Since moving to LA a few years ago, I’ve had quite the journey of jumping from house to house. About a month ago, it came time for me to finally find a place and set some down some roots. And so began the hunt for the perfect house…
As with most big cities, finding a house in a good location, reasonably priced, and before anyone else can be an ordeal. So in order to hack this process, I did what I knew best – used my Feedly of course!
I started by going to the Craigslist “Apartments & Housing” section
Next I set my filters
I searched for 2 bedroom apartments within a 5 mile radius of my zipcode at my ideal price point then hit search
I scrolled to the bottom of the page (with the filters set) and at the bottom right corner there was an orange RSS button. I clicked the button and it automatically sent me to the RSS URL, so I copied that URL
4. Once I copied the RSS URL, I went to the Add Content section of my Feedly and under the websites tab, I pasted the URL
5. Last I clicked “follow” and added it to a new feed, which I titled “House Hunt”
Once I created a housing feed in my Feedly account, I was able to check in each day and see what new homes had been posted. It conveniently showed me the number of new posts on my left side panel so I always knew when new items had been added to the feed. And by using the power of my boards, I was able to save my favorites in one organized and convenient place so I could check back in when I was scheduling appointments.
After just a few weeks I was able to find the perfect place and live happily ever after
A few users who are participating in the Leo lab/beta suggested that we should allow you to listen to our articles. As a result, we are running an experiment to determine if there would be value in allowing Leo to read you some of your articles.
Questions to the community:
Question 1 – Would you be interested in listening to your Feedly article? If we offered that feature would you use it?
Question 2 – If this is a feature you would be interested in, which of the following voices do you think would be more fun to listen to? (Please vote in the general Lab Slack channel)
This is the article Leo is reading in the attached audio files
Dynamic Yield, which builds Amazon-like personalization for the rest of us, raises $38M
TechCrunch by Ingrid Lunden
Amazon, one of the world’s largest companies, has transformed the face of commerce in part because it has managed at once to be “The Everything Store” but still with a route into its sea of products that, for most users, surfaces what they might most want to see (and importantly buy or consume). That kind of personalisation has become a goal not just for e-commerce companies, but for any organization running a digital business: users are constantly distracted, and when their attention is caught, they do not want to spend time figuring out what they most want.
Not every business is Amazon, though, so we are seeing a crop of startups emerging that are working on ways to help the rest of the digital world be just as optimised and personalised as Amazon. Now one of them, an Israeli startup called Dynamic Yield, has raised more money as it continues to expand its business, both to more platforms and to more geographies.
The startup’s Series D has now closed off at $38 million, with the inclusion of a $5 million strategic investment from Naver, Korea’s “Google” (it’s the country’s top search portal) that is also behind messaging apps Line and Snow. The plan is for Naver to help bring Dynamic Yield to Korea and Japan, by incorporating its tech into its own services and those of others that work with Naver.