A forthcoming announcement from Nextdoor & Albemarle County Police:
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Nextdoor has proven to be quite useful for communicating within the Crozet area; I remain firm in my belief (and practice) that the open internet is a far better space in which to have community conversations, rather than walled off behind closed sites. Not everyone wants to create a Nextdoor or Facebook account, and this is a furthering of the siloing of the internet.
1 – Nextdoor is going to be competing with Redfin & Zillow (as I suspected a couple years ago)
2 – I’ve written about Nextdoor a couple times: in 2014, (and again), and then again in 2014 when discussing helping clients assess the culture/community/friendliness of neighborhoods. (there was an interesting conversation at the time about competing methods of communicating to Crozetians)
3 – I’ll continue sharing important crime alerts on the RealCrozetVA FB page, as that has an extensive reach, but I suspect I’ll be getting some more information from the Nextdoor sites than I do now.