Kerrie's Blog: Things that Make You Go Hmmmm

Things that Make You Go Hmmmm

Not to get all C&C Music Factory on you but a few tidbits have stopped me in my tracks and tickled my interest. Allow me to share a few:

Pinterest is the 3rd most popular social media network
Yes, 3rd!  I knew Pinterest was gaining momentum and doing it fast but wow!  Facebook and Twitter are 1st and 2nd respectively. Are you pinning?  Do you have a "Homes for Sale" board?  If not, please get over there and sign up.  Install the "pin it" button in your tool bar and PIN dammit!  I want traffic headed to you and your blogs and this is an easy way to do it.  Major, major traffic you guys.

Most downloaded video of all time on YouTube
With 819,149,582 views, Justin Bieber's Baby video takes the cake.  This one was quite interesting as we all know 13 year old girls run the world!  Back in the day you couldn't say a bad thing about New Kids on the Block without hearing it from me.  I begged my parents to join their fan club even though they spelled my name wrong; my sister still refers to me as Kernie when she's feeling feisty.  

Pawn Stars 
Ever seen the show Pawn Stars?  I watched it for the first time this weekend and was intrigued.  A man thought he had an original Booth Wanted Poster after the assassination of Lincoln but it turned out to be a fake.  Well anyways, the reward was $100K.  Quite a lot of money today even.  They also let us know that the highest reward ever offered was $25 million for information leading up to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.

Communities Uniting
The Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs.  I'm not much a football fan, anyone that knows me knows I live and breathe Yankees but it is a very happy feeling to have your city pumped for a win.  It's like we come together a bit more and root, root, root.  Think if we had that kind of unity for other causes too.  Hunger, Youth Development, Homelessness.   

There are so many damn bananas in this world.  They occupy a big portion of the fruit section at my local grocer, my fruit basket and even my desk today.  Think of how many grocery stores, fruit stands and other retailers sell bananas.  That is a ton of bananas! (you may be thinking I've gone bananas at this point) It's amazing to think of the original origin, who hacked them down and how many miles they traveled to get to my fruit basket.  Upon further investigation, Americans alone eat 12 billion bananas each year and bananas don't grow on trees.  They're herbs that grow up to 25 feet.  

Foursquare for Business & Personal
Foursquare is an app you use to check in to places.  It's great because you can see where your friends are at and just another way to keep in touch with everyone.  But the real reason I check stuff!  I've gotten appetizers, beauty products and discounts off my purchases.  Next time you're out to eat or shopping, check in and you may just get something a little extra.  And since I of course want you to stay on top of everything social, claim your business at Foursquare.  Your next client just might be an avid Foursquare user and his or her check in will be shared with all their friends on the site.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 29 commentsKerrie La Guardia • January 07 2013 11:22AM


The only one I use with any regularity is Pinterest.  But, I can never remember how to pin!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 6 years ago

Great musings.  The Banana herb factoid is what I learned today :)

Posted by Brian Olsen, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams (Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes) over 6 years ago

Ron you should SO be doing this.  Install the Pin It button in your tool bar and then click it when you're on the page with the image you want consumers to see.  Create a few boards and start pinning today.  No excuses Ron, do it!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago


My two schnoodles turn their noses up at bananas, but I used to have a Bassett Hound that loved them. She could hear me peeling a banana from the other side of the house.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Bananas are very fattening ..  I love Pawn stars my son turned me on to it there is the one in LasVegas and another in Chicago it is a Gas

Happy New Year would be nice to see you in once in awhile at my post in 2013

Have a Great Day ! Keep Pinning !

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 6 years ago

I am on Pinterest and I do pin but the excitement of it all just hasn't intriqued me. SEO does so I will keep pinning :)

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 6 years ago

I did not know that a banana was an herb, you assume it's a tree based fruit.  I'm definitely rooting for the Seahawks right now.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I have gotten freebies through Foursquare, too.  My favourite was an American Express deal at a local restaurant that said "Spend $25, and get $25 back on your AMEX..."  It worked, too!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 6 years ago

I guess I am going to have to use Foursquare more.  Not sure how it works or how you get credit, but I am going in.  Thank you, Kerrie.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 6 years ago

Not next week but the week after I was actually going to have a free enterprise post on bananas!  And yes, they are an herb.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good advice on the use of Pinterest. Like Facebook, the effictive business use is elusive. For fun, there are lots of good recipes on Pinterest.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Hello, Kerrie.  One of these days you will be announcing ActiveRain as the most active.  It is the one site I spend most of time on. Yes, I have FB, Pinterest and Twitter accounts and few others, but I really love my friends here in the Rain.

Thanks for being our community manager.

Thanks, Roy, I didn't know there were recipes on PI.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hannah - Fattening?  Really?  I'm off to expand yet again on my banana research.

Mary - That would make me so very happy!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 6 years ago

hmmmmm! Very well thought out piece worthy of the title Kerrie. Seriously the Yankees? I do know someone who works in their front office... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, those are interesting facts, but of course the mention of the Yankees gets my attention.  It was fun to tour the stadium a week ago Sunday.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, If youtube would have been around when the Rolling Stones or Beatles or even muddy waters were becoming popular... They would have blown Justin b away! Interesting though...
Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 6 years ago

You are correct Kerrie,  I can't believe these stats.  I have 100 times more followers on Linkedin than I do on Twitter and I don't even know how many Google +.

I don't even mess with pinterest or follwr or four square.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, this almost comes off as wild ramblings. Too bad Washington didn't have their quarterback yesterday, it would have been an entirely different game

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Pawn star, what an interesting show. I always enjoy seeing people asking a lot of money for their item and not get what they want...

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I had forgotten about four square. I am going to have to start doing that. Also, I need to figures out Pinterest. I have an account. I don't know how I got one but I did. So I will have to figure it out.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I am working on getting my Pinterest expanded and what I want it to be. It is too much fun.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I am working on Pinterest as it was on my contest entry for 2013 Success.

But I just had to comment on the bananas. I just got back from the gulf and went through 6 countries and 5 of them all said they grew and sold the most bananas to the outside world and to USA so who knows???

 I saw the Sunkist and Dole Trucks everywhere. I was up in the mountains of Guatemala and there was a Dole huge cargo truck coming down this narrow curvy road. We had to back up in our bus as the truck just barely could make the curves. They do anything for those bananas.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 6 years ago

Great information, Kerrie. I learned something new! Bananas are herbs.... hmmmm

and I am on Pinterest and it is crazy!!!! Love that site.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Love Banana's ,not so much the Yankees.  Having never been a 13 year old girl (nor had any), I have never been much of a fan, but PSY with "Gangham Style" is now over 1 Billion views (1,151,583,51) as of this writing.

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) over 6 years ago

I hadn't heard of Pinterest before, but I will go check it out right after I post this comment. 

Posted by Michael Therriault, The name to remember when you want it done right. (Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, I signed up for Pinterest months but never go there. I guess I have to change that! Thanks for the push!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie...Interesting stuff...I've never given Foursquare much thought until I read your post...I'm gonna sign up today...Stay well.

Posted by Ernie Steele, Call me, let's get started!!! 717-273-3774 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) over 6 years ago



Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago