I should be a paid spokesman for the web site Nextdoor.
This is my third post about the community building web site. The first time I wrote about Nextdoor it was part of a post about the Power of Community; the second time I talked about how Nextdoor had enabled two neighbors, strangers at first, to realize that they were both from India and spoke Marathi.
As I mentioned in those previous posts, Nextdoor has been used for a variety of other issues, such as connecting a neighbor with their stray dog, helping someone find a plumber, or sharing recommendations for a pediatrician.
Over the holidays there were some more examples of how powerful Nextdoor can be, and I thought the stories would be worth sharing.
The first one that caught my attention was in regards to a Hatchimal, one of the hottest toys this past Christmas:
Hi Neighbors! I had a super lucky day this week and somehow was able to grab two hatchimals when I was on the hunt for my niece. I’d love to pass the extra one on to a family in the neighborhood that has also been desperately searching for the toy. Only asking what I paid $63.59 (59.99 plus tax).
This posting shows a couple things, first, how generous this neighbor was, since I am sure she could have easily sold this on eBay for a much higher price. Second, it shows a desire to help a neighbor, which as it turns out, happened very quickly.
The second posting involved a neighbor who had some family visiting from San Diego, and she thought it would be fun to take them to a Villanova basketball game. Such tickets are hard to come by when you are the number one team in the country, but somehow, someone had a few extra tickets that they were able to give to the neighbor and her family. They got to see a great game (Villanova won by three points), and the next day they were at the school bookstore buying Villanova memorabilia. As my neighbor noted, who knows, after such a great experience her niece could be a future Wildcat.
The final Nextdoor story I’ll share has to do with our annual neighborhood holiday party. Usually this fun event takes place in mid-December, but for some reason, interest seemed to be quite low. The party was rescheduled until after the New Year, and after making the announcement on Nextdoor, a few key people began using Nextdoor to heavily promote the event. Such promotion involved almost daily reminders about the event, and even utilized Nextdoor’s polling feature to get a sense of how may people might attend.
The result – record turnout out for this year’s progressive dinner (and I think a record closing time – I heard of at least one neighbor not leaving the party until 5 in the morning).
I think these three examples above offer a great representation of the variety of uses for Nextdoor.
If you’re not currently using it, check to see if your neighborhood has already set up a group, and if not, then take the initiative to set one up yourself.
Your neighbors will be grateful that you did.