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Chris Nichols this illustrates my point-- that most folks think they are capable of doing our job, so given the opportunity, that is what they will do. This, despite your attempt to educate them as to the process. Again, it is an issue of psychology. The buyer/seller comes to us with the opinion that we are in it for one thing-- the commission. They therefore paint all of your advice with that brush. They assume that all insight, advice, and education you are giving them is entirely self-serving. Therefore, they discount it, and choose to trust their own faulty reasoning because most people don't have the time or inclination to thing critically about the situation. It's kinda like when you go into a car dealership, and ask the salesperson to compare their model to a competitor, theirs always ends up looking better. You just write that off as a dude trying to make a sale. But, what if he is being genuine, and he is right, that his mode IS, in fact, better. You discount his expertise do to his perceived motivation, but you ALSO go out and do some research on your own from independently verifiable sources. The thing is, those sources don't exist for real estate, and most sellers/buyers wouldn't take the time to use them, if they did. They just don't see the need to. They turn to their own instincts/reasoning which is also biased (even though they don't know it), and is usually based on faulty assumptions because they don't know what they don't know.
Klout is good if you want to try to get Klout perks. They do give away some pretty cool free stuff. As a true measure of influence, it is basically worthless, only because it can be easily gamed. Tweetstats is good for getting an idea of how you are using twitter, and how you might be able to change your usage patterns to get more value out of twitter.