Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

As soon as there is an alternative that my fb contacts move to, then I'll be gone. I have no allegiance to Facebook - but I do want to keep in touch with everyone I currently keep in touch with, so for now, I continue to use it.

I never thought things I posted on there or did on there was secure anyway.

Mar 28, 2018 03:12 AM
Rainmaker
4,116,816
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yes... nothing I have on Facebook is that sensitive from a personal basis. Not sure this all that different from how Google follows us, etc.

Mar 28, 2018 04:26 AM
Rainmaker
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

yes, it is a huge part of my business, ( lots of referrals from it)

 

Mar 28, 2018 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
960,861
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I still use it but have never really done much with it. It is mostly used for groups, such as real estate discussions and such.

 

Mar 27, 2018 10:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't take it seriously at all.  I've been in the Info Sec world for a long time and have done many "research projects" on social media for employers that have lead to people being terminated.  Anything you post on social media, even in a private group, is considered no different than standing on a busy street corner with that same message on a sandwich board.  Why do I say that?  Because that was the ruling in a court case about comments made in a private FB group that lead to an employee being terminated.

 

Whether FB sold the info to a third party, or a third party used OSINT techniques to crawl FB and scrape the info (like Zillow did to Realtor.com) it's all public information with zero expectation of privacy.

Mar 28, 2018 09:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I continue to be on FB

Mar 27, 2018 10:37 PM
Ambassador
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     If you don't do anything else, get Facebook out of your cell phone.  See an IT person to make certain it is scrubbed.

Mar 27, 2018 10:30 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Praful I hardly use FB, Diane has not been on it for over two plus years... all I do is push my AR posts out... anyone who wants to reach me calls me on my mobile or they Email me...Endre

Mar 27, 2018 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Yes, I have changed the  privacy settings. 

Mar 28, 2018 06:20 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The thing is, they already have all your info. Quitting now still means they already have your info. PLUS I am not sure where, why or how anyone thinks that anything you post online is private anyway?

Mar 28, 2018 05:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I'll continue to use both my personal & professional Facebook accounts.  I'm really not sure how any of this is different than the scrutiny that countless/most companies put us all under for their own marketing efforts...  

Mar 28, 2018 04:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Yes. These type of things happen with lots of companies. Experian and Yahoo for example.

Mar 28, 2018 03:39 AM
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Yes, I will continue to use it. Both in a personal and professional capacity.

Mar 28, 2018 02:52 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

All of our data has been leaked so many times, those russians know everything they need to know about us by now.

Mar 28, 2018 11:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Praful,

I took it very seriously many years ago, And we rarely go there. A

Mar 28, 2018 08:06 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I just don't put on Facebook stuff that is so private that it might harm me. I'm aware it's a money maker for those who do surveys or those who want to target me for specific ads. Nothing is "free" in this world. So, yes, I will stay with facebook, in fact am having a new business page built for me, look for "Rothwell Realty Monterey Peninsula".

Mar 28, 2018 07:59 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Status quo for me.  I never had FB on my phone. 

Mar 28, 2018 07:22 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Whatever! We all live in a big plastic bubble.

Mar 28, 2018 06:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Praful Thakkar Whether you continue to use Facebook or not, they still have all your data. I heard this morning that Facebook is not a social media platform, but a data mining platform. Nothing is safe on the Internet.

Mar 28, 2018 06:26 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I was reading a post yesterday that tells you how to download 'their data' or also known as YOUR data. I guess the spread sheet that comes is pretty enlightening. Many had forgot that if you have the FB app on your phone, it swipes all that data also.

I don't know what I am going to do. I will come back to post that article.

Mar 28, 2018 05:29 AM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Sometimes it is a wonder that Scot, Kimberly&Clark, and Cottonelle do not advertise more there with the amount of  **** posted there!

Mar 28, 2018 04:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Always assume a mic is on or images / videos / account information / etc is sensitive and being recorded... Hack of gmail with purchasing and pay pal would be more serious Praful Thakkar . And AR spam bugs... ActiveRain Real Estate Network HQ needs to equip us all with phasers on stun to zap the comments we see that are spammy ad should not be hitching a ride or slowing down the machinery. Reported it alone is too slow. Did we lose the delete button option?

Mar 28, 2018 04:02 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I seem to be using it less and less. Will I stop? I doubt it.

Mar 27, 2018 11:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not the first time.... 

Mar 27, 2018 10:12 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

none of my information on facebook is intended to be private or it wouldn't be on facebook.  It changes nothing.  I always thought they were selling everything they knew

Mar 29, 2018 07:56 PM
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I use Facebook for family and friends and will continue to do so.

Mar 29, 2018 05:38 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I will not at this point change my usage. I use it very modestly.

Mar 28, 2018 07:02 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't do anything much that gives out pesonal info that can be used against me

Mar 28, 2018 06:50 PM
Rainmaker
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PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
Modern Tools for the Modern Agent

Facebook continues to be a powerhouse in terms of it's marketing and networking capacity. We'll be sticking around. - Tim

Mar 28, 2018 11:46 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Yes. I am more active on Facebook than on ActiveRain.

Mar 28, 2018 11:09 AM
Rainer
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Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

I'll continue to use it.  In fact I just got a FB account late last year!  For many years, I was totally against big data especially google and all their services.  Back then I would warn people about their data harvesting, but people did not care because they got to use cool services in return for their data.  So I'm actually surprised now at the amount of people upset.  Why now?  You knew they were collecting your info for years!

Mar 28, 2018 10:41 AM
Rainer
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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

 I don't post much. The part that concerns me is the access they have to the information on my phone. 

Mar 28, 2018 09:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

FB's defense is that users could've done more with their privacy settings; most of us did not.

Mar 28, 2018 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
2,641,652
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Left that clique a long time ago....

Mar 28, 2018 07:24 AM
Rainmaker
2,023,900
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

worse is yet to come

Mar 28, 2018 06:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't use it for personal use now (nor have I ever in the past).

Mar 28, 2018 05:54 AM
Rainmaker
3,069,984
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Rarely - and the key personal info I had on it was intentionally inaccurate just in case of this type of event...

Mar 28, 2018 05:39 AM
Rainmaker
1,027,385
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I have always assumed the worst about what happens to the data we place online, so I'm not surprised. 

Mar 28, 2018 05:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

It's The Internet.

Nuff Said.

Mar 28, 2018 05:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Yes.  I don't post about personal stuff.

Mar 28, 2018 05:03 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I will continue to use it as I always have.  I've always assumed that as soon as I start using free programs, whether it be Facebook, Google, etc., these folks are NOT doing it for pure benevolence.  I'm giving up privacy for convenience, and I'm willing to make that trade.  They're not changing the way I vote or purchase, so the jokes on them :)

Mar 28, 2018 04:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Mar 28, 2018 04:56 AM
Rainer
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I have an account, but I rarely use it. I have thought about deleting if for about two years now. I am fed up with Facebook.

Mar 28, 2018 04:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Yes, but cautiously!

Mar 28, 2018 04:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

Absolutely.

Facebook is a big part of our business here at LAER and SOC....

 

Mar 28, 2018 03:18 AM