I recently discovered a new (well, new to me) app called:"Nextdoor." Next door is a free, private social network for your specific neighborhood. The way it works is you enter your name, address, and must verify your identity to your entered address by providing a phone number. It sounds minimally invasive, but the app wants to be sure all its members are real people and not trolls posting nonsense. The idea of the app is to provide a space where local members of the community can post about anything from suspicious activity like weirdos hanging on the street corner, to lost property, yard sales, etc. After I plugged my information in, I was surprised to see how much activity was being posted about in my area. People are really using this app! One of the things I saw were people alerting others to recent car break-ins on their street and reminding others to lock their doors.

When I went to check out more about the app, I found Nextdoors mission statement as follows:
"We created Nextdoor because we believe that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person's life. We hope that neighbors everywhere will use the Nextdoor platform to build stronger and safer neighborhoods around the world."
Basically, the app was invented for us to actually get to know the people living around us, and to further build a sense of community. I love the idea. I have found the app to be quite interesting so far, and look forward to what else I may find on it. I'll link the social media for the "Nextdoor" app below if you want to check it out for yourself. You never know what's going on just down the street... just might be worth a look!

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