The Puget Sound has welcomed yet another new real estate brokerage that leverages technology like Redfin and Zillow while maintaining a high level of customer interaction and service. Ezdigs.com was created as a hybrid between the newly emerging Internet brokerages and traditional brick-and-mortar real estate companies. The company will initially focus its service on the Greater Puget Sound area, including properties in King and south Snohomish counties. More on EZDigs>> [24×7]
Shelfari Creates Literary Meeting
Shelfari, a new Seattle start-up has set out to create an online community around books, readers and their ideas in much the same way Flickr has done it around photos or YouTube around videos.
After registering with Shelfari, and adding titles to your personal bookshelf, you can find fellow readers who have added the same books, read their opinions, check out other’s shelves for titles that may be of interest, or send a note to other community members. More on Shelfari >> [24×7]
Police Crime Stats Now Mapped on Seattle.gov
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced yesterday that police crime data sorted by neighborhood is now available on the city’s Web site. Statistics on vehicle thefts, property crimes, residential burglaries, violent crimes, plus an overview of major crimes citywide, are mapped on “My Neighborhood” by census tract.
The “My Neighborhood” mapping project, created by the city’s Department of Information Technology, received the 2006 Excellence Award in Strategic Innovation for Large Population Groups by the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) this past week in Reno, Nevada. NAGW is the first organization for local and regional government Web professionals. The award follows on the heels of Seattle.gov being named the best city Web portal in the country in August. Crime Stats Online>> [24×7]
GooTube.com – A Serious Domain Sale?
A posting on Seattle’s CraigsList from the professed owner of the domain name GooTube.com is seeking to cash in on Google’s announced $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube this week. Headlined “GooTube.com web design SERIOUS APPLICANTS ONLY” the post declares it is looking for “the most qualified team of web designers and developers in the Seattle area to create a robust site, in an extremely short amount of time.
”The owner proclaims, “I am the owner of GooTube.com, and we currently have plans to sell our rights to the name at live auction at the end of this month. Although it might be prudent to wait and see what happens, we have decided to attempt to fetch one of the largest amounts ever for a domain name sale now, to give hungry and forward-thinking domain investors the opportunity to purchase, and/or to strengthen our selling position for a potential offer from one of the “Big Three.” We don’t know whether to say “Good Luck!” on the domain sale when “GooLuck!” may be more appropriate. [24×7]