WEST VALLEY CITY — The city has announced that residents may begin using Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication.

West Valley City residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions and exchange information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets and much more.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the city and was designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood.

Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor says it never shares personal information with any third parties.

“In the early 20th century, folks sat on their front porch and were social with their neighbors,” West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder said. “In the early 21st century, folks are instead on their social media but, thanks to Nextdoor, can still be social with their neighbors."

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website, and information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. West Valley City will be able to post important information, such as crime and safety updates or local events, to Nextdoor sites within the city. The city will not be able to access the residents' websites, contact information or content.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address.