Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nextdoor: A Private Network For Your Neighborhood

A few weeks back, I read about this neat website that empowers neighbors to talk and get to know each other better. The website is called Nextdoor.

What initially attracted me to Nextdoor was its private and secure space for my neighbors. In order to join the online community, one has to live here. To verify, Nextdoor sends post cards to physical addresses within the neighborhood.

Beyond the private community network, I found the directory and neighborhood map to be exceedingly cool. What excites me most about those features is that I can finally put a face and name to their home. 

During our summer cookout, I met tons of wonderful people. Along with their name, neighbors introduced themselves with their addresses. Unfortunately, the address means very little to me until I know what the house looks like and where it rests within the neighborhood.

To remedy this common occurrence, Nextdoor uses Google Maps to outline our neighborhood and draw property lines around homes. Even more exciting is that I can also take a street view of the home, which helps to put things into perspective. I recall saying, "Awwww, so that's where he/she lives!"

Other notable features include recommendations for local services and businesses, classified ads, photo gallery, community calendar, document library, and discussion wall. Did I mention that it's FREE?

If you want more information on Nextdoor, check out the YouTube video below. If you're interested in getting your community involved, stop by their website at http://www.nextdoor.com

Finally, to all of my neighbors in the Tralee Community. Take this opportunity to join the rest of your neighbors online.

If you cannot see the video, click here.

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