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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Today's stream is sponsored by Maxie's

Social network helping neighbors connect

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It's different kind of social network -- one that's aimed at where you live, precisely narrowed to your neighborhood.

Right now, thousands of people in the Greater Milwaukee area are connecting on Nextdoor.com, using it to become better acquainted, share common interests and report local crime and safety data, according to the website's co-founder Nirav Tolia.

Because each neighborhood's website is private -- closed to people outside a geographical boundary -- users must first verify their physical address to use the site.  Once they're in, they can begin to interact with people nearby.

For more about how it all works, click the podcast player above to hear our interview with Tolia and a local user from Wauwatosa.