Hello Alan, and might I say, I do like the new picture of Elvis.
I'm with you on the merits of Twitter, Facebook and ActiveRain. The blogging and the tweeting are a huge drain on time. Occasionally, Twitter is useful in telling a large group of people about homes available or a new listing, but the 140 character limit is a real drag for someone as verbose as I. I was once a huge devotee of Active Rain, but the site seems to be inhabited more by other Realtors than legitimate buyers or sellers.
To be frank, while I do spend a lot of time here and on other websites answering questions, I can say that my time here (even as brief as it has been) has garnered absolutely wonderful results! I have made good friends across the country and in my own part of California; everyone is respectful(ish) and I've even come away with some fabulous clients from Trulia. So I'll spend far more time here than at the other sites for branding and for increasing business.
Just my take...
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
San Jose, CA