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I tried that... I have a local community site for the region I live in and I wanted to add neighborhood groups, starting with my own. Didn't get a single bit of interest.

Sounds like a great idea in theory. In practice, not so much. I suppose it depends on the neighborhood, though, and how much time they spend online already.


Michael Wood-Lewis

Indeed, this is hard work. We're making it happen in our corner of Vermont where 18,000 households subscribe to Front Porch Forum. We host a network of 140 online neighborhood forums, and any resident may join the one neighborhood forum that covers where he/she lives. In several of our neighborhood forums, more than half subscribe and 2 or 3 out of 4 post... super active. But it doesn't work everywhere.


I've seen Front Porch Forum before and thought it was a pretty good idea. It goes a lot farther with security and ensuring it's just people who live there posting than I did, which I thought would be nice but is more work than I'm able to do.

There's been a few things lately where I wished I could send out a message to my neighbors, so I've been thinking of having another go at it. Maybe I'll have better luck this time. :)


I Need Money Desperately

Yes this will be really good but one problem is how will you convince them to join? And when they finally join, conflict will not be avoided because of so many things..


I manage a Ning network for the "village" where I live called and it's been a significant community builder. Not only did I distribute flyers to spread the word about the site the old fashioned way, but I used Facebook and Twitter as well. It has become a hub for community discussions, local news and other good stuff. In addition, we've taken the community offline with regular meetups at local cafes and other businesses. It has been a lot of work, but it has also been extremely rewarding. We now have more than 550 registered members and we're growing every day.

Sean Feeney

Neighborhood social networking has been around for a while:

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