Columbia Launches

Columbia Launches
Posted on 05/27/2016

The City of Columbia launches Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, as Nextdoor enables online communication in private, secure group websites to build stronger communities

The City of Columbia announced today that it will be using Nextdoor (, the private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication.

Starting now, Columbia residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.

Nextdoor is free for the residents and the city. Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties, including the City, which will have a distinct “page” or group from all other Columbia neighborhood groups. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor group site. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The City of Columbia will be able to post important information, such as crime and safety updates or local events, to Nextdoor neighbor groups within the city. The City will not be able to access resident’s neighborhood group sites, contact information, or any other content.

“We are excited to start using Nextdoor to help the Columbia and Columbia citizens in better knowing their neighbors,” said Mayor Dean Dickey. “In addition to city’s keeping with the continuing trends in new media and new forms of communication, I hope it will make us more connected and provide for even stronger neighborhoods in time.

Mayor Dickey states that "if used by folks across neighborhoods and the city, the Nextdoor program can help make Columbia an even stronger community, which has been the case in other cities and communities."

The City of Columbia has been mapped into 19 different neighborhoods. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor group can visit and enter their address.

If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up.

If a Nextdoor neighborhood group has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood. If you have questions about your Nextdoor website, you can contact Nextdoor support at

The City of Columbia appreciates the suggestions, comments, and feedback from Columbia citizens, and the City looks forward to using Nextdoor to provide improved, real-time updates, alerts and other news to neighborhoods and Columbia citizens.

Thank you on behalf of the City of Columbia for your participation and feedback as we begin the use of this new tool to communicate with citizens.