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Social media site connects neighbors in Merrill

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MERRILL (WAOW) - Hundreds of people in the Merrill area have joined a social media site called Nextdoor, which is aimed at connecting the community.

"It's a secure social network," said Ken Neff, the Merrill Police Chief.

This is a national site, but the version is just for Merrill. It was launched in September, and it continues to grow.

"We're up to about 250 neighbors," said Neff.

Neighbors can post a number of things such as events, to concerns in the community they want changed. It can also serve as a watchdog for police to track crime in specific areas. Now, some community leaders are getting involved.

"Some of the ways it's being used and some of the ways that we're tapping into it a little bit is to see what is happening in the neighborhoods that are surrounding us," said Debbe Kinsey, the Merrill Chamber of Commerce CEO.

The CEO says there are a number of ways the site is helping the chamber.

"Some of the things have been the new garbage collection and recycling collection pieces that go into effect next week," said Kinsey.

She says more of the community should catch on and sign up.

"In today's society, we're so busy and we're connecting in so many different ways,” said Kinsey. “It's another technology way for people to connect, and it's a way to get to know your neighborhood a little bit."

Organizers of the site agree.

"I have this lofty goal of one thousand neighbors by the end of the year," said Neff.

A goal he believes can be reached by spreading the word, one click at a time.

If you're interested in signing up for Nextdoor, click here.

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