From the March 2015 Newsletter:
Everyone has been asking…What is Nextdoor (also referred to as Nextdoor Neighbor and Nextdoor Willowbridge)? According to their website, Nextdoor is a private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free! Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
Willowbridge/Stonebridge had 275+ (next goal: 300) members when we went to press. Some days you may have a single posting, others you may have 30 members from various neighborhoods chiming in! Some postings will be of interest to you, some may bore you to tears. You can view what’s happening in Willowbridge/ Stonebridge and lots of surrounding neighborhoods. As we all know, many dogs get “dumped” in our neighborhood (some are just lost) and posting lost/found animal signs on the stop signs in our neighborhood may not help if the dog swam across the bayou from Jersey Village or Winchester so this may be a partial answer to the problem.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Find out who does the best paint job in town
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods. The company was created because they believe that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person’s life. Based in San Francisco, California, Nextdoor was founded in 2010 and is funded by Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tiger Global Management, and Shasta Ventures as well as other investors and Silicon Valley angels.
Fences are sometimes necessary. But online privacy is always necessary. Nextdoor makes it safe to share online the kinds of things you’d be okay sharing with your neighbors in person. Here’s how:
- Every neighbor has to verify their address.
- Every neighbor signs in with their real name, just like in person.
- Your website is protected by password and encrypted by HTTPS.
- We never share your info with advertisers.
- Answer fellow members’ questions.
- Share information about crime and safety issues.
- Recommend local businesses and services (without spamming or inappropriate self-promotion).
- Sell, share, or give away personal items that you no longer want or need.
- Discuss community issues (but avoid campaigning).
- 33Spread the word about local events.
Nextdoor is great for homeowners to connect with other homeowners. The Willowbridge/Stonebridge HOA Board does not do any official communication through Nextdoor. Anything posted is based on an individuals representation and not the HOA Board.