Security cameras and neighbors linked online. One can imagine some interesting future trends to come from this.
Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood," said Nextdoor CEO Nirav Tolia.
Tolia says while we're busy reaching out to friends around the world on
Facebook, we might be ignoring our neighbors.
"You see them when you take your dog out for a walk, you see them when
you're coming in and out of your garage, but you don't know their names.
Nextdoor makes it easy for you to get to know them, and once you have a critical
mass of neighbors that you know, you can start to solve problems together," said
Nextdoor's defining feature is that it requires you to prove you actually
live in the neighborhood before you can see or post messages. You have to answer
a home phone call or get a postcard in the mail with a special code.
"When you're talking about things related to your home, your address, where
your children go to school, it's very important to be able to trust the people
that you're communicating with," said Tolia.
You can post about anything such as something you lost or a good local
doctor, but neighbors say one of the best uses is crime prevention.
"I mean literally within minutes we all know what is going on or that- See
there's a suspicious car in the neighborhood," said Tomczykowska.