A new online service that aims to provide local neighborhoods with relevant news and communication is now accepting registrations. The Web site, called eNeighbors.com, includes classifieds, current events calendars, resident directories and community news. According to the company, the service will eliminate the need for newsletters and paper directories while offering social-networking features unavailable to those mediums. However, the company stressed that its site is private and secure. Founded in 2005, eNeighbors is headquartered in Denver.
The site looks well designed and professional. It appears to be an update on neighborhood association software (bookkeeping, minutes, bylaws, etc.), with a social networking add on. It appears to want the associations to hire the service and then hand over the list of neighbors.
By contrast, Front Porch Forum is ALL about helping neighbors connect and foster community within the neighborhood. Individual households join when they are ready. The service is free. It doesn’t include any of the other association management tools.