Networking in the Cloud…Literally


Nope, this is not another piece about the marvels of cloud computing. I had a complete 2013 experience on my flight into San Francisco from Detroit that I want to share.

Midway through the flight I was pretty sure I saw Leigh Brown, a RE/MAX agent from North Carolina and old friend, seated about ten rows up. I was trapped in the window seat and she was out of earshot. So I hopped on Twitter and and seconds later she replied, that yes, indeed, she is on the plane too! We messaged back and forth for the rest of the flight, but missing luggage waylaid plans to share a cab into the city.

Also spotted on my in-flight Twitter feed, and seated not far from Leigh, was John McArdle, fellow director at the Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® and Broker/Owner at Remerica Hometown One. In fact, the flight was full of REALTORS® on the way to NAR Annual, but the fact that we were using social media to stay connected while in flight is still a bit of a shock to me, who grew up in house full of rotary dial phones. With cords, of course.

On the same flight, I answered texts from a client that came through my iMessage, and managed to wrap up some final touches on the purchase of her next home. She too was astonished that I was answering texts from 10,000 plus feet up. But how nice it was to arrive knowing I didn’t need to check my emails and make sure my real estate business was in order!

Fast forward: Leigh’s luggage made it San Francisco. John shared a cab into town with us, and my client will close on her home in early December. Not a bad trip through the cloud for me.

Twenty years ago, Maureen Francis left the United States to work as a business advisor in the first group of US Peace Corps volunteers to serve in the former Soviet Union. After nearly a decade in advertising and management consulting in Ukraine, Maureen found a new calling: residential real estate sales in her hometown of Birmingham, Michigan.

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