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  1. 1. "Hometalk" Reshapes Home Improvement. - Free Online Library Need Help on a Home Improvement Project? "Hometalk" Reshapes the Way People Improve and Repair Their Homes Interactive online home improvement community enables homeowners and contractors to easily exchange ideas and advice ATLANTA -- A new online community is making it easy to get expert advice on home improvement projects from the convenience of your computer. Hometalk (www.hometalk.com) is a home improvement community where homeowners and professionals go to discuss their projects and make sure they get them right the first time, saving time, money, and the frustration of mistakes. The idea is simple - yet revolutionary: harness the power of social media and use it to build a community of homeowners, contractors, and other design and construction professionals who can exchange ideas and have interactive discussions. Everyone benefits as a result: homeowners can ask questions about projects to get better outcomes while saving time and money, and professionals can share their expertise, increase their exposure, and build their reputations and business. Both can also post photos and videos of their works in progress and jobs completed. "A home improvement project gone wrong is a nightmare," said Miriam Illions, director of community development for Hometalk. "Not only is it a waste of money and time, but you have to live with the results until you do it all over again. Hometalk gives you access to a wide range of experienced specialists and handy people who can help and guide you through your work, give you advice along the way, and troubleshoot your problems." Knowledge-Centric. Action Based Hometalk is free to join and is the only virtual community of its kind which focuses on home improvement while combining the casual and friendly interaction of a social site like Facebook with the focused and knowledge based applications of a site like Wikipedia. Unlike many other social networks, it doesn't build on people you already know but introduces you to new connections that become helpful in your everyday life. Hometalk truly aims to improve your quality of life by saving you time and money and allowing you to get more done with your budget. Hometalk users can search for ideas and contractors, ask home and garden questions, and share photos, videos, tips, and reviews. Hometalk categories cover everything from electrical lighting to design decor to landscaping gardening and much more. Members can filter talk by their local area if desired and use the "My Network" feature to build a circle of trusted connections. Users can also select posts as useful or give them a "Thumbs Up," and badges are awarded to contributors who rack up a significant number of posts, photos, or are thanked for "Useful Answers" by fellow members. "I find that the professionals that are investing their time on Hometalk are people who really enjoy helping others out and are passionate about what they do," said Kass Wilson, an interior designer who owns Wallstreat Studio. "And if you're looking for resources, isn't that exactly who you'd want
  2. 2. to work on your home? For professionals on Hometalk, it isn't necessarily about how much money this will bring them -- there's also a real 'pay it forward' mentality." In addition to homeowners, contractors, and other design and remodeling experts, the Hometalk community includes panels of HGTV personalities and other publicly recognized experts who connect with users, regularly answering questions and posting information and recommendations. Founded in 2010, Hometalk already helps thousands of daily users and is quickly growing nationwide through the power of social media. For more information, please visit www.hometalk.com. COPYRIGHT 2011 Business Wire No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder. Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/%22Hometalk%22+Reshapes+Home+Improvement.-a0266333745

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