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City Announces Partnership With Social Network Nextdoor

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Tulsa partners with a free and private social network to help get the word out on neighborhood safety issues.

Jen Burke with Nextdoor said the site has caught on in about 100 Tulsa neighborhoods already.

"If there's suspicious activity going on in the neighborhood, you can alert your neighbors through Nextdoor — or even, you know, evacuation or emergency preparedness for the chance of a tornado happening, they can all connect through that as well." Burke said. "And so now the city is getting on board to be able to provide even additional, helpful information to the residents regarding those types of issues."

One in five conversations on Nextdoor is public safety related. Burke says typical posts between neighbors aren’t viewable by public safety agencies, though.

Riverview Neighborhood Association president Sam Johnson said Nextdoor started catching on in his neighborhood in the last few months.

"You also have a lot of activity around groups that are set up for specific purposes," Johnson said. "We're building a park at the end of Crybaby Hill, so there's a little kind of isolated discussion among people who are actively involved in that — or setting up a block party, that kind of thing."

Nextdoor members must verify their address with the site. The company says posts can’t be found through search engines.