Thursday 5th July, 2007
8:00pm to 9:00pm
When the Google Maps API first became available, there were five property sites in the UK vying for clicks: Rightmove, Fish4Homes, Propertyfinder, Findaproperty, and PrimeLocation. These all operated on the same model and coveted exclusivity with their member agents, increasing the workload for the frustrated property searcher. At the same time, their user interfaces were horrific, making the search experience slow and frustrating as well as incomplete.
We loved the Google Maps API and set out to change the face of property search with a completely map based user experience, up to 300 properties on screen at a time, and comprehensive listings aggregating data from all five of the portals. This is the story of the development of OnOneMap, and the technical challenges of a map mashup with half a million plottable points.
Founder and director of FT Labs (@FTLabs), a technology team at the Financial Times. bio from Twitter
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