For neighbors who favor social media, we’ve developed a social media strategy with the following objective in mind: facilitate positive, accurate communication about events and happenings within the neighborhood.
Unfortunately, criminals are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to successfully target homeowners using social media. To support our social media objective while helping to protect residents, we set up two separate Facebook pages – one private and one public.
FACEBOOK PUBLIC PAGE: The public page allows users to share information with the public at large (e.g., pictures of sunsets, promotion of the neighborhood, and information about surrounding amenities).
FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE (PRIVATE): We have a separate Facebook page that is closed (meaning an administrator must approve access). This reduces the likelihood of anyone outside of our community seeing activity we want to keep private (e.g., upcoming events and requests for contractor referrals). If you’d like to be added to the group, submit a request to join. If you are not recognized as a neighbor, an administrator will message you for more information.
NEXTDOOR.COM — What’s that all about? Nextdoor.com is like Facebook or Craigslist for neighborhoods. Some surrounding neighborhoods are using it as a place to find repairmen, used furniture, new local places, tree trimmers, etc.
The civic association has not recommended this site, but some neighbors have been sharing invitations to the site and activity has been ramping up from our neighborhood and other nearby areas. From the association’s perspective, we see both upsides and downsides associated with this site.
NextDoor expands our residents’ online reach into other neighborhoods and complexes. Likewise, it expands their reach into our homes.
Our greatest concern is based on security. If you choose to use this site, please be cautious and consider both who could see and respond to your post.