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Virtual real estate community: The next big thing

Using the Web to build professional networks
Published on May 4, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif.–"MojojoJoe," a member of a discussion group for real estate and mortgage brokers on social networking Web site Tribe.net, wanted advice on how to obtain a real estate license. Using Tribe, he obtained some ideas on where to start from a person he otherwise might never have known. MojojoJoe and a dozen others belong to a "tribe" dedicated to discussions about the real estate business. The tribe format enables them to communicate with realty professionals around the globe, discover new ideas about the business and engage in professional networking. The growth in social networking Web sites, or virtual communities, and their impact on how people live was one topic of a panel discussion, "Revisiting Virtual Communities: The Internet's Impact on Society and Politics," at U.C. Berkeley Friday morning. Panelists focused on politics as one facet in which people are using the Internet to create social change. Take an Inman News survey on social networking. Real estate gro...

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