Dylan Davids…, Real Estate Pro in Steamboat Springs, CO

Is there any way to add recommendations from clients, where they don't have to allow Trulia to access their personal facebook account?

Asked by Dylan Davidson, Steamboat Springs, CO Thu Sep 15, 2011

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I've read Emily's responses on this in the past, and the answer so far is no, because it confirms that each recommendation is genuine.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
Hi Dylan.

Thanks for the question and thoughts. Shane and Rudy are right that the reason Facebook is required is to confirm the recommendation is genuine. Additionally, it makes it much tougher to game the recommendation system as a whole, which happens on other sites.

If you've ever looked through the reviews of some ratings or auction sites you can see that either the person being rated gets batches of reviews submitted within short time frames or many reviews made anonymously - sometimes by a competitors who uses the opportunity to drag your name through the mud. They do the former to make themselves to appear credible when in actuality they aren't and the latter to ruin your reputation. Furthermore, it hurts the truly great people from surfacing to the top - where they should be in the first place and really is the point.

The Facebook requirement ensures that every recommendation is given by a unique individual - with a name and photo attached so you know whose recommending you. As a result we're seeing some amazing reviews being written by users on Trulia.

The future of marketing yourself is not just having recommendations & reviews (testimonials) of past clients posted somewhere online - its taking that testimonial and continually broadcasting it to your client's friends. Requiring Facebook makes this possible by socializing the search for an agent. Trulia can help your client's friends find you and because they can see someone they know who has recommended you, they are 4 times more likely become your next client.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 20, 2011
Thank you for all your replies. It makes sense that recommendations need to be authenticated. It's just a shame, as it makes the resource a little less user friendly. I have found most people are very selective of which applications they allow to access their personal facebook accounts. Thank you again for your confirmations.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
Shane is correct. They need to login via Facebook to authenticate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
Good question, i have had the same question posed to me. I tried it out and i do not think you are able to, it is tied to FB. You may get a faster response from trulia if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on send us feedback on the right and email trulia directly.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 15, 2011
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