Google Maps API and Trulia


PETE FLINT: Really, it
came about when I moved to the Bay Area. And like any person to relocate
or try to find somewhere to live, I went on
the internet and was really disappointed with
what I found. So I had a problem. I spoke to many friends
of mine. They had the same problem. At that point, I vowed
to start Trulia. JAMIE GLENN: Buying a home is
one of the largest financial decisions people have to make
in their lives, and Trulia’s role is really to find
the right information in the right way. PETE FLINT: Before we launched,
the real estate experience on the web was
very one-dimensional. JEFF MCCONATHY: You wouldn’t get
a map, for instance, that would show you where
the property was. PETE FLINT: No one had really
combined all the sources from the brokers and agents
individually all together, and then also combined that with a
map to create this rich user experience. Google Maps API enabled us
to show that to potential investors and raise venture
capital to launch the service. The staff has grown
to over 65 people. We’ve been growing at least
double digits, and today, we have over 5 million people
come to our website every single month. JAMIE GLENN: One of the ways
that we’ve been able to drive the business, I think, is our
user experience in having the Google Map API and the Google
Maps on over 90% of our pages. JEFF MCCONATHY: Almost every
user who comes to our site will interact with a
map in some way. JAMIE GLENN: It’s been very easy
for us to customize the API to serve our needs. JEFF MCCONATHY: We built Trulia
Map, which Google Maps and our content that we can
embed on our agent and broker partner websites. We currently have over 40,000
agents using this, and it really helps Trulia to extend
our reach while enhancing our partners’ websites. JAMIE GLENN: So our Heat
Maps are a very popular feature on the site. We have information going back
10 years on the historical sales prices for over
60 million homes. We took this massive amount of
data and created polygons that showed by color and geography
what the home price trends were doing. And we overlaid those on
top of the Google Map. JEFF MCCONATHY: It took us
about three weeks for the initial Heat Map implementation,
and that included creating about 35
million image tiles to overlay on the Google Maps. PETE FLINT: Overall,
we’ve been really happy with Google Maps. JEFF MCCONATHY: I think that
Google Maps is a great choice. It’s very easy to set up. Anyone with a basic
understanding of JavaScript and how the web works can really
get a basic map set up in about an hour. JAMIE GLENN: Because it’s
Google, there’s this inherent trust that the API’s going to be
available and it’s going to be able to withstand and hold
up to the amount of traffic and usage that we have. JEFF MCCONATHY: We’re
actually a player. We have confidence in what we’re
doing, and we know we’re heading in the right
direction.

8 thoughts on “Google Maps API and Trulia

  1. How often is the google earth updated ? once a month or more often?

    I am hoping for a day that we can virtually see the world, even moving cars, well how about even people's head from up-above!! LOL!

    I love google earth. The 3D buildings are actually not that great; I mean not all of them. It would be cool if Google Earth adds more features to the program itself than the map.
    Clearing the recent searched items takes days.. has this happen to you ?

  2. For our Samara Beach Costa Rica site we plan on using a back like this. Does anyone know of a script for this?

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