A few months ago I introduced Bill Wendel, author of the Real Estate Cafe blog, to the folks at Platial, which does a terrific user-annotated online mapping product. Bill had come to a Berkman Center session where I talked about various methods of doing citizen journalism, and I’d shown several mapping sites.
He immediately got how important this can be, and has been working hard to create a site that takes advantage of the genre.
Now take a look: The Real Estate Bubble Map is exactly the kind of thing I think Web mashups can do best.
There are potential problems with this, such as gaming by people who don’t like what he’s doing or who just like to wreck things. But careful attention can fix such problems.
Bill will be at our Citizen Journalism unconference next Monday. We’ll make time to showcase this project.