So what is Nextdoor anyway? Nextdoor is a social media site for many local neighborhoods. Nextdoor was launched in 2011 and works like most social media sites with the exception of your membership is verified with your physical address. Only members of your neighborhood and close surrounding neighborhoods can see your posts if you chose so. Nextdoor has grown in popularity over the years and not with just the younger generation. It seems even the most non-tech-savy neighbors have been able to work this social site. Many people that have used the app will give a long explanation of everything wrong with Nextdoor, while others will be singing its praises. In this video I will explain the benefits and the drawbacks of Nextdoor and if you should you consider it for your neighborhood.
Is the Nextdoor right for your neighborhood? For me, I am on the fence on this. I just think it makes for more resentment and bitterness between neighbors giving those who like to gossip something more to add to their gossiping wheelhouse. I know for others its been a useful tool for finding their lost pet, a good dentist and a local pediatrician with recommendations from local people, getting instant responses.
Nothing brings me more comic joy than to read the posts from my iPhone from the Nextdoor app. The honest complaints from neighbors that don’t have the guts to say things to neighbors in person about your home or your household habits are very willingly share it on Nextdoor for all the rest of your neighbors to comment on. I believe the Nextdoor app had good intentions and has its place for alerts of missing animals or suspicious activity. With that being said, it doesn’t take you long as you scroll through the posts that the pettiness between neighbors gets amplified by the cloak of typing out gripes without having to face your fellow neighbors. If you do a quick google search of Nextdoor reviews you will find plenty of negative reviews of the site. There are even several secret Facebook groups that share the most ridiculous of complaints. I myself have read some out loud to my family crying in laughter at how silly and immature grown people can be. So I wonder, is this social media site truly making for good neighborhoods are causing more resentment among neighbors for all to see.
Last year a post went out asking for people to BAN fireworks on the 4th of July. In our area, fireworks are not banned and can be bought at any roadside tent or even the local Wal-Mart. I would never have thought it wouldn’t be expected that a day traditionally celebrated with fireworks would be requested to BAN them. The request from one neighbor to ban them was so silly that I couldn’t help but laugh. Her comments under the post started to elaborate her frustration with her next door neighbor and his use of them going on to say that he left her yard a mess with exploded fireworks in her yard, which of course caused so commenters to gasp. Hours later her neighbor posted a picture taken of the women’s perfectly cleaned yard and he explained that this is exactly how her yard was left the night before with no mess and he was not holding back with his response to her “firework ban” request. My point of telling you this was to explain, wouldn’t this been so much easier if the woman just knocked on his door and asked nicely to not fire or fireworks too late in the evening and please clean all the papers from her yard if they are to land there. Now everyone in our neighborhood knows about this pettiness and it could have all been avoided by a simple, not so dramatic conversation.
In closing, I’d like to say this video and description is completely my own opinion of the Nextdoor site and suggest you do your own homework when deciding on using it for your neighborhood. I tell you all this “Because YOU Matter”
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