Just wanted to send out a warm congratulations to Property Guru for winning the Google Mash ups Award at the Australian Developer Day held by Google. It is great to see local developers working hard – sometimes out of hours to create new and exciting products.
Google has been successful with these types of things over the past few years because they have given the tools for developers to make their products and services better. A close relationship with developers in my opinion is the key for large media organisations in Australia and one that they have fallen well short of in the past. Maybe it is too late for them to win developers back, but we live in a different world to the one they are accustomed to. Fairfax now seems to be getting on board but only time will tell if they allow this to spread to their major online products.
You can view Property Guru here and also view a long but pretty important video of the Google Developer Day Speech here. Google is encouraging local developers to work with Google and their API’s to develop solutions for businesses.