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Two residents launch MyNabes neighborhood app

Original post made on Oct 26, 2019

Two local residents have launched MyNabes, a smartphone application to help their neighbors build community together in real time without the bother of annoying advertising and negative comments found on other social-networking sites.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:36 AM

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Oct 26, 2019 at 10:09 am

It would be great to have an alternative to NextDoor
Which has no real value and bombards is with
“Sponsored posts” AKA advertisements focusing on real estate ads and offers


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

I realize the impetus for this is good, and I hope that it makes a difference.

In my experience with various lists over the years and with online platforms and online platforms/apps that lists migrated to, there is something very impersonal by nature with online platforms/apps. Email lists have actually been far more useful. And they area true community well where the bad behavior does get censored, though it happens less frequently.

I've seen organizations grow hand over fist with email lists, then fall apart when the communications were moved onto an online platform or app. People think email is so yesterday. Except that email with a good mail client like Eudora allowed people to mine their own data -- the various current platforms and apps favor the companies' controlling and mining everyone's data. People did pay for Eudora, by the way, and Steve Wozniak called it the single greatest productivity tool he'd ever used. The Computer History Museum just got all the source code and it's public domain -- if someone were to update it for the 21st century, those kinds of personal data and communications management tools are way, way better than these online platforms/apps, and way more useful for group communications.

I like the idea of this app, but to be honest, if I need something from a neighbor, I'll just call, drop by, or put out an SOS on the email list, or vice versa, including that people will email if a ball came over the fence and they want someone to find it and throw it back. There's no technological substitute for first getting to know people in person.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 26, 2019 at 10:38 am

"Email lists have actually been far more useful. And they area true community well where the bad behavior does get censored, though it happens less frequently."

Clarifying:
Email lists have been far more useful, and they are a true community well where the bad behavior does get censored, the the bad behavior happens less frequently on those lists than the online platforms, for some reason. The latter is just by nature very impersonal, and it's more disruptive to have to go to these various platforms to do anything.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 28, 2019 at 4:46 am

Regarding lists falling apart, I note Yahoo Groups is disappearing into the bit-bucket.
"PaloAltoMidtown" was one such group, with around 300 members a decade ago.
"palo_alto_hsr" was another with a 100-member following.
Practically no posts in recent years. All Yahoo Groups content will shortly vanish.
Completely and forever, unless group members archive it themselves right now.
Social media has mostly moved to Facebook I guess. Sic transit gloria.
Present company excepted.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2019 at 8:12 am

Nextdoor.com seems to be working well. Of course the nastiness moves in, anonymity doesn't stop it, and keeping it small and local hasn't prevented it either.

Unless this one becomes a lot more popular and has things to offer that Nextdoor doesn't offer, I can't see anyone moving to somewhere with less people in the neighborhood taking part.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Given all the wackos and bad guys out there these days, I wouldn't dream of asking some stranger to contact me for anything! The same reason I don't do any social networking. I have an email list of reputable folks with whom I safely communicate.


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Posted by Small and local?
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 28, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Resident says <Nextdoor.com seems to be working well. Of course the nastiness moves in, anonymity doesn't stop it, and keeping it small and local hasn't prevented it either.>

Small and local??
In May 2019, Nextdoor raised $123 million at $2.1 billion valuation VentureBeat. 2019-05-14.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, US.
Area served: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Denmark

You can start your research with Wikipedia.


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Posted by Elodie MyNabes
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 29, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Thank you for all your comments, we appreciate every feedback we have.
When I decided to create MyNabes, I had one goal, create a social bond between all generations, build a strong, reliable community and get to know my neighbors.
Raluca and I are convinced that together we can make many lives easier and simpler by exchanging and sharing services.
It's not about seeing what is wrong in our street or neighborhood but about what can I do to help out my neighbors. For example by giving two eggs to your neighbor you will spare him time as he will not have to drive back and forth to the grocery store. We have 19 categories from Loan of Tool to Playdate or Find your sport partner just to answer all the daily needs we can have. And in our app comments are not open, you can only answer to your neighbor through a private chat. You can also decide to post only on your street.
We hope MyNabes will let us all help each other while building an even stronger community.




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