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New Feature Enhancements: Navigation, Recommendations, Notifications, and More

Written by Yeong-Ping Koh

We’re committed to building the best private social network for your neighborhood, and to do that, we need to listen to the people who use it every day: you.

Whether it is through feature requests sent to our Support Team or suggestions made in the National Leads Forum, you have been providing feedback on how we can improve Nextdoor. We’re excited to let you know that we have released a few of these requested features.

As you may have noticed, our team has made user experience enhancements on navigation, posting recommendations, notification emails, and managing your inbox on the website. We hope they will make it easier for you to find and share neighborhood information and make your Nextdoor experience even better. Here are the highlights:

Easier recommendation categorization
26% of all Nextdoor posts are neighbors asking or making recommendations about local services like plumbers, landscapers, and babysitters. Not surprisingly, accurate categorization of recommendations allows neighbors to find exactly what they’re searching for in the future. Categorizing is now easier than ever – members can choose from a drop-down list or type to search for a category.

Photo thumbnails in notification emails
Our Nextdoor for iPhone and Nextdoor for Android apps are the best way to get real-time updates on what’s happening in the neighborhood. For those relying on immediate email notifications, we have made several upgrades to the email style and design, including the addition of a thumbnail for posts with photos.

Count indicators on Inboxes, Events, and Groups
There is now a clear badge on the left navigation bar indicating the number of unread private messages waiting in your Inbox. We have also made it easier for members to see the number of upcoming events and discover groups by showing the relevant counts in the navigation bar.

Private message inbox improvements
As a testament to how Nextdoor is building neighbor-to-neighbor connections, neighbors actually send more private messages to one another than neighborhood posts. We’ve added a couple of Inbox management improvements, including the ability to archive messages, and more clearly distinguishing between read and unread messages.

Thank you, as always, for helping to improve Nextdoor. We look forward to hearing more feedback and suggestions – you can contact us here.


  • Just had an idea this morning – not sure where to share it with you — I’d like to create a Pet Registry, so we can all upload photos of our dogs and cats in case anybody gets lost. There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to do this with current features.

  • Good Morning,

    Our neighborhood is currently using Nextdoor but the categories are a little lacking. How can we add categories to our site?

    Best Regards,

    “Continually investing in the success of others is what will eventually lead to success for yourself.”
    Chris Hadfield

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