If you use Microsoft Outlook for you email, and you haven’t discovered the Outlook Social Connectoradd-in yet, now is the time.  That is, if you want to expand your on-line social network, keep up with what your friends, family, colleagues, and clients are doing on Facebook, LinkedIn and a couple other networking sites.

Here’s an example of what I see when I click on Nick Bastian’s name while I’m in Outlook. Recent emails, Facebook posts, and LinkedIn updates. Almost instantly, I know what Nick has been up to.

Last week, I was responding to an email from an agent who wanted to show one of my short sale listings.  When I clicked on Reply, the lower part of my screen brought up our most recent correspondence, and I was instantly reminded that this agent had submitted an offer on an REO listings last year, and that she’d shown yet another traditional listing a couple years before that.  I loved making the connection in my mind, as I crafted my response to her.

The Outlook Social Connector is easy to install and works with Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010. Installation instructions can be found here.

Let me know how it goes for you.