Today, we announced Trulia Suggests—a personalized, photo-centric way to discover homes you might like. Trulia Suggests considers what homes you do and don’t like, as well as the property preferences of users similar to you, to suggest other homes you might find appealing. You can continually improve your suggestions by liking and following homes you like, or hiding homes you don’t.
Think about it: you get suggestions for movies, books, and music online. But when it comes to the largest purchase of your life, there’s no technology that makes personalized recommendations. Our Data Science team applied machine-learning and smart algorithms to this problem, and as a result, flipped the home search experience on its head.
Instead of using filters that may unnecessarily limit your search, we look at your property preferences in the context of Trulia’s 31 million unique monthly users. Then, billions of user actions are applied to algorithmic groupings of millions of properties to best predict which homes you’ll like. And the more you interact with homes on Trulia, the better your suggestions will be.
If the technology sounds complicated, well, that’s because it is. But the beauty of Trulia Suggests is that for you, the user, the experience couldn’t be simpler—or more fun:
Like and follow the homes you love and hide homes you don’t, and we’ll refine your suggestions as you go. It just takes a minute to get started, but you may find yourself gawking at your home suggestions all day.
See what Trulia Suggests for you.0 comments
On Monday, Trulia hosted the second session of our two-day Data Visualization Workshop for Journalists in our San Francisco office — an event that we co-hosted with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers to support the White House’s Safety Data Initiative. Fast Company hosted the NYC workshop that same day, a few hours earlier.
The focus of this week’s session was on data visualization tools to help journalists tell stories with data — TileMill, Adobe Illustrator and Google Refine. Introducing and demoing each tool were Nathaniel Kelso, Design Technologist at Stamen Design and Chief Cartographer at NaturalEarthData.com, Joe Golike, Design Technologist at Trulia, and Kai Chang, Visualization Engineer at Boundary and organizer of the Bay Area D3 User Group.
Here are the clips on each of their presentations:
Nathaniel Kelso on TileMill
Joe Golike on Adobe Illustrator
Kai Chang on Google Refine0 comments
Today, we are excited to launch our newest product aimed at helping consumers tackle the number one obstacle to buying a home: getting a mortgage.
The Trulia Mortgage Center, simultaneously released online, along with free dedicated iPhone and iPad apps, delivers the inside scoop on financing rates for homebuyers and homeowners. By providing personalized mortgage quotes that are updated in real-time and presented with detailed information about each quote, this new mortgage marketplace aims to help consumers find the best financing deal. Additionally, the Trulia Mortgage Center comes complete with online educational guides to help people understand the real costs of homeownership, the basics of borrowing and what happens after you make an offer.
Trulia Mortgage Center offers:
Trulia’s Free Mortgage Apps For iPhone and iPad offer:
We hope you enjoy the new Mortgage Center online and the dedicated apps. We are just getting started so keep an eye out for additional product enhancements in the future.
Last night, Trulia hosted the first session of a two-day Data Visualization Workshop for Journalists in our San Francisco office — an event that we co-hosted with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers to support the White House’s Safety Data Initiative. Fast Company hosted the NYC workshop that same day, a few hours earlier.
We were thrilled and honored to have Jo Strang, Co-lead of the Safety Data Initiative join us and tell us more about this historical effort to make government safety data on transportation, crime and consumer products much more accessible and usable. Here’s a pic of Jo during her talk.
The rest of the session was lead by our very own Sha Hwang, Design Technologist at Trulia, who discussed different ways to tell investigate and tell stories using data visualizations. To watch the whole workshop, check out the recording we’ve uploaded to YouTube.
The next workshop will be held next Monday, September 10. We’ll plan to tape and post the whole session afterwards.0 comments
We’re exciting to announce that we’ve teamed up with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers to co-host a two-day data visualization workshop for journalists. Created in support of the Obama Administration’s critical Safety Data Initiative – a historic effort to make government safety data on transportation, crime and consumer products much more accessible— these workshops aim to help data journalists investigate and tell stories fueled by this data.
If you’re in San Francisco or New York in early September, we hope you can join us! Here are the workshop details and RSVP instructions.
WHEN: From 6:00PM to 9:00PM on Tuesday, September 4 and Monday, September 10, 2012.
SPEAKERS: Brian Forde, Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO on Mobile and Data Innovation, and Jo Strang, Co-lead of the Safety Data Initiative, will introduce and provide insight on the Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative. The workshops will be lead by Jon Bruner, Editor-at-Large at O’Reilly Media in New York City and Sha Hwang, Design Technologist at Trulia in San Francisco. Other speakers include leading data journalists and design technologists such as Nathaniel Kelso, Design Technologist at Stamen Design and Chief Cartographer at NaturalEarthData.com, and Alex Howard, Government 2.0 Correspondent at O’Reilly Media, among others.
KEY TAKEAWAYS: Designed for both established and emerging journalists, these workshops will provide hands-on instruction on how to understand, source and tell compelling stories using data visualizations. The first workshop on September 4 will focus on how to find and understand government data. Then the second workshop on September 10 will provide an overview of useful tools for dealing and visualizing data.
REGISTRATION: Class size is limited. There is a $5 fee and registration is required by Friday, August 31.
What happens when you combine government transit data, a designer and a few engineers? At Trulia, you get the ability to dynamically visualize your commute.
Commuting sucks. It’s stressful, and no amount of Sirius radio can make a traffic jam fun. Because of this, we know that commuting is an important consideration when choosing where to live, whether you’re in Los Angeles or Boston. So, launching today is Trulia’s first iteration of the Commute Map, a way to visualize driving and public transit times. With this new product, we aim to give Trulia users a better understanding of commute times to work or anywhere important, to help them find the best place to live.
What did we do?
We’ve taken the base data, OpenStreetMaps and General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) feeds, and produced a visual representation of commute times. We allow users to specify a start point, and then calculate estimates that can be manipulated with a simple slider. With nationwide coverage across millions of transit data points, we’ve built an interactive and responsive map that overlays highly detailed transit results for any local query.
How does it work?
1. We allow users to specify a work location and calculate commute and transit times in real-time.
2. We built a heatmap of the times and allow users to use a slider to visualize how their commute changes.
3. We did this for drive times nationwide, and public transit times for cities where data is available. This is a look at commutes in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C. and San Jose.
We’re working on integrating this data into search and allowing users to combine the heatmap with homes for sale, pricing, school ratings, and crime. More to come.
Please send us feedback… we listen.