be right below theirs.
However, if someone asks a short question “How can I embed video on a Facebook Page?” via a Direct Message on Twitter, your answer might take 27 replies at 140 characters each.  In which case you should switch platforms and let them  know where to look.  “Too long for Twitter – I’ll send a reply to your email “tbogert@gmail.com”.  Now you both know the conversation has been moved over to a different channel.
Remember: The idea behind Social Media is to engage others in meaningful ways.  It’s just the start of the conversation

6 reasons why a Real Estate Agent should have a Facebook Business page

  • 74.1 % of americans online
  • 32% time online spent is on social media
  • 1,388,780 in Phoenix are on Facebook
  • 1,082,000 within 25 mile radius of Phoenix on Facebook
  • 67% more likely to respond to social media message than an email
  • 32% find the actual home they are going to purchase on the net
  • 86% still use a Real Estate Agent or Realtor after finding a home
  • 90% of sellers market house online

Advertising your Real Estate Business on Facebook

Here’s a good article that shows the importance of using social media and having a Facebook presence for your Real Estate business: Advertising Your Real Estate Business on Facebook http://www.futureofrealestatemarketing.com/advertising-your-real-estate-business-on-facebook

8 Steps To Regain Control Of Your Facebook Privacy

Here’s a great article on controlling your social media Facebook Privacy http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-complete-guide-to-facebook-privacy/

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Linkedin

Linked In is a social media site that allows users to connect with over 60 million professionals to exchange information, ideas and opportunities. http://www.linkedin.com/in/toddbogert

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