UPDATED Wednesday October 3, 2012

1,603 Napa residents have now signed up with Nextdoor, the new, private social network for neighborhoods. 25 neighborhoods have officially launched and one more is in the pilot phase. The Browns Valley and Old Town neighborhood networks continue to be the largest so far, with 426 and 236 members respectively, followed by the Orginal Alta Heights neighborhood with 152 members. Find out how your neighbors are using this free, private social network to get acquainted and communicate. Go to www.nextdoor.com  to learn more and get started. 

Nextdoor, the first private social network for neighborhoods, fosters neighbor-to-neighbor and city-wide communication. Napa residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets.

Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they 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. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

“I am really excited to start using Nextdoor to get to know more of my neighbors,” said Cathy Felder, a Browns Valley resident. “I'm looking forward to meeting some of my neighbors for the first time, and think this will be a great tool to make us more connected and an even better neighborhood.”

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.