Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
11 December 2018
Use Nextdoor, get rid of Facebook
About a year or so ago, I kissed Facebook goodbye. Much to my surprise, it’s making me use NextDoor more. My withdrawal from online communities probably isn’t a shocker to anyone, what with a slew of blogs addressing my disdain. But dang it, if Nextdoor doesn’t meet my needs and keep a singular hook in this recluse, I’m not sure what will.
If you’ve never heard about the app then bend an ear. Nextdoor is a platform that, as its name suggests, is a network of your neighbors and those in nearby neighborhoods. Through the app, you sell goods to those in your community, pose questions and responses to locals, address crime issues or concerns, and keep abreast on just about anything else that might pertain to your day-to-day.
But what’s best about Nextdoor — everybody keeps it real. It’s an innocent platform where folks act neighborly. If somebody sees a suspicious individual, they share. When a stray dog finds its way into a backyard, a picture and post ensues. If you have an old leather chair you want out of your living room, you can sell it. Just name your price and share.
Facebook once served the purpose Nextdoor fulfills
Once was a day when Facebook or even Craigslist had these same intentions. Now, I don’t trust either of them.
Don’t take my word for it. Consider the recent “Here Together” campaign by Facebook:
“While at times, we find ourselves caught in the web of drama, most of us would prefer an escape from it. This is why my social media time is limited to Nextdoor.”
The premise here is hinged on the promise of bringing Facebook back to its place or origin, where friendship is the focal point. Thing is, the Jinn is out of the bottle and it will never return. I, for one, have had one too many news scams and rogue trolls blemishing my already busy life. I just don’t have time for it anymore.
Perhaps this increasing mindset is why market strategists are urging the sell now mentality.
I believe we all want simplicity in our lives. While at times, we find ourselves caught in the web of drama, most of us would prefer an escape from it. This is why my social media time is limited to Nextdoor.
And if my 7000+ neighbors are any testament, I am not alone with that sentiment.
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