After a big day of excitement at the office last week around the launch of the Zillow iPhone App, I prepared to enter a world where I thought the excitement would be about a different kind of “phone.”
For a couple weeks, I’d been looking forward to saxophone night at the University of Washington. My husband, Robert Wilson, Director of The Bellevue School of Music, reminded me nearly daily that his former student, Melissa, would be playing the Muczynski Sonata and nothing, not the Zillow iPhone App launch or anything else, would keep us from seeing her perform.
Arriving an hour early, I waited in the foyer of Brechemin Auditorium of the UW School of Music (top photo, taken with my iPhone) peaking intermittently at my iPhone to see what geographic location the app showed on campus. Just then, a group of people rushed into the foyer and I immediately noticed one fellow, whose name turned out to be Ed, who was quite captivated with something in his hand. What was he looking at? Could it be a snack (I was kind of hungry at that point), or maybe it was a wad of cash perhaps? No! He was looking at his iPhone and the Zillow iPhone app, which was only 24 hours “old” at this point.
As fate would have it, I happened to be wearing a fleece vest with the Zillow logo, which attracted the attention of his family right away. They proceeded to inform me that Zillow was responsible for Ed’s new-found obsession. Apparently, because of the Zillow iPhone app, Ed basically hadn’t talked to them all day and that wherever they were driving, he was busy playing with the app, apparently shouting out what homes were worth along the way. His son-in-law was particularly pleased about Ed shouting out to everyone how much their home was worth now.
When Ed finally came out of the Zillow iPhone App zone, he was very excited to meet someone from Zillow. Yup, that’s Ed there in the photo above, taken with my iPhone. He apparently used Zillow previously on the computer, but he is much even more excited about using Zillow on the iPhone than he was about using it on his PC.
Finally, the evening did get around to focusing on the saxophone versus the iPhone, but it was a close one. 🙂