Posted 08/22/2013 at 10:42 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Nextdoor, a neighborhood-based social networking app that has proven popular on iOS, is now available for Android users.
Nextdoor is a private social network for more than 18,000 neighborhoods across the United States, and the two-year-old startup is now branching out to even more users. Previously only available as a web app and for Apple devices, the service will now welcome Google Play users into its private communities and allow them to share information with neighbors, get police updates, arrange get-togethers, and swap baking recipes, keeping good old community spirit alive for the social media generation.
While it is probably more in keeping with neighborhood spirit to just walk the ten yards to your neighbor’s front door and chat face-to-face, nobody really does that anymore. And they’ve no need to; especially when they can simply login to the app and discuss community goings on from the comfort of the couch.
“We believe that we are becoming the lifeline of the neighborhood,” said CEO of Nextdoor Nirav Tolia to CNET. “We are becoming that essential information source that keeps you notified of all the things that are happening around you.”
Usage of the app is based on your address and the first person in your area to use it is required to set up boundaries for the catchment area. That person will also be asked to name the neighborhood and give reasons as to why they wish to invite neighbors. How members of the community choose to use the app is really up to them, but it does offer a good way to communicate with people you are not overly familiar with without having to share personal information.
Nextdoor says that the new app will work with 96 per cent of Android users, and the expansion into the Google Play Store comes just months before the company takes operations internationally, Nirav Tolia saying that Nextdoor is in talks with “dozens” of governments worldwide.
If you want to get more involved with what’s going on in your community, you can download Next door now from the Google Play Store.