We've been enjoying seeing what Connectors around the world are posting to the Resource section of their Team pages. One that's seeming to gain traction is Nextdoor, "the free private social network for your neighborhood community."
The appeal for me is in the flexibility and free advertising. Nextdoor allows would-be community organizers to define neighborhood boundaries for new virtual communities based on what they think their neighborhood is. It also includes features like auto-mailing postcards announcing the network to your 50 nearest neighbors—for free.
Because users draw boundaries on maps around particular households, it is anchored to the land in a way that encourages localization. My Nextdoor network is just a few square miles (<5), 584 households, and about 27 members, but I've heard of other networks with thousands of members. Also, only members who are verified to live within the boundaries of the neighborhood are granted access to view and post.
I look forward to bringing it up to the Team at our next meeting.
Connectors, have you used Nextdoor, or another social network built for neighborhoods? Tell us what you've liked and haven't liked in the comments.
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