Nextdoor: Social Media for Neighborhoods

 

Whether you like it or not, we all know that social media is HUGE right now. With Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, and more, it’s everywhere. One social media platform you may not have heard of though is called Nextdoor.

Nextdoor is a free private social network for your neighborhood and community. I have to admit when a neighbor first told me about it, I didn’t see the use. I’m already on so many other social media sites with pages for my neighborhood, but I joined anyway to see what it was all about and I’m so glad that I did! When you join your “nextdoor” it is comprised only of people in your neighborhood or surrounding neighborhoods. It has categories you can pose under such as crime and safety, lost and found, classifieds etc. but many posts are just general.

So you may ask why do I love it? I find that I use it all the time! When I found a lost pup in the neighborhood without tags, my neighbors quickly helped me find the owners. I get up to date info on all community events going on, so that I can join in the neighborhood fun. If you’re making dinner and forgot an ingredient don’t worry about having to run to the store mid cooking, post it on nextdoor and you’d be amazed how fast your neighbors will bring over what you’re missing (works when doing crafts too)! It’s a truly unique social media site that brings neighbors together and helps you really feel part of your community.

Since joining nextdoor I now go to community events, have met so many new neighbors that are now close friends, have joined neighborhood clubs/nights like bunco and supper club that I didn’t know existed, have a group of fellow business owners I meet with and have neighbors to help or to help me when it’s needed, I even found out about an inexpensive exercise class put on by someone in the neighborhood I love!

My suggestion is to check it out. Head on over to https://nextdoor.com/ and see if your neighborhood has one set up. If it does give it a try and see if you like it. I know many people who hate social media, but love Nextdoor. If your neighborhood doesn’t have one set up yet, get one started and see how it goes. You’ll really be amazed at how it can help your neighborhood come together as a true community!

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