Looking Back at My Favorite Posts for 2008
The last day of the year seems like a good time to look back at my favorite posts from 2008. Without any ado, they are, in chronological order:
- Open Letter to Yahoo!, Google, Trulia and Zillow, Encouraging Data Standards. This post has resulted in some good work on a syndication standard within RETS.
- Videos in the MLS and the Long Tail of Real Estate Search. Video hasn’t taken off as I thought it might, but I still think there is room for improvement in MLS systems promoting the long-tail criteria consumers care about most.
- Attention! Quite possibly my favorite and most important post ever.
- Can You Design The Future? Yes, through your daily actions, that’s exactly what we all do, together.
- MLS Juice. This has legs for the future.
- Making Markets. The blurring of lines between the private and public MLS continues.
- “…ultimately the consumer that suffers…” This could be an interesting topic at Inman next week.
- How Do Consumers Choose an Agent, Part I. This, too, could be an interesting topic at Inman next week.
- How Do Consumers Discuss Listings Today? This is one action toward designing the future.
- Defining Moments: NAR Gateway/TREC and the Open Web. Ideas I still like but seem like they’re going nowhere.
- Ahhh, Weekends in Minnesota. GIven that it’s currently -15F here right now, I couldn’t resist linking to this.
- Analysis of NAR/DOJ Settlement of VOW Litigation. We’re just a month and a half away from MLSs being required to implement VOW policies pursuant to the settlement.
- Videos of FBS Summit Panel on Consumer Facing MLS Listing Portals. The experience of this panel was a game changer for me in many ways, and provides an interesting backdrop to the panel discussion on MLS web sites next week at Inman.
- Heavy Load. The most commented post ever on the FBS Blog, and one that continues to demonstrate for me the value of blogging.
- We Live in a Cynical World of Tough Competitors. I love everything about this post. If you want to know me better, read this (twice or ten times).
- The MLS of the Future Requires Standards. The message of the FBS Blog, being repeated.
- From Many, We Are One! The election.
- Too Big, Not Too Big to Fail. The bailouts.
- Unsolicited Advice for the New RESO Board. Can I mentioned universal property IDs again?
- Big Conversations About Big Brands, Big Agents and Big MLSs. This is part of a series.
Okay, so that’s a lot of favorites. Perhaps I’m too enamored with my own writing. Anyway, Happy New Year to all of you! I’m truly grateful for the wonderful year we had here at FBS, our super clients, all the great people I get to work with, and my family and friends. I’m very excited for 2009!