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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Zillow in the News

Zillow is an exciting new company to watch since it uses the mashup idea and adds more. At a recent keynote I gave I refered to its offerings as “maps with smarts” to distinguish it from “dots on a map” type mashups. I suggested we’d see more of that kind of “advanced mashups.”

The company has been in the news quite a bit in the last week or so:

Zillow.com President and cofounder Lloyd Frink received a less than warm welcome from the California Association of Realtors conference at the Long Beach Convention Center recently. They felt he might put them out of a job as his Expedia did travel agents. Competitor Realtor.com’s president Allan Dalton made fun of the Zestimates, comparing them to “guess your weight” games at the circus.
- OC Register

Zillow opened up its database to let homeowners update the information. Twenty-three days later, 100,000 peopel did so.

- Seattle Post Intelligencer blog

Refin, a real estate site that helps people find “fixer uppers” now taps into Zillow’s API.
- Milwaukee Business Journal

Robert Scoble says they have nice offices at ZIllow and will announce something soon.
- WebProNews

Most interesting to me is a blog post at ZD asking the question who is most likely to acquire Zillow? From bottom to top Russel Shaw suggests:

Google
AOL
Yahoo
Realogy (they own Century21)
IAC/InterActive Corp. (they own Lending Tree and Ask.com)
- ZD IP/Telephony Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/26 at 07:04 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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