'Nextdoor Charlbury' app

Lucy Mitchell
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Tue 15 Sep, 16:25

I’m a member of Nextdoor.com and find it useful being part of the larger community, it seems to include me in news from Enstone, Stonesfield, Fawler, Combe to name a few. There are a lot of people helping one another, posting jobs and adverts too. I’ve found it very useful for recommendations/jobs. I think I’ve seen a part of the website saying you can invite neighbours via a free mailout, so perhaps this is why you’ve had a letter. Using it doesn’t diminish my need for (or enjoyment of!) Charlbury.info! 

Richard Fairhurst
(site admin)
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Tue 15 Sep, 14:09

It's a marketing thing they do, apparently - they make the letter look like it's come from one of your neighbours who's signed up to the app. Silicon Valley types call this a "growth hack"!

Helen Holwill
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Tue 15 Sep, 13:20 (last edited on Tue 15 Sep, 13:25)

That's interesting information. The reason I took it more seriously is because the letter I've received has a specific name on it which seems like a genuine person (or at least it is the same name as one of the users of the Charlbury website):
'Your neighbour,
[person's name], Ticknell Piece Road'

Richard Fairhurst
(site admin)
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Tue 15 Sep, 12:17

It's a massive multinational company, based in the US and with a bit of a troubled reputation. I doubt the people running it have ever heard of Charlbury other than mail merging the town name into their latest mailshot!

Andrew Chapman
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Tue 15 Sep, 11:31 (last edited on Tue 15 Sep, 11:32)

I just googled this. 'Made by your neighbours in London and San Francisco.' There appear to be a lot of crime/privacy/racism concerns...

Helen Holwill
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Tue 15 Sep, 11:25

I've just received a letter in the post encouraging me to download and use an app called 'Nextdoor Charlbury ... a neighbourhood hub for useful information such as business recommendations, lost pet notifications, safety updates and much more'.
I have always thought of the Charlbury website as our town's online hub, and find it to be a very good, clear, effectively, easily accessible one at that. I'm just wondering why an alternative might be necessary, and whether it would just dilute the effectiveness of this site. Or are there additional services it provides that this website doesn't, or can't? 
Have others signed up to this? Any thoughts, if so?

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