What is all the buzz about NEXTDOOR?
Getting to know your neighbor can be as easy as logging on to a computer.
Households across Marin County have started getting connected through Nextdoor, an online platform that allows users to create private social networks focused on their neighborhoods. The free service provides a forum for neighbors to organize events, exchange advice, talk about safety concerns or find common interests.
It’s a way to overcome barriers that might otherwise keep residents from learning about the people who live around them, said Ray Lorber, who started the Nextdoor network for the Mont Marin neighborhood around Las Gallinas Ave.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Lorber said. “But so far it’s been really cool. People are getting to know each other, which is an important thing to do.”
Lorber heard about the service through a friend and logged in to Nextdoor.com. After verifying his address, the system allowed him set up the neighborhood network within a small geographic area.
Neighbors are invited to join through email or through postcards mailed by Nextdoor. Only those living in the delineated area may join.
Privacy of neighbors is carefully protected and networks cannot be accessed by Internet search engines.