Parents across the state know of it and use it, it helps members stay connected, in the loop and aware of their community. However, Nextdoor is losing sight of its initial purpose.
In 2011, Nirav Tolia, Sarah Leary, Prakash Janakiraman and David Wiesen came up with an idea that would help neighbors stay connected. It recently gained popularity within communities and is becoming a fully functional forum for its users. The website has even partnered with local law enforcement and emergency services.
What seems like a great idea has slowly shifted its tone throughout the years. What was initially designed for helping others, has become a way for its users to complain about issues or denounce certain members of the community.
Sure, there are still people on there in search of (ISO) certain services or selling their old goods they do not need anymore, and even some users give a heads up to other members of their community about theft or lost pets, but other posts specifically target a certain audience for something they may or may not have done.
According to The Verge, some believe that it has become a hub for its users to profile others based upon their race, religion, sexual orientation or other factors they cannot change about themselves. Closer to home, some Nextdoor pages pin misfortunes or crimes on the teenagers in the area, instead of considering other possible subjects.
Like Nextdoor, Facebook began as a platform to share what has been going on in its users’ life and stay connected with friends—an initial positive goal—but has turned into a battleground of people’s personal beliefs. Now Nextdoor is full of political posts, complaints and other posts sharing one’s unsolicited opinion on a topic.
Nextdoor’s role within the community has shifted the initial goal of the website and has turned it into a negative environment for many involved, inevitably, leading to its downfall as a helpful platform for its users.
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