News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Gartner ranks Druva #1
in overall product rating for
enterprise endpoint backup
for the second year in a row!
You are here: Home / Personal Tech / NYC Gets Neighborly with Nextdoor
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
New York Gets More Neighborly Online with Nextdoor
New York Gets More Neighborly Online with Nextdoor
By Jennifer LeClaire / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
14
2013


New York City is often referred to as the City that Never Sleeps. Now, it's about to get a little more neighborly in the social media age through a new partnership.

On Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a partnership with Nextdoor, a free, private social network designed to help neighbors stay connected about important city and safety updates through secure neighborhood Web sites and a mobile application.

"Partnering with Nextdoor is another step forward in our adoption of strategic technology that better serves New Yorkers," said Bloomberg. "Nextdoor gives New York neighbors an easy way to connect and communicate with those who live around them. It also provides the City with a direct line of communication to residents about important and often critical updates."

How It Works

Here's how it works: Residents can use their Nextdoor Web sites to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Neighbors in New York City, for example, can use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood safety issues, local events, local businesses, lost pets, and other issues.

Nextdoor has already created more than 1,800 neighborhood Web sites across all five boroughs to support the residents of New York City. With the initial rollout, New York City residents will receive pertinent information from the City, via its Nextdoor NYCgov Web site. NYCgov currently uses social media platforms like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook to post news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications for New Yorkers. By using Nextdoor, the City will be able to target those postings to specific neighborhoods.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the city. More than 14,000 neighborhoods and more than 120 city governments, including three of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. -- San Diego, Dallas and San Jose -- have adopted the service.

Staying in the Know

Nextdoor is designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to build stronger communities. All members must verify that they actually live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines.

We caught up with Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, to get his take on the partnership. He told us he has used Nextdoor to find a lost pet and the service works well.

"This is a huge win for Netxtdoor and the service really does a nice job of connecting neighborhoods and making them quite a bit more safe, primarily because now you know the people who live around you and you can send out alerts to a lot of them. It's actually pretty handy," Enderle said.

"You can also use it to stay aware of city events and to stay aware of problems that exist on a neighborhood or city level that we should respond to. It's a great way, for a relatively low cost, to provide a greater level of connections between citizens and the cities in which they reside."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Lisa:

Posted: 2013-06-15 @ 1:37pm PT
I agree. Why would you put your personal details like when you are going on holiday on to Nextdoor when a criminal can visit his girlfriends apartment get verified and have a login to all your information. I'm staying well clear of this.

Rhonda:

Posted: 2013-06-15 @ 9:43am PT
I agree with thumbs down... does not sound safe... not something I'd recommend to my friends or family.

Thumbs Down:

Posted: 2013-06-15 @ 9:40am PT
I'm skeptical about this one. I think it can be another source of online danger... connecting to strangers online just because they happen to live in the neighborhood? We're not talking about small town America here. We're talking New York City. Might be good for finding a lost pet if you're desperate, or the city putting alerts out, but on a personal level, it just doesn't sound safe.

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN PERSONAL TECH
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.