SEATTLE -- A new mobile app called Nextdoor connects neighbors through a free and private social network. So far, 145 Seattle neighborhoods are using the app and website.

It s very convenient. You get the latest posts, like this person is looking for a house cleaner, this person needs a gutter cleaner, someone found a cell phone laying in the street, said Charles Ogburn, a Seattle resident and Nextdoor member.

Ogburn joined his Wedgwood neighborhood's group, which has a large number of members. More than 700 neighbors are in Ogburn's Nextdoor directory.

People can join for free by entering their address, which the website uses to verify their location. Next, the member is linked to their neighborhood's group page to see and share posts and photos.

Members describe the app as Facebook, Craigslist and a neighborhood crime watch all rolled into one.

One of the great things about Nextdoor is that it's kept private. All neighbors can connect easily and know they're talking to people that actually live in their neighborhood, said Jen Harding, Nextdoor communications director based in San Francisco, Calif.

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