|So, I might get razzed for this - but I figured I'd come to a place where I would receive useful insight on my situation.|
Zillow wants to buy the domain that a website (optimized for iPhone which uses their API) I've created resides on for literally "a couple hundred bucks".
This seems like an easy way to take advantage of the work I've put in to building the domain/ranking.
Additionally, they've threatened to cut of API access if I do not comply with their wishes.
It's located at http://izillow.net
Since launch the site has received ~50,000 visitors + links from techcrunch, apple, google (appengine) and numerous blogs + recognition in the New York Times.
(also ~90k pageviews)
It's in compliance with Zillow's TOS & they've threatened to cut of API access if I do not comply with their wishes.
Last year in May I created an iPhone interface for Zillow's "zestimator" - it was all fun and games, got a little bit of blog coverage/mentions & an overall good response. Zillow seemed to be all for it.
Then the New York Times included it in one of it's articles - and Zillow asked me to very simply put the words "unofficial version" and a link at the bottom of the app.
No problem. Done.
Zillow has launched their own iPhone app (which rocks) - but wants me to take down mine and hand over the domain for "a couple hundred bucks".
I dont feel this is fair and they're trying to stiff me with a measely $250. What would you do? What do you suggest? What are your thoughts?