Have You Heard of Nextdoor.com?

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 free.

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 lives.

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.

Here's their blog: http://blog.nextdoor.com/

Just who is Nextdoor.com?

About Nextdoor:

We're a team of 60 people who are passionate about building stronger and safer neighborhoods. We're based in San Francisco, California.

Our Manifesto:

We are for neighbors.
For neighborhood barbecues. For multi-family garage sales. For trick-or-treating.
We're for slowing down, children at play.
We're for sharing a common hedge and an awesome babysitter.
We're for neighborhood watch. Emergency response. And for just keeping an eye
out for a lost cat.
We believe waving hello to the new neighbor says, “Welcome” better than any doormat.
We believe technology is a powerful tool for making neighborhoods stronger, safer places to call home.
We're all about online chats that lead to more clothesline chats.
We believe fences are sometimes necessary, but online privacy is always necessary.
We believe strong neighborhoods not only improve our property value, they improve each one of our lives.
We believe that amazing things can happen by just talking with the people next door.
We are Nextdoor. We are simply you and your neighbors, together.

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  1. I think this is a great idea and definitely something to look into, but it also makes me chuckle because as much as it brings people together and helps in different situations, it also keeps distance because of the online aspect and not really having to *talk* to anyone in person. Kind of like all social media, right?
    Anyway. I also wanted to say that I found your post yesterday about the beeswax candles and the cold remedy really informative. My husband is more into natural things than I am (I'm working on it) and he was really interested in the info you provided. Our son seems to have seasonal allergies (neither of us ever did/do) and I'm now on the lookout for beeswax candles for the house and his room to see if they will ease his symptoms. I would love to read more about your findings as you come across them.
    Thank you for sharing what you found! Have a great day!

  2. OK...as a Libra, I see both sides of things. I can admit that this is a good thing in some ways. I have moved to town, and I don't know my neighbors. That works both ways. I could aproach them, they could aproach me. I just think we would be better to live a real life outside and less on the computer. I know everyone has different circumstances that shape their lives. I know I can't always visit my friends in person, so then a phone call, or email is better than nothing. Sorry, this sounds all mixed up, but I just worry that our future generations will all become drones to technology, and never experience real life....I would never mean to insult anyone, our differences are what makes us unique.....

  3. Good for many communities but I live in a retirement community..Probably not necessary here..

  4. I live in a city of 350,000 people, and we have had Nextdoor for a year or so. The city has been broken down into smaller sections, and Nextdoor is available to each smaller section. That way, there is a more small town feel. People post things such as lost dogs, crime alerts, neighborhood watch meetings, and other news that would be pertinent to our area. It seems to be a good thing.

  5. This sounds useful for us country folks.

  6. This would be wonderful in my meth and pitbull fuzed neighborhood. I live between two lovely churches and that still does not keep the meth addicts at bay. I need to move, but that darn divorce lawyer wants to be paid.


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