Imagine being able to walk the streets of a neighborhood from virtually anywhere. You get to see what it looks like. You see who lives, works, and plays there. Yet you haven't even taken a step in its direction. You are viewing all of this from 1,000 miles away. The ultimate experience may still be science fiction but photo blogging gets us closer than ever before. Photo blogging simply combines two things; blogging and photos. Blogging being the ability to quickly post content to the internet. And photos being the content most often posted.
Applied to the real estate market this could be especially useful in conveying the look and feel of an area to prospective home buyers. A scenario I could envision would be a website, or section of your website, devoted to a geographic area (neighborhood, subdivision, community). A group of trusted users, agents and home sellers, would be able to quickly and easily add photos, videos, and other content about that area.
Although it suffers from some of the issues with free services (lack of customization, external links) it does provide a model for allowing mainstream users an easy way to
share content. The New York Times also points out that they intend to expand their service offering by enabling users to upload video and embed the content into any blog or social network.
To illustrate my point, take a 20 minute walk around our office at 90 Broad St.
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