Here is our review of Nextdoor social neighborhhod app and we would like for you to share your opinion on the social neighbor app. Below you will read why I created an account, and also why I had that account deleted for concerns with privacy.
The Nextdoor neighborhood app claims it is a private social network for neighborhoods. They encourage users to use the platform to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
The company is based in San Francisco, California. Founded in 2008 and launched in the United States in October 2011. Users of this social network have to submit their real names and real addresses to the website. Their posts which are made to the website are available only to other Nextdoor members living in the same neighborhood, or proximity.
The company exchanges services with government agencies such as the California Secretary of State’s office and the District of Columbia Board of Elections. These public agencies collect and present voter-education information, such as voting locations and voter registration deadlines. This is offered as a link in the Nextdoor platform for members in those neighborhoods. (from wikipedia)
Wikipedia also states “Starting around 2015, concerns about Nextdoor being used for racial profiling within neighborhoods arose around the country.”
Do you feel safe with that? I don’t!
Your Privacy with this Social Neighbor App
I’ll be honest with you, on Twitter I never use my real name. On Facebook I keep my profile private and restrict you can see my information. But on the Nextdoor social network I had to use my real name, and they even verify your address…
Their privacy statement concerned me. I just did not want neighbors around me, who might like me or not like me, to know about what I post and everything I say on this social network.
Finances and Privacy Concerns
I don’t know about their finances, but I did want to find some information that raised more concerns for me. Wikipedia also states: “In May 2019, Nextdoor raised $123 million at $2.1 billion valuation.”
I am not a financial analysts, but I do understand that ‘Raising’ money means taking on investors. If they are Raising money, it leads me to believe that they are not yet a profitable company.
To me; this means that they are loosing money, and they are allowing people and other companies to buy shares in their company.
My next question is who and why would anyone be investing in a company that collects this much information on people, and what they discuss. Don’t forget that your profile and information you share is geo tracked.
Reviews of Nextdoor Social App
Have you browsed around for reviews of Nextdoor? Almost everywhere I turn I see bad reviews, horrible reviews and then some that say they love it. There are numerous complaints of people having their profiles deactivated, being censored, neighbors picking fights, neighbor harassing and stalking other neighbors.
If you look at their BBB you will see how many complaints they have. There are even some complaints about scams taking place, even though I think they remove scammers quick.
Now, I completely understand most people search and write reviews when they have a problem. Not too many people just do a search in order to write a positive review.
I can see where sharing information with your neighbors would be beneficial. Sure it’s nice to share information about situations that are happening around the neighborhood, crime, or even ask for suggestions.
What I think the Nextdoor app is good for:
- Lost animals
- Local Recommendations
- Sharing of Events
- More talk about animals
Is Facebook a better social neighbor experience?
Even though facebook also has their privacy concerns, it does have safety and security features where you can control your privacy much better. I personally follow my local police department on Twitter and ge their alerts when something is going on around the neighborhood or even road closures. You might want to consider opening up a facebook group for your neighborhood.
My Experience with the Nextdoor Neighbor social network
There are numerous news articles that I have read where neighbors have gotten into fights and even shooting over things said on the nextdoor social app. The fact that you have to give them all this private information, and people who live within a close proximity can see what you post and what you say just raises a huge concern to me.
What is your opinion on Nextdoor?