New to Town? Let these 5 Social Media Sites Guide You to Being a Local

by Alex ThatcherAugust 21, 2017

Sit Back, Relax, and Settle in With the Help of Social Media

Moving to a new town can be difficult. First of all, you’re probably adjusting to a new job, your kids might be adjusting to a new school district, you’re short on local connections, and to top it all off, you need to settle into your new home – which is definitely an exhausting task!

But don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. In the age of social media, it’s easy to get to know a city with the help of blogs, apps, and online forums. To start, see our post on using apps to get to know your neighborhood. In addition, check out other posts on our blog that will help you settle into your new home using DIY techniques.

The Guardian also has a great interactive city guide for cities all over the world, where you may be able to find tips and tricks to navigating your city. For everything else, let these five social media sites guide you to finding your niche in your new town.
how to use social media to get to know a town


EveryBlock is a website that collects data from the town and neighborhood of your choice. From restaurant reviews and neighborhood message boards to crime reports and civic information, Everyblock will customize the information that you receive based on your settings and preferences. Find the best grocery stores, shopping, neighborhood parks, movie theaters, and other local family hangout spots with ease.

Everyblock is currently available to residents and visitors of Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Hialeah, Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Seattle.


Cinco is an app and website that uses dynamic social recommendations. Follow friends and family that you trust for endorsements of local businesses and hangout spots. Or use the platform to discover new locations based on the “tastemaker recommendations.”

Cinco allows users to share a “top five places” in any number of categories. From food and drink to family fun and more. You can use Cinco in any city in the US, so get to know your new town and live like a local even while traveling.

World Around Me

Winner of the 2016 Google Play Award, WAM is a unique social media app like no other, that uses your phone’s camera to create an “augmented reality” to enhance the view of your surroundings. Use it to find ATMs, restaurants that take credit cards, dog friendly venues, and a plethora of other categories.

You can also use it to book hotels, so take it with you on your next vacation. Discover your new city using this enhanced vantage point, and find your new favorite local spots to eat, drink, and be merry.
how to use social media to get to know a town

Google Local Guides

Google Local Guides not only allows you to find the best restaurants, bars, venues, and other local spots, but it also connects you to a web of other locals in your community that use Local Guides to share insight on local digs. Local Guides Connect allows you to post in local forums and attend meetups in your area.

Get the scoop on local spots, and once you get the feel for your neighborhood you can join the fun by contributing your recommendations and reviews.


FourSquare is the tried and true social media platform that allows you to get local expertise when it comes to finding the best places to eat, drink, and play in your neighborhood or city. Consolidated location intelligence brings meaningful experiences to people looking to explore new parts of town or better get to know their neighborhood.

You can also check out the FourSquare City Guide app, which helps people discover new places using community recommendations.
how to use social media to get to know a town

Get the Local Experience Right From the Get-Go

When you make your big move to a new town, don’t waste time and energy falling into tourist traps. Instead, let these social media apps and platforms guide you to becoming a connoisseur for all the best local spots around your new home.

Concentrate on the things that really matter, like working to make your house a home and helping to get your family settled in, and let these social media sites do the rest.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.