14:51 PM, 5th February 2012, About 12 years ago 1
I am often asked what the relationship is between Property Tribes and Property118. Some people even get the impression that there is common ownership based on the fact that they see the owners interacting so often on each others websites. To clarify the relationship I’ve written this blog.
First, there is no commercial relationship between the two websites. The founders of Property Tribes are Nick Tadd and Vanessa Warwick, they have no stake in Property118 and we have no stake in Property Tribes.
Vanessa dragged me kicking and screaming into social media a while ago when she let me know that people were talking about my News articles on their website. I subsequently found that my businesses were also the subject of some conversations. I didn’t like some of the perceptions so I set about correcting those I felt were unfair and I believe to a great extent I’ve achieved that. The thing about social media is that people will use it whether you do or not and they will talk about you, gossip is human nature. It can be argued that ignorance is bliss and what you don’t know can’t hurt you but I don’t follow that logic. I’ve now set up Google Alerts so that I know what people are saying about me and my businesses. I’m often delighted but occasionally I see that other peoples perceptions have been distorted and I now have an opportunity to correct them.
I am extremely grateful for the fact that Vanessa got me into social media although I have to admit it was a baptism of fire to start with. I now consider both Nick and Vanessa to be very close friends.
Whilst both websites provide a community feel and are building a useful property wiki they are different. Property Tribes has often been described as an online version of a local pub whereas Property118 is more of a news channel and has functional resources such as the Property Services Directory and Due Diligence tools. There was absolutely no point in both sites trying to do the same thing.
There are, of course, other property news channels, directories, forums and websites offering tools similar to those you will find in our Due Diligence section. We chose to link up with Property Tribes on the basis that we felt the integrity of the owners was very much in line with ours. They are also the busiest property forum in the UK. I will leave it to Nick and Vanessa to comment on why they link back to us from Property Tribes.
I am a big advocate of Property Tribes and I get a lot from interacting there. Whether you are into property or you think you might want to be I recommend you to join. What do you have to lose? It’s free!
I’ve been a landlord since 1989 and I still pick up tips from other landlords via Property Tribes and I’ve also made some really good friends there. What I like best about it though is that if I have a question or an idea I want to bounce off my peers I can post it there and I will get plenty of responses. I don’t always like all of the responses but it’s those that challenge our own thoughts and perceptions that make us stronger in my opinion. Go on, check it out, you know you want to!
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