Last week we got a flyer asking us to join Nextdoor. I had heard of the company, but after Hubby Tony looked into it he shared that it was a hyperlocal social network where we could do things like read about local events, look for recommendations, and buy/sell things. Tony told me we could use either our exact address or only a street name, which made it feel safer, so I decided to go ahead and sign up.
As part of the sign up process I was asked to give them my spouse's name (sure, why not); select topics I would be interested in following (not, now-maybe later); invite people in my neighborhood (nope-I don't know them); or import my email contacts so they could get an invitation (no way!). Fortunately I could skip all of the questions that bothered me and submit the sign up request.
Soon I had an email telling me I could start using the site, so I spent some time clicking around. It seems to be set up so I can filter by just people in my immediate neighborhood or include others that are nearby. There were people looking for tree trimmers, landscapers, and gutter cleaners. Someone posted a photo of a dog they had seen running loose. There were long discussions about supporting local restaurants and which ones were open for carryout, and whether or not a new proposed elementary school would be a good idea or not.
I already have a couple of things I need local sources for, and I think Nextdoor will help me find them.
Five years ago today: One Person's Trash is Another Person's Treasure