Ever wonder what it would be like to have a fast and easy way to connect with your neighbors and share neighborhood information? Nextdoor is a social network designed to do just that. Members go through a sign-up process, which includes address verification, and once admitted, they can post items related to happenings in the neighborhood, including events, classifieds, free items, sale items or recommendations. It’s a site that combines the social media aspect of Facebook with the classifieds functionality of Craigslist.
Most recently, Nextdoor extended service to police departments to enable local precincts to post useful information relevant to the neighborhoods they serve such as road closures, tips on holiday safety and warnings to residents about suspicious activity in the area. Members can comment, but unless an officer lives in the neighborhood, he or she cannot see the comments. Since partnering with police, Nextdoor’s membership has risen significantly nationwide and by 230 percent in Dallas.
So what’s the best way to use Nextdoor? Register in your neighborhood and see who’s already online. You can also invite your personal contacts or suggest using the site at your next neighborhood gathering or meeting. Make sure to complete your profile and e-introduce yourself to your neighbors. If you don’t see that many people in your neighborhood are online yet, spread the word. Staying informed is a powerful way to build community.