Launched in 2011, Nextdoor is a private social networking service. Differing from the major social networks that appeal to large international audiences, this social media platform is set up for smaller groups, which have one area of focus in common — namely their local neighborhoods.
Habersham joined Nextdoor
I reside in the coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina in a community called Habersham. Featuring 1,000 properties including free-standing homes, townhouses, condominiums, offices, restaurants and shops, the Nextdoor network was launched for residents within my community allowing us to communicate with each other on various topics of common interest.
Since only verified residents and property owners in a Nextdoor neighborhood can join the network, this network doesn't really compete with other social media ecosystems, such as Facebook, Yelp, Yahoo! LinkedIn or Google. Reviewed at time of launch, The Washington Post reported that Nextdoor "seems poised to ride the wave of people’s desire to connect back to their community"
Current features include the following:
- Find trustworthy local resources, such as babysitters, plumbers, hairdressers, doctors, dentists, etc.
- Report wildlife sightings criminal activity, set up neighborhood watch teams
- Organize neighborhood events, such as garage sales, receptions, dinners, block parties, special events, etc.
- Ask for recommendations on local restaurants, area attractions, sporting venues, etc.
- Get assistance in finding lost pets and missing packages
- Sell or give away items, such as furniture, bike, moving boxes, etc.
- Form groups with common interest in sports, hobbies, gardening, education, arts, etc.
Today, the platform hosts more than 100,000 active communities in all 50 states in the U.S. and is expanding into the UK, the Netherlands and Europe at large in 2017. The expansion was made possible after Nextdoor acquired the “assets” of the U.K. local social network Streetlife, which included 1.5 million registered users.
National Pet Day
This week Nextdoor will launch a new feature. Timed purposely to debut on National Pet Day, April 11th, the network will add a special Pet Directory to the site.
More than a Lost & Found
Currently, there is a Lost and Found section where users are able to post information about a lost pet.
The intent of the new feature is to proactively go one step further by providing neighbors with contact data pertaining to each other’s pets, before they stray or are lost.
The pet directory will allow you to add a photo of your pet, their name and breed, and connect it to your address. If your neighbor finds your pet, they can message you, or retrieve it and bring it to your home.
According to Nextdoor, lost pets are usually found within a two-mile radius of their home. The new directory feature should help markedly with these types of rescues, and in a more expeditious manner.
You can establish your own Nextdoor network for your neighborhood or register with an existing one on the website or download the mobile app on your smartphone.
Please provide us with feedback of your experiences with Nextdoor as well as this new feature, once it's up and running.