Former editor-in-chief at Whisper has left the company for good

Neetzan Zimmerman — the former Gawker writer who joined Whisper as editor-in-chief, and later became embroiled in a controversy over the anonymous social network’s use of private information — has left the company, according to Capital New York. Zimmerman and other staff members were suspended last October while the company conducted an internal investigation into comments that were made to a British newspaper about Whisper’s practices. The Guardian ran several stories alleging that the service monitored the location of its users even if they turned off location-sharing features, and quoted one unnamed executive as saying that the service would be able to track the location of a sex-obsessed Washington lobbyist “for the rest of his life and he’ll never know.”

Check out Nextdoor’s crowdsourced map for holiday lights

If you wanted to know where all the best holiday spots are in town, this might be your year. Social networking application Nextdoor has reached out to its users in 47,000 neighborhoods to map their cities’ best lights and attractions.

Nextdoor is an application where neighbors can connect to each other, share safety warnings, plan local events, and sell items ala Craigslist. It has grown in popularity in the United States, and using census data, the company estimates that one in four neighborhoods are on it.

The holiday map is a feature of the app. Little icons tell you where to find the best Christmas tree lots, best light displays, charity locations, Santa sightings, and holiday events. Find your neighborhood here.

Neighborhoods join the Nextdoor network when someone applies to draw their neighborhood boundary (and gets a handful of people to sign up with them). Some areas are far more active on Nextdoor than others, so the strength of your holiday cheer map might vary. Here’s a snapshot of San Francisco’s:

San Francisco's holiday cheer map on Nextdoor

San Francisco’s holiday cheer map on Nextdoor