Nextdoor is the free and private social network just for the local area. On the new neighbourhood site and app, residents can share recommendations for traders, plan neighbourhood events, discuss safety, post things for sale and much more.

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community, a platform to build stronger and safer neighbourhoods. It’s an easy way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Site privacy and crime prevention

The idea behind Nextdoor is that we trust our neighbours to interact with us in a responsible way. ‘Real’ names are a way of doing this, although if you prefer to be anonymous, perhaps this isn’t the site for you.

Nextdoor is a closed community; your information is only visible to others who are registered and verified. You can easily hide your house number (in Settings – Privacy). The privacy policy is shown when you sign up and you can deactivate your account at any time. By providing real names, nobody can hide behind an alias and any antisocial comments will be dealt with quickly and personally by the moderators (all are local volunteers)..

In our area, neighbourhoods more or less follow Milton Keynes grid-square lines, although the canal also separates grid squares into separate east and west Nextdoor neighbourhoods. Messaging is very customisable to your choice. Messages can be posted to closed groups within a neighbourhood, the whole neighbourhood or to the local and surrounding neighbourhoods. You can select which categories of message you wish to receive or, if you prefer, just a daily digest

Early examples of how Nextdoor is being used locally:

Advertising community events
Asking neighbours to look out for a lost rabbit
Warnings of suspicious activity
Recycling for good causes
Links to other sources of information
General information of interest to the local community
Lend/borrow and dog owner groups – more to follow
Volunteer recruitment
Items for sale, wanted and free.
Recommendations for plumber, gardener, electrician, handy-man

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