Nextdoor: The Rise of a New Social App

Two weeks in deep into Hurricane Harvey, I am one of the VERY lucky to stay dry.  One thing that goes unmentioned, though, and this goes especially for those displaced – is the phenomenal amounts of anxiety one experiences going through a hurricane. The preparation.  Landfall.  The wait.  The recovery.  I can’t imagine evacuation…  I think I spent half of Saturday in a bathtub, until I resigned that all the “tornado warnings” were a lie and walked out to survey my front yard.  That’s when a neighbor told me one just hit a couple miles from me.  Back to the bathtub I went.

My phone never shut-up that weekend.  I heard helicopters non-stop over my area at midnight.  When do you know its close?  Does it mean “me” or ALL of Houston and where does my area fit in that? I don’t live in the loop!  Friends quickly told me the place to go:  Nextdoor.…