Nextdoor, an app similar to Facebook that connects neighbours rather than friends and colleagues launched in France Thursday, according to the app’s website.
Nextdoor allows users to find a nearby babysitter, be notified when a burglary occurs, or when a party is going on in the neighbourhood.
France is the fourth European country the app will be launched in after previous launches in the Netherlands, Germany, and the UK.
“The launch of Nextdoor in France represents a critical step in our continued European expansion. The value in connecting people to what matters most to them locally transcends national boundaries, and we are thrilled that our initial tests were received with great enthusiasm,” said Nextdoor co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia. “We look forward to playing a role in helping neighbours across France utilise Nextdoor to make local connections every day that strengthen communities.”
Nextdoor has almost 12 million monthly users in the United States. According to app measurement firm SimilarWeb, the website had almost 55 million hits in December 2017. Almost 80 percent of neighbourhoods in the US are represented on the app.
Nextdoor began testing the app in 200 neighbourhoods in Paris in early January. The company calculates there are 40,000 distinct neighbourhoods there.
The app and services are free for users in Europe with no sponsored advertising.