Information Wants To Be Free
I believe that all generally useful information should be free. By 'free' I am not referring to price, but rather to the freedom to copy the information and to adapt it to one's own uses... When information is generally useful, redistributing it makes humanity wealthier no matter who is distributing and no matter who is receiving.
- Richard Stallman (1990)
Ben and I have ruffled a few feathers with our daily video blog content here at IntownDailyForeclosures.com and IntownDailyHomes.com. We received notice a couple days ago we were breakin' the "compliance and regulation" rules that govern our lovely MLS -- as a result, we've had to take down the public content. Of course, we thought we were badass ... but the rules don't agree with the site and our colleagues in the industry don't agree with our having any kind of opinion about real estate.
They say there's no such thing as bad press ... in this case, I'm not sure I agree. We work hard (and on weekends) to deliver valuable expert interpretation of the market but archaic, protectionist attitudes win out.
The debate is settled. Information wants to be free and, as Seth Godin puts it, "In a world of free, everyone can play." So, in the days and weeks ahead, we're moving our expert interpretation of the market to a more intimate (private) setting. We'll be offering the same valuable counsel to you on a "one-on-one" basis in a secure, password protected section of our website. We're going to stay within the rules, and do what needs to be done, but we feel very strongly this is information that needs to get out there, and it will be offered to you exclusively.
The videos are just our opinion... nobody else's.
Anyhow, lots of fun behind the scenes. Stay tuned!
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