Nextdoor, the app that helps neighbors connect, give away things on Nextdoor have increased by 80%, but 25% of these listings advertised free stuff. So, the company decided to create a more streamlined way to get the word out about cool, free stuff on the curbs of your neighborhood. You don’t have to be a member of Nextdoor to scroll through the free listings. Typically, can be a complicated process that requires you to verify your home address via snail mail. But now, whether you’re looking for a free blender or trash-to-treasure upcycle project, you can browse what’s up for grabs in your neighborhood.called Free Finds today, which will help people browse the free items available in their neighborhoods. Since 2020, monthly listings to buy, sell and
To contact the seller, youand go through the standard Nextdoor sign-up process. If your cell service billing address is at the same address where you live, the sign-up process is quick — you can verify your address via text. But, if the talks don’t match (read: if you’re still on your parents’ family plan), it can take up to 10 days to receive an invitation letter to become a verified Nextdoor member. By then, that lightly worn might be long gone.
If you live in a densely populated area, you can probably find a neighborhood “free and for sale” -a themed. But, at the outset, Nextdoor adds a level of items into categories, like “for young ones,” “for plant parents,” “spoil your pets,” and “hidden treasures.” It could also appeal to those who don’t want to deal with browsing through multiple Facebook groups, including those that stretch beyond their neighborhood to nearby areas that would require a commute.
Nextdoor emphasizes the environmental benefits of a feature like Free Finds, which can help neighbors reduce waste when they discard perfectly usable items. Instead, they can resources with their neighbors. But more broadly, Free Finds is about leveraging people’s Nextdoor’s user base. It also when Facebook is threatening Nextdoor more directly. Last month, the tech giant launched its Neighborhoods feature in Canada, an apparent Nextdoor clone ( apps? Stop me if you’ve heard this one before). The feature should for U.S. users.
Over the last year, Nextdoor has launched multiple initiatives to support communities, like Sell for Good, which local businesses, and a neighborly assistance program created with Walmart. Still, some consumers have become understandably skeptical of neighborhood-based apps. The “Black Mirror”-adjacent crime-reporting app Citizen recently came under fire when its CEO, Andrew Frame, bribed users $30,000 to catch an arsonist using the app’s new livestreaming .to sell items on the social network and donate proceeds to nonprofit causes. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, it added features like Help Maps, Groups, a fundraising option for
Nextdoor had developed such a reputation for racial profiling that the company eventually had toout special tools to address this. It still faces accusations of allowing unneighborly behavior, groups feel unwelcome or unsafe. Ultimately, investing in new products that encourage the opposite behavior — neighbors helping neighbors, as Free Finds offers — can only go so far as to combat the app’s reputation. The new Free Finds feature is in all the countries where Nextdoor operates at either nextdoor.com/freefinds or by visiting the Nextdoor Finds section in the Nextdoor app.