Releases Congressional Election Edition | HotPads Releases Congressional Election Edition Releases Election Maps and Wikipedia Mash-up

Rental Housing Search Engine Provides New Look at Political Landscape

WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2006?Today, map-based rental housing search engine launched a 2006 Election Edition (, which provides information about this years? closely watched elections for the House of Representatives.

The 435 congressional districts are outlined on HotPads? Maps, with red and blue designating the party affiliation of the districts? current Representatives. By clicking on the districts? "I" buttons beneath the districts' titles, users can view quick facts about the district including the current Representative and the candidates in November?s contest. By clicking on the quick facts bubble, users can get more detailed information: HotPads has incorporated Wikipedia articles with detailed information about the candidates and the close races.

Co-founder Douglas Pope explained this new launch: ?With HotPads? user-friendly mapping application, it?s well suited to provide users with information about this closely watched election cycle. Using HotPads? 2006 Election Edition, users can quickly get a great deal of information about the elections. The outlined congressional districts on the maps give users a quick snapshot of the current political landscape, and then, the Wikipedia articles are a great resource for users who want to get into greater depth, learning about the individual contests and their candidates.?

Co-founder and Director of Technology Matt Corgan says, ?After developing area mapping technologies and completing a mash-up with Wikipedia for HotPads? neighborhood, city, and zip code search, developing the 2006 Election Version was fairly straightforward. With HotPads? ability to provide a helpful search tool to the many people following this year?s elections, offering our users this useful tool was well worth the effort.?

About launched its free map-based rental housing search and listing service in November of 2005. HotPads has grown from a handful of listings at launch to over 19,000 currently active listings. Founded by three college friends, HotPads' goal is to make finding rental housing easier for housing shoppers and finding future tenants easier for property managers. Listing properties and searching is free. HotPads' business is advertising based.

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