Facebook Neighborhoods: a social network for neighbors
Facebook is implementing plans to add a small social network focusing on the area around where you live, such as neighbors, neighborhoods, pine, neighbors … named “Facebook Neighborhoods”. Facebook is currently testing this new feature in Calgary, Canada.
Facebook Neighborhoods allows users to interact with other users in the same geographic area. Users can create a private profile and share limited information on this small social network.
While this is a new activity for Facebook, social media isn’t really a new concept. NextDoor, founded in 2008, has previously confirmed the viability of a hyper-social network.
Although this is a new activity for Facebook, but this social network “neighbor” is not really a new concept. NextDoor, founded in 2008, has endorsed the viability of a hyper-social network.
Up to now, Nextdoor operates in 11 countries, including the US. Bloomberg reports that the company is also looking to open to sell shares at a valuation between $ 4 and $ 5 billion.
Pre-use Facebook Neighborhoods feature
Recently, Matt Navarra, an expert in the field of social media, revealed some screenshots of the Facebook Neighborhoods feature on Twitter.
In the screenshot, there are several other features, suggesting that the user will have to grant location permission to use Facebook’s new addition. The social networking giant also mentioned in advance that “Location Services” will be used to display more relevant ads.
You can select your local neighborhood + permit FB to use your location to display posts, groups, marketplace items + more from your others in your neighborhood
You can create a ‘Neighborhood’ profile for other users, who are not Facebook ‘friends’, to learn more about you pic.twitter.com/P0Ys3w9d4L
– Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) October 20, 2020
Navarra also displays a profile creation menu where users can share their details such as profile, interests, places of interest in the neighborhood, … This profile will be visible to Facebook users. Other neighbors and local people that the user has chosen to share information with.
One of the screenshots above confirmed that users would be expected to adhere to Facebook’s “Community Standards” when using the Facebook Neighborhoods feature. This is a helpful reminder of the accusations directed at Facebook for its indifferent response to groups inciting violence.
In the past, socialist networks like NextDoor have received criticism for a variety of reasons, including racism against users. It will be interesting to see how Facebook Neighborhoods will dodge this.