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By Frances Flynn Thorsen | Real Estate Pro in State College, PA

I Found My Twoosh At Houston Real Estate BarCamp

I attended last week's Real Estate BarCamp in Houston for a full day of discussion about blogging, technology, and social media.

Paul Chaney, author of Realty Blogging, returned to the real estate industry and delivered the keynote address. Paul gave advice to attendees about developing a social media business plan that includes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Trulia, Zillow, and ActiveRain. Later, Paul conducted a more in-depth discussion about blogging and we had a spirited discussion about SEO (search engine optimization). Personally, I think that spending a lot of time concentrating on SEO and speaking to "spiders" distracts bloggers from a more important audience -- real live people! I promise that we will explore this issue in future blog posts. I addressed the matter  several months ago on another blog.

Meeting cyber friends in person and reconnecting with older friends in an informal educational setting sets a tone for lots of sharing and brainstorming.

It was great to meet Trulia Voices
Stephanie Edwards-Musa  (Houston), Jason Crouch(Austin), Russell Lewis  (Austin), Erion Shehaj  (Houston), Lisa Heindel  (New Orleans), Ken Brand  (The Woodlands, Houston), Amanda Hall  (Fort Worth), James Wheelock  (Houston), Jill Wente  (Spring, TX), Rick Ratchford  (Spring, TX), Kimberly Fowler  (Waco, TX), Diana Hurt  (Austin), and Teresa Kennedy  (The Woodlands, Houston).

Jeff Turner of Real Estate Shows is known in the Twitosphere as @ResPres. He is shown at left downstreaming live video of the BarCamp event via his iPHONE and Qik.

We shared lots of valuable tidbits, including the fact that there is a name for one of my favorite twitteration pastimes:

  • A twoosh is a full 140-character twitter.

    I twooshed as soon as I got online this morning and it set a positive tone for the rest of the day!


Shortly after that, a BarCamp buddy noticed my twoosh. She counted my characters and twittered back! This is the first time in my life someone has acknowledged my twoosh online and I was very touched, notwithstanding her spelling error. Imagine someone taking time early on a Sunday morning to count characters in quest of a twoosh! I responded with another twoosh correcting her spelling, of course!

More Digital Memories of the Houston RE BarCamp Confab

ActiveBrad captures Paul Chaney on digital celluloid while Drew Meyers and other attendees pay rapt attention.

ActiveRain's Community Evangelist Brad Andersohn captures Paul Chaney's remarks on digital celluloid.

Organizer Mike Price (below) offers opening remarks.


By Jason Crouch,  Sun Oct 26 2008, 20:37
Fran - I enjoyed meeting you during the Barcamp! Thanks very much for the mention here in your post. Have a terrific week! You inspired me to give Trulia Pro a closer look (freebies never hurt).
By MLBroadcast,  Mon Oct 27 2008, 18:47
You were a HUGE help at this event and I made sure to let Rudy and Pete know what a catch you are for Trulia. Thanks again, hope to see you again soon.
Mike Price
By Frances Flynn Thorsen,  Mon Oct 27 2008, 18:55
Jason, Look for an e-mail in the next couple of days for a special gift from Trulia.

Mike, You did a superb job with BarCamp ... I look forward to seeing you again soon. You're the best!
By Jill Wente,  Mon Oct 27 2008, 19:41
Fran, It was a pleasure meeting you and attending a couple of the sessions that you gave. You are a wealth of knowledge that is for sure. I have left Trulia on my back burner but you have convinced me that Trulia can offer me more if I am willing to spend a little time. This week is full but I have put Trulia on my "To Do" list for next week.
By Miamism Sales Team,  Tue Oct 28 2008, 10:42
great pics - I felt I was there with the live Qik's from @respres - and tooshed away also! ;)
By Alan May,  Tue Oct 28 2008, 11:22
Happy Birthday Jeff Turner!
By Stephanie Edwards-Musa,  Wed Oct 29 2008, 06:25
Hi Frances, Thank you so much for coming down here for REBarCamp! It was great meeting you! Love the pictures!

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