Monday, May 23, 2005

Craigslist listings *on* Google Maps

I had heard of this somewhere, but courtesy of Aaron Swartz's Google watching blog, here's a link to a stunning application. (Deep bow to Paul Rademacher, its creator.)

When you float down to a city, you get nice, organized listings. If this is a first pass, you can only wonder what a polished app might look like. Add GPS tracking or cellphone tagging, so you could make notes as you drive through neighborhoods... let your imagination go crazy.

This hasn't been brought to us by our friendly REALTORs because they think this is secret sauce that they bring. Yes, human agents bring a lot to real-estate transactions -- especially until someone clears up all the crappy paperwork involved in buying or selling a house -- but we need this kind of turbo power. Now.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Andrew the Advocate

My dear friend Andrew Rasiej is running for Public Advocate for the City of New York, a position he is eminently suited to transform (in a hurry? here's his campaign site).

For years, Andrew has been making technology more effective for New York's students, launching innovative businesses and initiatives, and taking care of people who cross through his life. Now he would like to help more people by applying what he knows about people and technology to the way his City runs.

That doesn't mean spending huge sums on ego-gratifying technologies, but rather finding what works and amplifying it. Have a cellphone with a camera? Welcome to the new citizen's advance-warning network. Know something simple that could save money or effort? Tell Andrew.

Here's Andrew's site, in its Googlish simplicity. More active is his blog. More interesting is his life. Most interesting is what he'd like to do for New York City.

Join me, Jason, Andrew Zolli, David and others in helping Andrew get this job.

To avoid the political funding maelstrom that has sucked too many people into its vortex, Andrew won't take donations above $100. (NYC will match donations from its residents, 4:1, up to $250. But don't send $250. Send $100. Or $10.)

So consider donating now if you'd like to see a major U.S. city connect its citizens to its governance and maintenance apparatus like never before. Pass word to your friends. Tell the Sabrett's vendor.

[Disclosure: I'm biased. I'm a close friend, I've bid on work with him and offered advice on many projects, and I'm part of his Personal Democracy Forum, which I'll post about shortly.]

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