Nextdoor is a social networking service that many people will see as an alternative to Facebook. For those concerned about the behemoth that is Facebook and its bad press regarding privacy issues, negative influences on the world and addictive nature, then Nextdoor might just be worth a look.

Like Facebook, Nextdoor is a US-based company but operates in only 11 countries. It claims that 1 in 7 U.K. households are already part of the network. It organises its members locally into neighbourhoods and my regular email from the service tells me I’m in Nextdoor Preston where 6% of local residents are members but I’m also linked to 12 other nearby areas.

The ethos of the organisation sounds very positive:

We believe by bringing neighbours together, we can cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighbourhood they can rely on.

Nextdoor connects neighbours to each other — and to everything nearby: Local businesses, services, news updates, recommendations and stuff for sale from the people down the block.

Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighbourhoods are among the most important communities in our lives, have been guiding principles for Nextdoor since the beginning.

Nextdoor claims you will be dealing with real people at real addresses and you’ll get to hear about what’s happening nearby. Crucially they say that privacy is their priority “We do not share your name, address or email with advertisers, and your conversations will not be indexed by search engines. We are committed to building trust with neighbours every day.”

So what’s not to like?

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