Vox: The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors. “Violent crime in the US is at its lowest rate in decades. But you wouldn’t know that from a crop of increasingly popular social media apps that are forming around crime.”
Nieman Lab: Fewer nosy neighbors and data overlords: This German publisher is trying to build a hyperlocal social network. “Dog poop and parking spot shortages: just local news things. These story topics might seem trivial individually but are the core of what matters to local communities — and local news consumers. It’s journalists listening for their questions and getting them answers.”
NBC: Nextdoor gave me neighborhood paranoia. The only cure was meeting my neighbors in real life instead of online.. “I joined the website Nextdoor.com this past spring, after a friend said it was better than Craigslist for buying used furniture. Having been a ‘neighbor’ on Nextdoor for the last six months, I will add that it’s also a great place to find a catsitter and an effective way to convince yourself that you live in a lawless hellscape, where you will repeatedly be victimized by violent teens, shameless thieves, and shady contractors.” Nextdoor is great for helping lost pets find their way home, I will say. Also for coyote sightings.
BetaNews: Goodbye noisy neighbors, I quit Nextdoor. “Six days ago, Facebook notified me that my personal information had been pilfered in a recently revealed hack affecting tens of millions subscribers. Lovely. Why don’t you kick me in the head, too, Mark Zuckerberg? Perhaps you would prefer a baseball bat, so you can beat me to death instead? I responded by removing most of the same information from my FB and started a content purge ahead of possible account deletion. Since then, I have been on a social media account rampage, which turned my sights to Nextdoor, where I joined on Aug. 29, 2017 (my Facebook is 12 years old, for comparison). ”
Search Engine Journal: Google Maps Highlights Public Events Currently In Progress. “A feature has been spotted in Google Maps that appears to show the app highlighting public events that are currently ongoing. A Reddit user published a screenshot that was captured over the weekend.”
Internet Archive: 27 Public Libraries and the Internet Archive Launch “Community Webs” for Local History Web Archiving. “With generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as the Kahle/Austin Foundation and the Archive-It service, the Internet Archive and 27 public library partners representing 17 different states have launched a new program: Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives. The program will provide education, applied training, cohort network development, and web archiving services for a group of public librarians to develop expertise in web archiving for the purpose of local memory collecting…. The program will result in dozens of terabytes of public library administered local history web archives, a range of open educational resources in the form of online courses, videos, and guides, and a nationwide network of public librarians with expertise in local history web archiving and the advocacy tools to build and expand the network. “
The Next Web: Google is building Bulletin, a hyperlocal community news service. “Google is working on a new way to source and highlight hyperlocal news from citizen journalists. It’s called Bulletin, and it lets anyone publish a news story just by blogging and sharing images and video straight from their phone through the platform’s mobile app – without the need to create an outlet of their own. The idea is to highlight stories from within communities, by making them visible through Google search.” While I’m a big fan of local and hyperlocal news, I’m having trouble reconciling this with Google’s problems with fraudulent information in its regular Google News product. Surely you don’t get rid of that by opening a platform wider?