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Community-Connecting Apps

Bond with Your Neighbors on This Community-Building App

— July 12, 2013 — Tech
Nextdoor is a community-building app for those who live in your area. Available for download free of charge, this social networking tool will let you bond with your neighbors quickly and conveniently. Using your smart phone's location services, the app will track your district and the users within it -- this then creates a private platform for your group to post announcements and photos. From organizing a crime watch unit to finding a babysitter to spreading the word about a lost pet, the app serves great social causes.

Today's urban lifestyle makes it hard to get to know our neighbors. Attempting to bring back tight-knit community bonds, Nextdoor provides an opportunity for you and nearby residents to discuss important matters. The motive behind the creation of this app is heart-warming: "When neighbors start talking, good things happen."
Trend Themes
1. Community-building Apps - Nextdoor is just one example of the growing trend of apps that aim to connect people within their communities, providing an opportunity for disruptive innovation in the social networking space.
2. Hyper-local Social Networking - Nextdoor's use of location services to create private platforms for neighbors to communicate highlights the trend of hyper-local social networking, presenting opportunities for disruptive innovation in location-based marketing and community organizing.
3. Rekindling the Neighborhood Connection - Nextdoor's mission to bring back tight-knit community bonds reflects a larger trend of rekindling neighborhood connections, presenting opportunities for disruptive innovation in fostering local collaboration and sense of community.
Industry Implications
1. Social Networking - Nextdoor and similar community-building apps create disruptive innovation opportunities in the social networking industry by focusing on hyper-local connections and fostering community bonds.
2. Location-based Marketing - The use of location services in apps like Nextdoor presents disruptive innovation opportunities for location-based marketing, allowing businesses to target hyper-local audiences and engage with potential customers in their communities.
3. Community Organizing - Nextdoor's platform for neighbors to communicate and collaborate creates disruptive innovation opportunities in the field of community organizing, empowering residents to take action and address important local matters.
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