Another nail in the coffin for map search?
I’ve been super busy and haven’t had time to post but thought I would jot down a quick note about Zillow’s decision to switch back to it’s list view from their recent map centric search screen (gusty move and shows that Zillow is not afraid to push the limits but still have the confidence to listen to its customers)
It seems to be a growing trend. Back in November Seth Siegler (cofounder of Simplistate, an eco-friendly, virtual real estate brokerage) wrote a post on TFOREM titled “Why Map Search Is Dead”. He had some good points of why map based search is a terrible idea.
Redfin‘s approach is most likely the best I’ve seen, but I’ve never been a big fan on map search UI/UX.
Recently Real Living launched a new national web site and the decision was to also forego the default map screen screen and go right to the list view.
Add to that Google‘s recent decsion to drop real estate listings from Google Maps, and I quote “In part due to low usage,”.
Me thinks me spots a trend.