There has been much said about RE BarCamp in the last year – both good and bad. So I was excited to have the opportunity to attend the one held in San Diego preceding the National Association of REALTORS® Convention a few weeks ago to see for myself. The verdict? I really enjoyed it and will definitely go to another. Not because the bar opened at noon but because I met so many fun and interesting people and learned a great deal. One of the things that I love most about this industry is that everyone is so willing to share. In fact, plucked right from the RE BarCamp website is this statement, “RE BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees”. How awesome is that?
What was even better was the fact that I met so many online followers/friends from Twitter and Facebook. We networked, shared information and talked about social media. The consensus on that term, by the way? That one day it won’t be called “social media” or the “new media” but rather it will just come to be known as “media”. So to all of you holding fast to the fact that you don’t need to learn it because it won’t be around long, well, you might want to rethink that.
As you’ll see in my photos below, all in all it was a fun "unconference" – a bit different from the more reserved sessions at the NAR convention that began the next day ….but then again, they didn’t serve drinks! RE BarCamp NYC - here I come!
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