Town Square

Post a New Topic

Palo Alto Rooster network aims to foster neighborliness

Original post made on Dec 17, 2013

In many ways, technology has erased the proverbial world in which if a person ran out of sugar, he or she would go next door to borrow a cup from a neighbor.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, December 14, 2013, 6:41 PM

Comments (9)

Like this comment
Posted by Jonathan
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

Why do we need the Internet for this?
Just knock on your neighbour's door like you used to before the Internet existed...

Like this comment
Posted by Tali
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

Jonathtan you are absolutely right. I wish we didn't need the internet for these things, but turns out at this day and age a lot of us do. So Rooster becomes the virtual 'knock on the door' :)

Also, some things happen on Rooster that your next door neighbor sometimes wouldn't be the best solution for. As an example: A couple of folks are now exchanging lessons in Mandrin and English with each other, folks are finding ride shares, dog sitters, and dinner buddies, a student found volunteers to act in her student film and the list goes on and on. It's just about reaching the right neighbor at the right time, who can help with a specific thing. And when the time is right one can give help back, to a different person, with a different problem, that's appropriate for them.

Like this comment
Posted by DT North
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

Just out of curiosity - am wondering how this is different from "Nextdoor" which many of us are using? (which I do find very handy!)

Like this comment
Posted by Boring, boring
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:02 am

Yet another would-be neighborly network?
If you are interested in pet sitters this is the place for you. For the rest of us, it's boring and time wasting. God bless the delete key.

Like this comment
Posted by Paul
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Check out nearbycircle dot com as well in Palo Alto. I know all the values of your work. Today we chat with friends remotely but barely know our neighbors. But neighborhood social network is very hard to crack for psychological reasons IMHO. People want preserve privacy, keep some distance from neighbors who are physically close to us. Especially you don't want let others know you are out of town for 2 weeks when asking for pet sitting.

Like this comment
Posted by Joyce
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Unless you want to ask them to pet sit and watch your place!
"Especially you don't want let others know you are out of town for 2 weeks when asking for pet sitting."

2 people like this
Posted by Johny
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 20, 2013 at 1:48 am

I have been using Rooster for a while and I absolutely love the idea. May we see more of this happening in our neighborhood.

2 people like this
Posted by Annette
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 20, 2013 at 1:58 am

This is nice, I joined. I'm not so much concerned with privacy issues or theft. The prospect is appealing to me, and I can't see much of a risk there to be honest.

Like this comment
Posted by Aaron
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I've used rooster several times and I live near Palo Alto but not in it. Its an idea with real promise, and people are joining every week. I'd give it a go if I were you.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Fu Lam Mum shutters temporarily in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 5 comments | 3,460 views

How Does Silicon Valley’s Culture Affect Your Marriage?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 919 views


Best Of Palo Alto ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Palo Alto" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.