A Need for A Facebook for Neighbors?

According to an article at mashable.com, Everyblock, the hyperlocal news source, has relaunched itself as a community site. “We’re shifting from a one-way newsfeed to more of a community-empowered website,” says EveryBlock founder Adrian Holovaty. “Instead of going to the site to passively consume information, we’re going to offer a platform for posting messages to your neighbors, to discover who lives near you.”


Holovaty goes on to note that sites such as Facebook enable you focus on neighbors, not necessarily people you already know. In addition to the neighborhood-specific news, business reviews, crime reports and real estate listings the site delivered previously, new features encourage users to share and discuss local news, meet one another and coordinate neighborhood activities.


My question is whether people will actually care about reaching out to neighbors in this way…in other words, is this a product trying to fill a need that’s not really there?


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