Neighborhood social networking gets city imprimatur

Mayor Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other city officials gathered at the Milky Way this morning to announce a partnership with Neighbors for Neighbors, a social-networking effort setting up online gathering spots for 18 Boston neighborhoods.


Under the partnership, community liaisons at all of the city's police districts have been trained in using the system, according to Joseph Porcelli, the site's founder and himself a former community service officer in District 13. The city is not providing any financial support for the effort, which has a volunteer development director and is applying for a $225,000 Knight News Challenge grant.

Menino said the city will also share other information with the network, such as events information. He said the network is another example of the city providing the information residents need, pointing to recent efforts as police tweets, H1N1 YouTube videos and a system for letting iPhone users upload pothole photos to the city.

Davis said the network will help police reach a community with whom police have traditionally had little contact: Young urban professionals.

"Quite frankly, they have better things to do than hanging out with a bunch of cops, and I understand this," he said, adding, "My kids were absolutely devastated when I got a Facebook account. They would not friend me."

Steve Garfield posted some photos on Flickr as the event was going on, including this panorama of attendees.



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    Sounds like a great idea

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    Sounds like a great way to connect the city, especially for us young people. I also like the Mayor's IPhone app idea that he came up with earlier this year.


    Nothing says "neighbor to neighbor" more than a presentation given by a police cop with a gun, club, and taser in his belt!

    Here's some info on an event next week ....

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    On October 28th, Boston World Partnerships will be the first organization to convene 200 second-year MBA students from 10+ business schools in the area and 100 BWP-invited business leaders and BWP Connectors in a room to exchange insights and ideas.

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    I thought I didn't see you there

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    If Ed Davis carried a weapon, he concealed it well.


    Dan Linsky and E-13 Capt. John Greland were in uniform, but they didn't seem the least bit frightening. They even smiled.

    Dan Linsky, BTW

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    Nice event, always great to be @ Milky Way


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    See, that's what happens when you spend 18 months covering Natick, where they have a state rep with a similar name (and never mind it was so long ago that back then he was just an assistant DA).

    Howard L? You mean the guy

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    Howard L? You mean the guy Menino pushed aside when he promoted Kineavy?

    Oh yeah, Linsky, the friend of Kineavy. What an incestuous bunch.

    nope, the guy who did his 20 years and left to do new things

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    Sorry to disappoint you ...left in 04 after the DNC and a great ride of 20 years with Ray Flynn and Tom Menino, never had an issue w/Michael, in fact, introduced him to John Walsh at the start of the 06 Governor's race to keep an open channel w/the Patrick folks. Still friends today.