City joins forces with neighborhood networking site Nextdoor

The City of Minneapolis has formed a new partnership with social networking site Nextdoor, which will allow city officials to communicate directly with residents using the site. 

Most neighborhoods in Minneapolis are already using Nextdoor — a communications tool that allows residents to create private neighborhood websites to discuss public safety issues, post information about community events, find babysitters and promote local services, among other things.

As part of the new partnership, the Police Department plans to work with Nextdoor neighbors on crime prevention strategies.

It’s free to sign up for Nextdoor, but all members need to verify where they live before joining. Information is password protected and can’t be accessed by search engines.

For those interesting in joining, go to nextdoor.com/minneapolis

The San Francisco-based startup has more than 53,000 microcommunities represented on its site, according to recent article in the New York Times.