Augmented Reality, Nextdoor

Simply Civics Nextdoor

As you’ve probably heard, Pokemon Go went viral this week. A quick Google search will show you all about the phenomenon. The game uses augmented reality technology and GPS tracking to superimpose Pokemon in the real world. As a result, players tend to congregate in public places (parks, beaches, etc.) to find and capture more Pokemon.

In the spirit of getting out in the community, I’m going to share an app I’ve used for the past couple weeks. It’s called Nextdoor: the free private social media for your neighborhood. This isn’t just for Bostonians. Actually, it’s all over the country.

Couches & Public Hearings

Nextdoor is like a local version of Facebook. I’ve seen people post for a variety of reasons. To illustrate, my neighbors recently posted about these topics and more:

  • Upcoming Town Hall meetings and public hearings
  • Does the cat that stops by to eat have a home?
  • A free couch
  • Babysitters and nannies

Actually, my roommate and I went to check out the aforementioned couch. We would’ve gladly taken it. However, we couldn’t figure out how to get it into our apartment before the date our neighbor moved away.

Each day, there’s a lot of activity on the feed, with neighbors posting and commenting. In fact, just yesterday, another neighbor posted to ask for input on research she and a friend are conducting.

Plus, Nextdoor is user-friendly and has some pretty cool features. For instance, my favorite feature is an option to “thank” your neighbor for their post. A little gratitude goes a long way!

Signing up for Nextdoor

It takes a minute to sign up. First, you can either access it on your favorite web browser or download the app. When joining the network, you just have to enter your address and then verify it. Then, it will tell you which neighborhood you belong to. Believe it or not, I didn’t know my neighborhood had a name until I signed up. It’s a lot easier to become an active member of my neighborhood now that I know what it’s called!

So, check it out and see what your neighbors are talking about. You wouldn’t want to miss out on some important community conversations.

Nextdoor transcends the digital world to bring community members together. Maybe it’s another type of augmented reality…one that doesn’t use up quite as much phone data.

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