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Anaheim Adds Social Media For Greater Neighborhood Connections
Nextdoor Anaheim is a social media tool introduced by Mayor Tait as a way to enhance neighborhood
ANAHEIM, CA - (February 29, 2012) - We’ve all been there. We drive away from the house and think, “Did I turn the sprinklers off?” Or, “Is there anyone on the block that can babysit or walk my dog on Friday night?” Or, “How do I get critical information to my neighbors in a timely fashion?”

In the effort to offer a variety of solutions for Anaheim residents to establish connections with residents in their own neighborhood, Mayor Tom Tait announced the launch of Nextdoor Anaheim, a social media tool hosted by Nextdoor, a free, private social media network. Nextdoor allows communities to establish private websites to facilitate communication among neighbors and build stronger neighborhoods. The information available in each Nextdoor Anaheim private website is accessible only to those in the “neighborhood,” not the general public.

“Whether it is organizing a neighborhood party, selling a bicycle that their child has outgrown, finding a local babysitter or alerting their neighbors to a recent car break-in, Nextdoor is an innovative, new way to help people connect,” said Mayor Tait in his State of the City address. “And when people connect, good things happen.”

Nextdoor Anaheim is part of the Mayor’s Hi Neighbor initiative. There are many ways to connect with neighbors, such as face-to-face conversations, speaking on the telephone, posting flyers throughout the neighborhood, and now, through social media via Nextdoor Anaheim.

Mayor Tait introduced the Hi Neighbor initiative in 2011 as part of his Freedom and Kindness platform. Hi Neighbor is a neighborhood outreach campaign based upon the fundamental principles of neighbors helping neighbors, both to show acts of kindness as well as assisting our neighbors in times of need. The core values of the Hi Neighbor program are community policing, emergency preparedness and community building.

“I cannot overstate the need to improve our social infrastructure,” continued Mayor Tait. “It is what a mayor should be talking about. It is what a city should be doing. When people are connected, a city is resilient.”

So the next time you leave your home and wonder if a neighbor can help you by turning the sprinklers off, you can either call a few neighbors, or with a few taps on your Smartphone or clicks on your computer, you can access Nextdoor Anaheim and put your mind at ease.

For more information please visit www.anaheim.net/neighbor


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