Today marks an exciting day for Nextdoor, with the official launch of Nextdoor in Australia, the first country to join the Nextdoor family from the Asia Pacific region and the seventh country outside of the U.S. Fresh off the heels of our recent Italy and Spain launches last month, we are thrilled to be Down Under!
Australian neighbours can use Nextdoor to get to know other local residents, find local resources, share tips, ask questions, exchange recommendations, list services and sell or give away items. Unlike other social media platforms, Nextdoor restricts communication to only those people who live close to one another, with neighbourhood posts seen only by other members of your neighbourhood. Only users who are able to verify their identity and home address can sign up.
Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder, Nextdoor said: “Nextdoor is a place where neighbours can take online conversations offline to build deeper connections and stronger communities in the real world. Australians’ local pride, mateship and desire to build deeper relationships with their communities is perfectly aligned with the practical ways our platform enables richer personal connections in real life. We’re incredibly excited to be bringing our platform down under.”
A recent study by Research Now into Australians attitudes towards their neighbours revealed that only a quarter of Australians have a really good relationship with their neighbours, with only 46% only knowing up to three neighbours by name. However, almost 7 in 10 [68%] want to get to know their neighbours better and 77% crave stronger relationships with their neighbours. The majority of Aussies claim they want to help their neighbours but don’t know who or how to help. Enter Nextdoor!
The arrival of Nextdoor comes at a pivotal time for Australians – who despite their strong sense of local pride and ‘mateship’ are feeling less connected, lonelier and more distrustful than ever. The ability to connect and build trust with neighbours and communities has never been more important.
We’re excited to continue our growth and connect neighbours in the Asia-Pacific!
How to get started on Nextdoor
Nextdoor Australia has been fully localised and optimised for neighbourhoods across the country on web, iOS, and Android devices. Neighbours in Australia can download the app or visit nextdoor.com.au and enter their address to locate their neighbourhood. If a Nextdoor neighbourhood has already been started in their area, they can immediately verify and sign up. If a member is registered using a verified address in an area where a neighbourhood has not yet been established, they can easily become the Founding Member and bring Nextdoor to their neighbourhood.