domi is currently in a restricted beta. In order to get access, you must receive a slack invite URL. Once you have received that, follow the instructions to create your slack account for the domi workspace. If you have any trouble, you can follow along here for detailed instructions on setting up slack.
Enter into a direct message with domi by clicking on domi under the Apps section.
Or if you don't see it there, you can click direct messages and search for domi.
As soon as you enter the direct message (DM) with domi, you should get a message that looks like this:
As described in that message, domi is meant to be interacted with in that DM. All future messages you receive will always take place in there. To interact with domi, you use a slack feature known as slash commands. To update your settings, type in
/domi preferences and hit enter.
You'll get a response containing a URL like this:
After clicking that, you'll land on a page like this. This is your settings page, you can get back here anytime by re-entering
/domi preferences to send you your settings url. Settings are managed outside of slack so domi can provide more advanced features (like location based filtering, discussed below).
Fill out the preferences based on what makes sense for you. My recommendation is you only set a maximum price, and then set minimums for the number of bedrooms/bathrooms. Make sure you check the "Send me notifications" box at the bottom. If you don't do this, you will not receive any notifications. If at any point in the future you want to stop receiving notifications, you can come back to this settings page and turn them off by un-checking this box. Make sure you hit the "Save Listing Filters" button once you are done.
If you scroll down, you'll see a section called Location Preferences. In this *optional* section, you can draw areas on the map where you want to live. After doing so, domi will only send you listings that fall within these areas. It is important to note that the geolocation (i.e. latitude/longitude coordinates) provided by Craigslist and Kijiji are not exact, and can be off by a couple of blocks. As a result, you should add an appropiate buffer to the boundaries you draw.
Here's an overview of how you can draw areas on the map.
Later on, if you want to modify your areas, you can easily do so through the edit button.
Or alternatively, delete some.
Once you have enabled notifications, you will start automatically getting new listings sent to you at regular intervals. Listing messages are designed to contain the core information you need, with additional controls that let you pull more information as required.
Let's walk through each section quickly:
See the short clips below for an overview of this functionality
Listing posts are sent to all users at regular intervals throughout the day. Only 5 listings are sent at a time so your feed isn't overloaded with 100s of listings. At any point, you can manually fetch additional listings by entering
/domi pull. By default, 5 listings will be returned if you don't specify anything. Adding a number after
/domi pull X will fetch that number of listings (if available). For example,
/domi pull 3 would post 3 new listings.
As a newcomer to Toronto, you may be overwhelmed by Toronto's prices and not have a good sense of whether an apartment is overpriced. To help with this, domi comes with a feature called Price Rank. Price Rank looks at a number of different features for a given listing (i.e. location, bedroom, bathrooms, size, etc.), and compares its price to similar listings. Based on this information, you can make an informed decision about whether an apartment is priced high, low, or in line with expectations.
To access the Price Rank information for a given listing, select "Show Price Rank Info" from the slack menu dropdown.
A message like the one below will be posted in a thread associated with the listing.