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Review movies? Review restaurants? Heck, no! Review the street you live on!

Via Search Engine Land, trooly stoopid social networking hits the bricks.

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    10 Comments so far

    1. Frank Scuotto March 28th, 2007 11:02 am

      C’mon Greg – we don’t get a more full review of the site? Are you at least going to award a Cheez-whiz prize? :-)

    2. Todd Carpenter March 28th, 2007 11:30 am

      I don’t think it’s going to work. For it to perform as advertised, they’ll need people from every street in America to pitch in. Since I don’t see that happening, the results will be largely empty. If searchers don’t find anything, they aren’t likely to visit again, or reccomend it to others.

    3. Frank Scuotto March 28th, 2007 11:43 am

      That was my take on the site as well. It’s not a bad idea – but the level they are trying to aggregate content is too granular. The average user experience is going to be typing in a street name and getting zero information – who’s going to return after an experience like that?

    4. Single Pointe Realty March 28th, 2007 11:57 am

      Greg, you hit the nail on the head with the word “stoopid.” There are three things that already do this (1) blogs (2) chat sites and (3) driving down the street you are considering and asking neighbors what they think.

      The internet is a powerful tool, but this “tool” will not fly. There is a website that is less specific that has mild success (at least locally) called ApartmentRatings.com. Opinion websites are usually used only by those who are ANGRY about where they live; people who are satisfied are not seeking out a way to talk about their area.

      This sort of opinion page is a bad idea also because let’s say I hate my neighbor (which I kind of do) because he NEVER mows his lawn, his children won’t wear clothes in the front yard, and he builds things in his garage. My personal distaste of an individual is what would spark my interest in writing anything on “streetadvisor.com” but it does not mean that this home is not an incredible investment (literally $70,000 appreciation in two years- we can’t complain). So BOO for streetadvisor.com!

    5. Tony March 28th, 2007 3:00 pm

      Interesting that the interface only seems to be in English despite there being other countries like Brazil and Spain in the selection options…

      Did I miss the language configuration options somewhere?

      Also, I agree with Single Pointe Realty in that the group of people that self-select to provide an opinion are more likely to feel strongly in one direction about it – simple human nature.

    6. John Corey March 28th, 2007 3:55 pm

      The concept was implemented a number of years ago in the UK. Mostly because the data when sorted by post code can be narrowed down pretty well. I went over to http://www.upmystreet.co.uk and trolled around a bit. The survey data is based on ACORN (see below).

      “ACORN stands for ‘A Classification Of Residential Neighbourhoods.’ There are approximately 2 million postcodes in the U.K. (the average postcode being shared by around 14/15 addresses). The marketing-data firm CACI has produced this classification to include every street in England, Scotland and Wales, fitting them into 17 distinct groups, which, in turn, contain 56 ‘typical’ ACORN neighbourhood categories.”

      The police information and other things are similar to other services in that you get information for a broader area.

      As a service was an accounted that is going to appraise every US home on an annual basis (with photos) we are moving in the right direction for street level reporting. Combine that with county records and other info and we will be there in a short amount of time.

      As was noted on the appraisal site, they pick up the rubbish each week from every home (urban home at least). Regular updating with information is not that far fetched.

      John Corey?Real estate investor, 20+ years – multiple states and countries?http://johncorey.wordpress.com/ – advice for real estate investors

    7. REBlogGirl March 28th, 2007 6:38 pm

      Dumb. Where do the people with these lame brained ideas come up with the money to implement them? Oh yeah, I forgot I did work for the VC firm that funded Garden.com. Never mind, I answered my own question.

    8. jf.sellsius March 29th, 2007 8:08 am

      An interesting idea but seemingly impossible to get to work. How many of us really care about our street? And even if we loved it, why would be want to tell anyone about it? And even if we told everyone how great it was, what then? Would we have them over for coffee?

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    10. ObLabs » Recon - Street Advisor May 9th, 2007 8:28 am

      [...] Other Interesting Notes: The company seems to be from Australia, but has a presence in San Francisco. Apparently you can review streets for US, and about 25 other countries. If it took off that would be a lot of content. Bloodhound Blog real estate blog did a review and slammed them . People at TechCrunch where much more considerate. [...]