Have you ever tried searching for houses or apartments online? It can be darn frustrating with all the different sites available. Personally, Realtor.com doesn’t do quite what I would like. Have they even heard of RSS?
Enter Google Base. It’s hyped as a online database into which anyone can add data. You might’ve seen it before and wondered “what’s that good for?” Real estate and apartment searching, that’s what.
Enter your search terms
To search for housing, Google even has a handy little link right on the Base main page. Simply click that and you can enter your search terms. It’s got some pretty refined searching abilities. You can do location (even within X miles – hooray!), price (setting your own range), square footage, year, etc.
See results on a map
One of the neat features I like is that results automatically show up on a Google map (as well as in a list on the left). Thus, if you’re new to an area, you can quickly see where different houses or apartments are located.
Monitor with RSS
Those features are good, but what makes Base an awesome tool are the built-in RSS feeds. Anytime you are viewing search results, simply click on the RSS link in the upper right (why isn’t there an auto-detect in Firefox for this?). You can then subscribe to your search results in your regular feed reader.
Go to town!
This is just one of the many things you can find using Base. As a lawyer, you can also find different service providers, perhaps a new job for yourself, equipment for your law office, etc. The list is honestly endless.
Maybe courts of the future will publish their decisions in Base. It could be a LexisNexis or Westlaw for the people! OK, I’m a bit idealistic, I know.
What are you waiting for? Go check it out! Maybe you’ll find a neat trick or a new way to leverage the power of G’ Base. If you have any thoughts, ideas, or questions on this, please post a comment or drop me a line.
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