The 2008-founded hyperlocal social platform “Nextdoor” now has a clone in Facebook Neighborhoods; a feature designed to keep neighbors of close communities in touch and up-to-date with one another.
“Neighborhoods”, the predicted name for Facebook’s latest feature in testing, is being worked at to bring users the convenient ability to get and stay connected with those in their local area through curated neighbor-related updates. According to TechCrunch, the Facebook app’s Neighborhoods section is already available in Canada and will soon be rolled out to U.S. users for further testing as well.
Previous reports have relayed that Neighborhoods has practically been in use for quite some time now, roughly since October of 2020. This usage, however, was very limited as it had initially only been released to recruited Canadian residents living in Calgary.
What can you do on it?
To make the best use of Facebook Neighborhoods, users (who have to be at least 18 years of age) are encouraged to put up an individual subprofile that then can be given a custom bio and populated with specific personal interests. For purposes of better socialization, it is also possible to join nearby and lower-case neighborhoods to form tighter-knit communities where those in one another’s vicinity can be in the know about goings-on within their local area and its people. Essentially, Neighborhoods makes possible just about whatever else can be done when using Nextdoor.
Nextdoor, but improved?
Cleverly, Facebook has taken note on certain Nextdoor irks that the much older platform’s users have found unpleasant over time. By observing these shortcomings, Facebook claims to have designed Neighborhoods in a way that combats the issues that users of Nextdoor dislike, especially in messy matters of moderation. Neighborhoods will be monitored by a team of designated moderators whose jobs are to double-check all comments and posts made on the feature to ensure that only “relevant and kind” content gets to stay in place.
Of course, should the need for any blocking arise, Facebook Neighborhoods is set to come with that option as well. Apparently, the feature will also be appointing deputized users who may be given privileges to take up mild moderation responsibilities, as well as the guiding and fueling of conversations.
Privacy and availability
In terms of privacy, users may not be too pleased (but perhaps not exactly surprised either) that, just as the rest of Facebook’s features operate, Neighborhoods will indeed be sharing user activity and data for marketing purposes such as ensuring that users always get individually-targeted and eerily personalized ads across the internet’s nooks and crannies.
CNET notes that the first US cities that Neighborhoods will be coming to over the next months are Newark, New Jersey; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; San Diego, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Getting familiar with one’s local surroundings has plenty of its own benefits. Some people enjoy doing so by physically getting out and about, but with the state of the world right now, options such as Facebook Neighborhoods or Nextdoor may be an understandably better option for others at this time. Get to know your own community from the convenience of your mobile device while you sit at home with a cup of coffee from a BUNN BT Velocity Coffee Brewer. Put on some music with an Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker while you’re at it.