Good Bye Google Base
Just yesterdayI was whining about how horrible Google Base (real estate on Google Maps ) is on a Columbus Ohio real estate post written for consumers.
Yesterday or Tuesday Google announced real estate on Google Maps was going away...
Or perhaps I was whining about RealBird a real estate service built on real estate on Google Maps which used the Google Base API.
I was not aware of that change when I was complaining about inaccuracy of what I thought of as Google Base. I will admit I think of the real estate feature within Google Maps as Google Base. Oh well no point in sorting that all out anymore. Goodbye Google Base and the real estate on Google Maps! The Inman post yesterday which was big enough news that they sent out an email said:
"In part due to low usage, the proliferation of excellent property-search tools on real estate websites, and the infrastructure challenge posed by the impending retirement of the Google Base API, we've decided to discontinue the real estate feature within Google Maps on February 10, 2011," the company said in a blog post."
Google Base was retiring... so Google is discontinuing the real estate feature within Google Maps next month. Google Base was bigger than just real estate on Google Maps.
I have not seen a lot of discussion of the demise of real estate feature within Google Maps on ActiveRain. I saw a member cut and paste in the Inman post. Elsewhere Joel Burslem wrote about it Google drops real estate listings.
Good news for Realtor.com, Trulia and Zillow?
Bad news for???
Google Base or the real estate feature within Google Maps was supposed to be the national MLS. The promise of a national MLS... Remind me again why a national MLS would be a good thing?
Consumer: " Decisions, Decision... I just can't decide between the bungalow in Hoboken and the split level in Cincinnati."