Ghetto Tracker – another “social” application with faults
You’ll probably be hearing more and more about this web map “app” called Ghetto Tracker. A simple Google Maps mashup marketed to simply be a “neighborhood ranker.”
You basically go to the website, click “rate an area,” type an address and rate it either safe, above average, average, below average or unsafe.
As you can see in the screen shot below, not many areas in Hoboken have been rated, but the “projects” already have been deemed “unsafe.”
Ghetto Tracker susceptible to inaccuracies
For one – these map “mashups,” like any anonymous poll or rating system are very easily susceptible to fraud or inaccurate rankings.
If you were trying to sell Real Estate in an “unsafe” neighborhood – you’d be inclined to rank it “safe” as not to scare potential buyers. Conversely, if you’re looking for a new property in a known “safe” neighborhood, you might benefit by ranking it “unsafe” in order to score a lower price. Either way, when tons of idiots have access to a ranking system like this, you never know what the truth really is unless you lived there personally.
What do you think of Ghetto Tracker? Useful? Useless? Flash in the pan?