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February 23, 2006

Boston bubble bloggers begin meeting OFFLINE

Fellow Boston bubble bloggers,

Over the past few months, a number of us have corresponded about getting together OFFLINE with other bubble bloggers in Boston / New England.  If getting together for one or both of the proposed events below make sense to you and your blog readers, feel free to pass this on or link to it.

1st Boston bubble blogger meeting:  Exploratory meeting for "citizen journalists"

Several Boston bubble bloggers have confirmed their participation in the following.  If your schedule permits, join us for any of these three:

1.  Starbucks (Mass. Ave & Wendell St. in Cambridge) from 6:30-6:55pm;
2.  Berkman Center (see link for location) from 7:00pm to 8:00 or 8:30pm.
3.  Optional discussion over coffee / dinner afterwards, (Maybe Darwin's, JohnnyDs, or another location.  Call cell phone 617-388-5818 to confirm.)

Berkman's guest speaker from Newsvine should help all of us get more visibility for our individual blogs and enhance our mutual goal, as independent citizen journalists, of informing consumers about real estate market trends in Greater Boston / Massachusetts.

2nd Bubble Blogger meeting:  Reviewing & analyzing MAR stats

The Mass. Association of Realtors (MAR) will be releasing their data on January sales on Tuesday, Febuary 28th.  Should we get together the same day or the day after to review and analyze their statement and what some are now commonly calling their "spin"?

I think we should invite the public to participate in this meeting, and even extend an open invitation to MAR, real estate professionals, and sellers who do NOT think there is a real estate bubble.  (FYI - MAR released a statement yesterday entitled, "Bay State housing market shows signs of returning to normal."

Ideally, we could meet somewhere with a wifi connection for laptops.  Better still would be a venue with a wall-sized projection screen.  I have a projector and screen, any suggestions for venues?

1.  Cambridge:  Darwin's, wifi but no projection screen room;
2. A hotel near MAR, easily accessible from Route 128 & Mass Pike (would require fee of about $150, but we might be able to get a sponsor or ask participants to share the cost);
3.  Other possible locations?  Please post in comments below, or send to recafe@mac.com.

As always, you can call our reader line at 617-876-2117 to record a comment for potential use in a future podcast. 

Bill Wendel | 12:14 PM in Defensive Homebuying, Price trends, Real Estate Blogs: Best Practices, Real Estate Bubble | Permalink

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Who is the guest speaker from Newsvine?

Posted by: Calvin | Feb 23, 2006 5:44:41 PM

Calvin,

My mistake. As I listen to the LIVE session here at Berkman it now appears that tonight's speaker is one of Newsvine's BETA users, not a member of your developer team. From the description online, I assumed he worked for Newsvine. My mistake.

You may be able to find a link to the transcript, as it unfolds here in Cambridge, MA online somewhere here.

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/thursdaymeetings/

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 23, 2006 7:38:50 PM

No problem, I was just wondering which one of our employees was planning on playing hooky right around public launch time!

I read on further and realized that your guest speaker is a user of ours. He's a good guy. Good luck with the session and thank you for bringing bright minds together to consider what we're doing here at Newsvine.

Posted by: Calvin | Feb 23, 2006 8:43:55 PM

Critt did a good job explaining how one can be both a consumer of news and a producer using Newsvine. Loved the ability to create tags and specify regions. Will one be able to create subregions within a city, Boston for example? That would be ideal for creating a network of house hunters turned citizen journalists. It would be wonderful if their perspectives as "embedded real estate reporters" could be created and accessed at the metro level, county level, town level, neighborhood level, even street level.

If you need a BETA site for that kind of collaborative demonstration project, please let us know.

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 23, 2006 9:14:12 PM

We do have plans to implement 'micro-regions', such as neighborhoods. Also, the idea of Newsvine Guilds is being discussed at length among members of the community. Guilds would act as semi-independent communities within the community. Bostonians in the real estate industry would be an example of this. Other examples include language guilds, music guilds and guilds for fans of certain sports or activities.

Join the discussion if you are interested. Just go to newsvine.com/guilds

(feel free to email me for an invite if you are not a member of the beta community)

Posted by: Calvin | Feb 24, 2006 2:08:35 PM

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors is releasing sales statistics for January 2006 sometime today. If you'd like to chat about them online, use this guest access link to join our discussion: http://realestatecafe.campfirenow.com/c6e32

Posted by: RealEstateCafe | Feb 28, 2006 9:16:58 AM

Nice blog displaying the information and sales statistics of Realtors. It would be great if they are also providing online service.
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Posted by: Dimma | Jan 11, 2008 2:51:04 AM

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