Get in touch with your neighbors with this site (and app)Below we have highlighted some of the noteworthy features you can enjoy once you create an account (which you can do by clicking here.)Make yourself at homeOnce you have created an account and downloaded the app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices, you can visit the homepage. Think of the homepage as your Facebook feed but hopefully less time-consuming and more up-front. Here, you will find discussions near the top of the screen and conversation topics listed on the left side of the page. The homepage is a great place to gain an overall understanding of what is important to your neighbors. Perhaps there’s a big football game coming up or your neighbor down the street is having a yard sale, you can learn more by simply reading what your neighbors are saying and contributing.Now, let’s explore some of the unique features of Nextdoor that differentiate it from the other social media networks:RecommendationsIf you are searching for a great restaurant for date night, a reputable roofer for that annoying leak in your roof, or a local health food store, be sure to check out the “Recomendations” tab. While Facebook has certainly mastered the art of posting and sharing online reviews of local businesses and places, Nextdoor takes it a step further and allows a more streamlined way of reading and sharing reviews on the places that interest you the most. Simply comb through recommendations using the search feature or share an announcement of your own asking your neighbors to shed some light on what their favorite restaurants, stores, services and businesses are.Crime WatchNextdoor’s Crime & Safety feature is a great way to monitor the not-so-neighborly occurrences in your area. Think of this feature as a virtual neighborhood watch that allows you to keep tabs on stolen packages, car theft and other suspicious activities in your area.Neighborhood classifiedsNextdoor features a classifieds section called For Sale & Free, which is a great place to read about upcoming yard sales, rooms for rent and any miscellaneous services being offered by your neighbors such as pet sitting or babysitting. You can also list or browse any items that you or your neighbor are looking to get rid of.Stay in touchWe are all busy and let’s face it, sometimes social media apps can be time-consuming. Thankfully, Nextdoor has an email newsletter that you can sign up for allowing you to remain in the know of what’s happening in your area without spending hours scrolling through your feed. You can access the email notifications via the “Settings” tab and then select what notifications you would like to receive and how often. We recommend signing up for Nextdoor’s Daily Digest, a daily email highlighting the top posts from people in your neighborhood.
Gone are the days of neighborhood watch groups. Now, social networking has take over as people post videos from home cameras, put up stuff for sale, and more. Is there a difference now between being neighborly and spying? In this episode of Consumer Tech Update, Kim looks at how neighborhoods have evolved in how information is shared among neighbors.