Email your neighbours (or just neighbors for now)

Researching for a current project (which is very exciting and should be able to talk about it a week or so) I came across Front Porch Forum.

It’s a brilliant idea to help bring local communities closer together. Quite simply it provides an email list server for local communities. Neighbours (or just neighbors at the moment as it’s a US service) can sign up to email each other.

It gives an example of one community with 348 households, where 324 had signed up. The average number of messages was 20 a week with 98% of members skimming/reading every post.

I’m thinking that for someone with just a bit more techy knowledge than me, we might be able to pull something similar together for the UK. The stumbling block might be access to post code data. Any volunteers?


About Stuart Bruce

International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.