Nextdoor Welcomes the City of Tulsa to the Neighborhood

We are very excited to officially welcome the City of Tulsa onto Nextdoor!

Today, I went home to Tulsa, OK to join Mayor Bartlett to announce a partnership between Nextdoor and the City of Tulsa. Initially, this partnership will enable the Working in Neighborhoods Department to send targeted information to Tulsa residents on Nextdoor.

More than 125 neighborhood leaders and representatives from the Tulsa Police Department, Fire Department and Crime Prevention Network were in attendance to learn more about how their residents and agencies could benefit from Nextdoor.

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Mayor Bartlett said, “I’m pleased that the City of Tulsa is the first major city in Oklahoma to join Nextdoor. This is another great social media tool that will allow us to quickly and effectively communicate with citizens. It will help us improve the quality of life for our citizens, prevent crime, and prepare for emergencies.”

Today, nearly 100 Tulsa neighborhoods already use Nextdoor to connect with each other about the things that matter most in their communities.

It is very exciting to see my hometown of Tulsa share in Nextdoor’s mission of bringing back a sense of community to the neighborhood and working to build stronger and safer places to call home.

We look forward to welcoming many more residents and agencies across Green Country onto Nextdoor!

To join or start your own Nextdoor website, click here.

Find the Hot Spots for Trick-or-Treating in Your City with Nextdoor’s Heat Maps

Neighbors across the country are already using Nextdoor’s Treat Map to find the best streets for trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods, but have you ever wondered what the best trick-or-treating spots are in your city?

We’re excited to announce that we’ve taken the Treat Map one step further and created heat maps for trick-or-treating in select cities across the United States.

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The trick-or-treating heat maps are generated based on the aggregate responses from Nextdoor members across 44,000 neighborhoods. To preserve the privacy of the our members, the heat maps do not zoom all the way down to street level. Using a gradient of green to candy-corn orange, the trick-or-treating heat maps quickly show the hot spots for candy in cities across the United States.

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A snapshot of the best areas for trick-or-treating in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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A closer look at San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Now, if you’re particularly adventurous, you can use the Treat Map to make a beeline to the candy in your neighborhood and the heat map to find the other neighborhoods to head to before Halloween night is over.

This is just another way that we’re helping neighbors celebrate old traditions with new technology. We hope you enjoy the candy!

You can find more information on the Nextdoor Treat Map here. Are you a reporter interested in writing about how Nextdoor is helping neighbors across the country celebrate Halloween? Contact us here.  

Introducing New Member Profiles

We are very excited to introduce the re-designed Nextdoor member profiles. The new profiles make it easier to get to know neighbors like you – whether they are fellow parents, pet owners, or simply share the same interests. In addition, the new skills section can help you discover a local tutor, a handyman who lives down the street, or a neighbor who is CPR-certified.

We know family members are neighbors, too – which is why you can share a picture of your children and even your pets. In addition, profile pictures are now larger, making it easier for members who have met on Nextdoor to recognize each other.

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The new profiles are great way to discover all the things you have in common with your fellow neighbors and build a stronger community.

If you are a Nextdoor member, please update your new profile today. If you are not yet a Nextdoor member, you can join your neighbors by visiting our website or downloading our iPhone or Android apps.

For detailed information on new profiles, please visit our Help Center.

Note: the new member profile will not be available in our iPhone app until next week. It is currently available on our website and in Nextdoor for Android v1.8.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Halloween is a holiday that’s beloved by many in neighborhoods across the country, but it can also be a dangerous night. From kids running between streets and neighborhoods in the dark, people driving home from parties, and hundreds of people giving out candy to children, the holiday can sometimes hold more tricks than treats.

Here are a few tips from the Center for Disease Control on how to have a safe Halloween:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult and only visit well-lit houses.

And of course, you can use the Nextdoor Treat Map to see who is giving out candy in your neighborhood, plan your route ahead of time, and even print out a map to make sure you stay on track.

From all of us at Nextdoor, have a very happy and safe Halloween!

Nextdoor Celebrates Two Years of Connecting Neighbors in San José; Partners with the City of Richmond

Today, Nextdoor celebrated an important milestone with the City of San José. Two years ago, we partnered with the City to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Now, a total of six city agencies, including the Mayor’s Office, the Police Department, the Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, the Department of Emergency Services, and all 10 city council districts use Nextdoor to share important information with residents.

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Since the partnership launched two years ago, adoption of Nextdoor in San José has risen dramatically. More than 360 neighborhoods, representing 84% of the City of San José, have launched Nextdoor websites, and membership has increased more than 900%!

To mark the anniversary and the progress that has been made, Mayor Chuck Reed and District 8 Councilmember Rose Herrera presented a proclamation to Nextdoor at the City Council Meeting.

We are honored to play a small role in helping the City of San José connect with its residents.

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From left: Richmond resident Ames Russell, Nextdoor Senior City Strategist Joseph Porcelli, Mayor Jones, Chief Tarasovic, and Andreas Addison celebrate the announcement.

The Richmond Police Department is taking crime-fighting high-tech! This morning, in a press conference led by Mayor Jones and Chief Tarasovic, the Richmond Police Department announced their partnership with Nextdoor to help improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications, as well as help implement virtual neighborhood watch.

Now, the Police Department can post crime and safety updates, event details, and other hyperlocal information to more than 50 Richmond neighborhoods already using Nextdoor.

The Richmond Police Department is the first government agency in the greater Richmond area to partner with Nextdoor. They join other innovative cities in Virginia, including Virginia Beach, Front Royal, and James City County, who are also using Nextdoor to help build stronger and safer communities to call home.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Richmond!

Interested in connecting with your local government on Nextdoor? Contact us here.

Nextdoor Partners with the Emerald City and Celebrates One Year with St. Louis!

The Nextdoor team is excited to welcome a new partner to the Nextdoor neighborhood and celebrate the anniversary of another successful partnership!

On Wednesday, Nextdoor’s Director of Partnerships, Jeremie Beebe, was in Seattle to kick-off our partnership with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department.

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In a city where more than 97% of the neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor, the partnership with the City and the Police Department will enable residents to communicate directly with their city officials.

The police department plans to use Nextdoor to share everything from crime trends and blotter articles to community policing microplans.

“Nextdoor is unique because, when neighbors connect online, they are more likely to meet in person after connecting on Nextdoor than when they use other social networks,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “And as we know, one of the best ways to improve public safety is to know your neighbors.”

Welcome to the neighborhood, Seattle!

We also celebrated the one year anniversary of our partnership with the City of St. Louis this week! To commemorate last year’s launch, St. Louis President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed held an awards ceremony to recognize St. Louis neighborhoods, ‘Nextdoor Heroes,’ and city employees for their outstanding commitment to building stronger and safer neighborhoods with the help of Nextdoor.

The event was held at the historic Cabanne House in Forest Park and more than 100 Nextdoor St. Louis members were in attendance to accept awards and show their appreciation for their neighbors, the City, and Nextdoor.

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Jeremie attended the event to share in the celebration and discuss the success of the partnership. Over the past year, there has been a 160 percent increase in membership, participation amongst St. Louis residents has nearly tripled, and content contribution has nearly doubled. The City has actively shared more than 1,500 informative posts and updates with members.

President Reed and Jeremie recognized more than 40 neighborhoods, ‘Nextdoor Heroes,’ and city employees during the event. Jeremie also presented President Reed with a letter of recognition from Nextdoor’s Co-Founder and CEO, Nirav Tolia, commending him for all he has done to help bring Nextdoor to neighborhoods across St. Louis.

We are honored to have been a part of such a wonderful evening that highlighted the amazing things that can happen when communities combine the power of technology with the power of connected neighbors.

We are grateful to President Reed and the City of St. Louis for the opportunity to play a small role in helping make St. Louis an even better place to call home.

We look forward to all that is to come for Nextdoor in both St. Louis and Seattle!

Halloween Just Got Sweeter: Nextdoor’s Treat Map is Back!

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By popular demand from candy lovers and parents alike, Nextdoor’s Treat Map is back for another year of tricks and treats!

Halloween is the perfect time to head out into the neighborhood and celebrate with neighbors, whether it’s with an incredible haunted house or king-sized candy bars.

To honor one of the most neighborly holidays of the year, Nextdoor is launching the Halloween Treat Map for the second year in a row to give Nextdoor members an insider’s guide to the best streets for treats in your neighborhood.

Nextdoor’s Halloween Treat Map lets you mark your home with a candy corn icon to let your neighbors know you will be giving out candy. We’re taking the guesswork out of Halloween to ensure you find the best, most convenient route possible for your trick-or-treaters, whether you’re on your computer or headed out into the neighborhood with Nextdoor for iPhone and Android.

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And new this year: haunted houses! If you’re turning your home into a haunted house, you can mark it on the map so neighbors can plot the scariest route around the neighborhood.

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Follow these simple steps to use the Treat Map:

  1. Nextdoor members can sign in to their account. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and verify your address to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun: nextdoor.com/treat.
  2. Once signed in, visit your neighborhood map. You will be given the choice to add a candy corn or haunted house on top of your home. If you live in or plan to visit a multi-tenant building, just click on the parcel to see the details of who will be participating in that building.
  3. Encourage your neighbors and friends to place the appropriate icon on the map so you’ll know exactly who is handing out candy or hosting a haunted house.

From all of us at Nextdoor, we hope you have a very happy and safe Halloween. Enjoy the treats!