The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Nextdoor: a Pro-Con List

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The growth of Nextdoor has been nothing short of amazing. Current numbers show that it’s currently in 160,000 homes, has expanded to the Netherlands and the UK, and has just launched in Germany, according to TechCrunch. But it’s not without its issues, and, as users will tell you, having access to so much information about your neighbors and your neighborhood can sometimes be too much of a good thing.

PRO: You may discover an amazing new home baker in the neighborhood who is taking pie orders to support the adoption of three foster kids who lost their parents in a tragic accident (true story).

CON: She may be kicked off the site because of the complaints by another merchant, spurring a lively conversation about what constitutes commerce (also a true story).

PRO: It’s great if you love to know all the gossip.

CON: But not so much if you’re the focus of the gossip.

PRO: Your neighbors may help you find your lost dog

CON: You will inevitably get some character commenting on how irresponsible pet owners are because there’s always a dog on the loose, causing you to use all your strength in not responding with the middle finger emoji, which would get you kicked off the site for using profanity.

PRO: You may be able to help someone else find their lost dog.

CON: See above.

PRO: You’ll be warned when there is a wild animal sighting in the neighborhood.

CON: Wild animal sightings are generally not isolated incidents, so expect that 27 people will all comment at the same time on said wild animal, which will probably just turn out to be a large housecat.

PRO: It’s a great way to buy or sell a piece of furniture or accessory (or even a car!) without having to leave your house.

CON: There’s always someone who’ll list 45 items in the general category, one at a time, clogging up your feed.

PRO: There is an “Urgent” function, which allows you to blast everyone in your neighborhood who is signed up for Nextdoor with an email.

CON: Not everyone agrees on what constitutes “Urgent.”

PRO: You may get a good lead on a babysitter.

CON: Another babysitter in the neighborhood may report the post of the first babysitter thereby causing a war between all people who offer services in the neighborhood which will then be up to the discretion of the neighborhood lead to delete or leave alone, and which will undoubtedly not be enforced evenly, which will cause a huge ruckus.

PRO: You may be able to catch a thief easier.

CON: Of course, that thief might just be a local elementary school student selling cookies door to door. Yes, someone really will complain about an 8-year-old making door-to-door cookie sales.

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