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Building customized Google Maps and engenu folder structures from lists of addresses

I have very alpha software that makes a KML file that Google Maps will eat to make something like this:


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It’s kinda-sorta like ZeeMaps, except I get a true Google Maps map, which I can then customize and embed.

I start with a list of addresses, which I can type if I absolutely have to.

There’s more: I’m going to build in the ability to create an engenu folder structure from the list of addresses, so that a site like this essentially builds itself.

For that kind of engenu site, I’ll cut my time from 40 minutes to 20 minutes, on the order of two minutes a page for brand new, original, knock-your-socks-off content.

Related posts:
  • engenu Epiphany #1: Folders become pages
  • Demoing engenu: Building a web page, building that page into a web site, adding more content to that web site, reconfiguring the site, building a PDF site and repurposing standing content
  • Podcast: Installing engenu on multiple domains

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    1. Kevin Sandridge March 27th, 2009 4:50 pm

      Greg – This is so cool! Chuck Welch over at LakelandLocal.com – a hyperlocal blog in our neck of the woods, has been porting addresses over into CommunityWalk maps for me since November of 2008. You can see an example of these in one of my Winter Haven, Florida Housing reports.

      Will you be able to easily port in things like listed and sold price, whether it was a condo, a 3 br/2ba home, etc?

      The pain of it all, is that his process is a bit time consuming – which is the point you made here (saving time) that really made my ears perk up!

    2. Jennifer Giraldi March 27th, 2009 4:54 pm

      This looks interesting. I have used Zeemaps before but was unhappy with the interface. Google maps have become the benchmark for online mapping now. Thanks for sharing!

    3. Dan Sullivan March 28th, 2009 4:27 pm

      I have thought a lot (and failed trying a few different methods) about creating buyer sites showing all the properties a buyer has seen, along with their notes, comments, price changes, and the eventual sale price or status of the property.

      The link in this post seems to be accomplishing a lot of these things (in a more efficient way) than anything I can come up with.

      Do you have any concerns as a real estate agent about posting your thoughts on these properties while they are still on the market? I was worried that I could be crossing some lines by saying something like “too close to the freeway to bother”.

      I love this idea!

    4. Sean Purcell March 28th, 2009 8:35 pm

      Greg,

      Fantastic… will this alpha software be far enough along that you will be talking about it (teaching it) at Unchained?

    5. Greg Swann March 28th, 2009 9:21 pm

      > will this alpha software be far enough along that you will be talking about it (teaching it) at Unchained?

      The beta just went to you and the rest of the Swallow Hill Gang.

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    8. Scott G March 30th, 2009 7:57 am

      It looks like a great tool for buyers that wish to use a map to find a new home. Will they be able to put a price range in as well?