South San Francisco Launches Nextdoor, a Private Social
Network for Neighborhoods, to Facilitate Neighbor-to-Neighbor Communication
The City of South San Francisco is proud to announce that it will be using Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.com), a free and private social network for neighborhoods to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication. Starting immediately, South San Francisco residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets.
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to members who live in the neighborhood and who have verified their address. City staff will be able to post useful and important information to Nextdoor sites within the city, but will not be able to access the residents’ websites, contact information, or content.
“We believe a more engaged city creates stronger communities” said Susan Kennedy, Assistant to the City Manager. “Nextdoor will help residents create stronger and safer neighborhoods within the larger community we call home.”
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities, and building stronger communities is a huge priority for our city. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
The City of South San Francisco has been mapped into 18 different neighborhoods. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit https://nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood. If you have any questions about your Nextdoor website please contact e-mail.