One of the problems of living in modern times is that it's easy for us to shut ourselves off from our communities, living in a place for years without ever meeting the Smiths down the road or the Patels across the street. If you've wished for a way to resolve this issue that doesn't require the awkwardness of knocking on your neighbor's door, you're in luck, because there's now an app for that. Nextdoor is a private social network that aims to connect neighbors with their community in a way even anti-social people can get behind.

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There are quite a few benefits to an app like this. Neighbors can use it to spread messages quickly across their local communities, alerting them if there's a sign of fire or evidence of a break-in. People can get a crime watch organized or band together to find a lost dog, or worse, a lost child. The app can be used for positive things too, such as advertising a car wash, getting the word out about a yard sale, giving away furniture, or finding someone with a ladder.

Nextdoor is free to use, so give it a try. At the very least, you may finally find out your neighbors' names.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • c0n0r

    This only works if everyone uses it

    • Matthew Fry

      Same with every other social network ever.

    • Ray

      This only works if everyone "CAN" use it.

      Not available in my country at the moment. Looks like a really cool app, great idea, but pointless if we can't use it.

      • Alex Murphy

        Actually it only works if everyone in a given neighborhood can use it. Sorry it's not in your country, but it's not called Nextcountry, it's Nextdoor.

        • Ray

          You do realise that in Australia (and in every country for that matter) we also have neighbors? You know those people that live... "Nextdoor"?

          • Alex Murphy

            No, I thought you all lived in the outback and rode kangaroos to school lol. I was just commenting on his suggestion that "everyone" must have it (in the world) in order for "everyone" (in a specific neighborhood) to get value from it.

          • Ray

            Haha.. close. I upgraded to a horse recently though. ;)

      • Krzysztof Jozwik

        Pointless for you since you can't use it. Doesn't make it pointless to everyone.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Well of course it's US only.

    • ShaneJax

      Other nations probably enjoy getting to know people and face to face interactions...

      • dandmcd

        Or possibly in China we already have apps to connect to next door neighbors with an established userbase of hundreds of millions. Wechat, Sina Weibo and Momo already do excellent next door connecting, though I would love to see neighborhood bulletin boards divided up like this app allows.

  • r4v5

    Or, you know, talk to them like human beings.

    I don't see any advantage this has for people to start using it.

  • Willie D

    I signed up for this long ago, and was going to try it out, but it was too complicated, and required too much hassle for myself and neighbors, and too much verifications, almost like it was a cult-club they were joining. I decided not to bother my neighbors and never finished it. Come alone some other neighbor wanting to do the same thing, and again, hassles, and I threw away the notice cause I felt "You know what, I live in a city and high density neighborhood so I DONT have to get to know people" and called it a day.

    It's a great idea, but really a little too invasive and requires people to be tech savvy and not really like privacy.

  • http://www.cineblur.com Brent Pierce

    There also seems to be another company doing something similar. Except that they have multiple apps with different names that do the exact same thing.
    Seems a bit sketchy to me.
    Honestly, I feel like this is just a ploy to get people's location.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I've actually started a community on Nextdoor for our HOA about half a year ago for the purpose of sharing information about local crime and such with the neighbors easily. It sure as hell beats not getting it at all or getting a late and lame newsletter every month from them.

    It's pretty much the best solution for home owners in a certain area, as they rigorously verify that you do indeed live where you say you do and so do your neighbors. They really help out with invitations too, with free postcard mailing.

    I personally see a lot of value in ND and so do our neighbors.

    • Matthew Fry

      I will give this a go and maybe suggest it at our next HOA meeting. Of course, we're just getting a website so... it might not go very well.

      • Evan

        The HOA where I just moved decided to use a private facebook group instead. They figured since most people have a facebook account it was easier to just utilize that shared resource instead of making everyone sign up for yet another site.

        • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

          sounds good until not everyone is on Facebook :-)

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            I'm sure even less people use ND

  • Bodah

    There are a ton of my neighbors that use Nextdoor. There are posts on everything from lost/found cats, to when the next yardsale is, to planning a block party

    This was previously iOS only, so its nice to see it come to android.

  • CasperTFG

    "The app can be used for positive things too, such as advertising a car
    wash, getting the word out about a yard sale, giving away furniture", starting a swingers club....

  • Jose Arce

    This would only work if there was no malice in the world, sadly we all know that's not the case...

    • flosserelli

      I bet you are the life of every party.

      • Jose Arce

        I was, then I grew up :(

  • John

    or you can say hi.