This is the third in an occasional series of interviews with local businesspeople who blog or use social media to promote themselves or their industry. Our goal is to show the business and legal community how to harness the power of the Web professionally. If you’re interested in being profiled, contact @mddailyrecord on Twitter or email jackie.sauter[at]mddailyrecord.com.
In step with Derek Massey, attorney and president of Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services.
Hi, Derek. Tell us about yourself and where you blog from.
I’m the president of Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services, a title and closing company headquartered here in Hunt Valley, MD. My main business blog is www.masettlement.blogspot.com. I have another blog in the works, but it’s not quite ready for public consumption yet!
What prompted you to start?
I believe in open, honest, timely communication, and I’m somewhat of a tech geek. Put that together, and why wouldn’t you embrace the blogging and social media world? I am somewhat new to this – maybe a year in. Twitter has really opened my eyes to how much my industry (real estate) embraces and utilizes blogging. Probably my biggest influence is the Real Estate BarCamp movement, which really showed me what social media is doing for this industry.
How long have you Twittered and what do you like about the service?
According to www.whendidyoujointwitter.com I joined on May 29, 2008. So it’s been a little less than a year. I tweet under @DerekMassey and my company, @MASettlement. To me, Twitter is the only one of the major social media sites that helps me meet new people, and not just keep in touch with existing friends. Twitter’s low connectivity barrier (no “request” and “accept” requirement) makes it very easy to reach out and shake hands with people you’ve never met, and then keep in touch and cultivate the relationship.
What’s your favorite part of using social media?
I’m always connected with someone when I want to be. Friends, clients, potential clients, co-workers…they are all a click or two away. And if I want to shut down, I can shut down. I love learning new things. I believe I actually do business differently now. I connect with people more regularly, and even when I’m in the office or at home, I’m completely in touch.
List three or four of the blogs you visit the most.
My favorite real estate blog is Read the rest of this entry »