Through the Be2camp network, I re-encountered Reorb (“Real Estate Orbital”), an online network for professionals in the commercial real estate business. This was founded by Edinburgh-based Tom Inglis and others, and since its launch in August 2009 has grown rapidly through members’ personal recommendations to over 1550 members.
In addition to its contacts, Reorb offers:
- news feeds (from the BBC, FT, Property Week and Retail Week)
- research (lots of detailed reports published by the likes of Colliers CRE, CB Richard Ellis, RICS, etc)
- events listings (numerous continuous professional development events, along with auctions, industry dinners, etc)
- groups (a useful listing of, to date, 65 organisations related to the property sector)
- sports (currently only the Prupim Lionheart Surveyors Football League)
I first came across Reorb last September when looking generally at online communities for the architecture, engineering and construction sector, and found the Property Week initiative, the Property Network (see post). With the backing of one of the sector’s most widely-read publications, this has grown to 857 members, but still has some way to go to overhaul Reorb. Rival Estates Gazette also has an online community, though this only appears to have 106 members so far. It will be interesting to see if a focused business like Reorb can continue to outperform the publication-backed groups.
Social Media Week Be2camp
I spoke to Tom last week and as a result Reorb will be sponsoring the next Be2camp event, taking place on Monday 1 February in London (event details) during Social Media Week. Tom will also be speaking at the half-day session, which will be particularly focused on how Web 2.0 can enhance the work of property professionals (though I am sure we will also have some more general construction-related stuff too). We have a couple of main speaking slots available and also plan to have a quick-fire Pecha Kucha session, so if you have a Web 2.0/construction/property-related topic and want to speak to a room full of property types, please let me know.