StreetAdvisor, an Australia-based startup, publicly launch a few months ago to provide an online real estate community powered by crowd-sourced reviews, photos, and videos. Brothers Adam and Jason Spencer wanted to create a site that provided a good amount of information of what it is like to live on any particular street in the world. With a fresh Ajax interface that leverages an almost wiki-like approach StreetAdvisor makes it easy to contribute content about any street.
In searching for a specific street users can find out a street score and rating for a specific location for the mapped location. Users can join a street and receive email updates as additional information, ratings and reviews become available or just snag the provided RSS feed. Users can learn and contribute details about where they live including noise levels, traffic, neighbors, entertainment, public services and more.
Today StreetAdvisor launched some additional features which should further help the site become an a valuable resource for community information reported from the people on the streets.
First off, StreetAdvisor's Local Experts Program offers incentives for users that contribute solid content StreetAdvisors. Real estate agents and other service providers might be able to leverage the program to further bolster their reputation as solid local resources. Users can gain "Street Cred" the currency of the site which could turn into prizes.
Secondly, based on feedback from its users StreetAdvisor has expanded its platform to take on not only street reviews but also content for cities, states, and countries. Thirdly, StreetAdvisor now also features upgraded guidebooks that now include four broader categories. Guidebooks also feature full version history, similar to Wiki's, thus enabling the ability to see changes and revert to any previous entries.
Finally, StreetAdvisor now offers the ability to secure exclusive "run-of-street" advertising opportunities on a per city basis which I think of as "Virtual Billboards." Targeting real estate agents and mortgage brokers, local service providers, city/local bloggers and media looking to generate leads in a specific city, StreetAdvisor Billboards could prove to be a great way to reach a local audience.
Bottom-line: StreetAdvisor leverages a wiki-like contributor interface to intake street level community information that could prove to be an valuable resource to real estate companies and web sites that look to offer their visitors community related information.