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.