A few weeks ago I stepped out on my front porch to retrieve the mail. As I started back in, I saw a post card had been slipped underneath the mat. I reached down and picked it up.
Nextdoor.com It was sent to me by one of my neighbors. I don’t know one neighbor on a first name basis in almost two years of living here. But now with Nextdoor.com, we are finding out who our neighbors are.
Nextdoor.com was begun in 2010 and now helps many neighborhoods communicate with one another, know one another, help one another.
From their website:
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and
your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk
online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Find out who does the best paint job in town
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to
the neighborhood, one of the most important communities in each of our
And what is super fantastic is that your online neighborhood is password protected. No one but the residents of your neighborhood can gain access. Great idea, huh?
People are busy with their family and their own lives. But this insulates us from the rest of the world. How many neighbors do you know on a first name basis in your neighborhood?
Last week someone was looking for a contractor. Immediately neighbors signed on and as it turned out, all said they used the same person, and he lives in our neighborhood!
You can lock your doors and shut your windows and live your own life independent of those living around you. Or you can get as involved as you want to.
Many pets are found this way. Word spreads rapidly and people pull together. I’ll read something like: “Think I saw your pet at the corner of (and tells the street corner)”. Or: “Hi, I saw your flyer and I have your pet. He is safe and unharmed. You can come get him at this address any time.”
This fosters a feeling of community. And I am so thankful to have this now to communicate with my neighbors.
Maybe in the spring I’ll divide some of the many plants you all sent me so I could have my first garden here, and share them with other garden lovers.
All you need to do is google Nextdoor.com and register. Now when I put in that URL, I’m taken straight to my neighborhood.
20/20 calls Nextdoor.com the neighborhood of the future.
During Superstorm Sandy New
York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his communications team used Twitter
and other social media tools to get the word out about the storm, school
closings, power outages and assistance.
Soon, though, the mayor and New
York will start to use an additional tool to inform New Yorkers. New
York has partnered with Nextdoor.com
Nextdoor.com is on Time Magazines 50 best websites for 2013. So it’s getting lots of press. But I’d never heard of it until I found that postcard underneath my mat.
It is bringing people together. And that’s what America needs. Go to Nextdoor.com and put your zip code in. Check it out.
We’re a team of 60 people who are
passionate about building stronger and safer neighborhoods. We’re based
in San Francisco, California.
We are for neighbors.
out for a lost cat.