Has Social Media Gone to the Dogs?

by on 04/04/11 at 1:07 pm

Within a few days of the launch of a Facebook page dedicated to the Puli (a breed of sheep dog) Beast, over twenty-six thousand fans stopped in to “like” the cuddly white puppy. While it’s not unusual for animals to gain fame through the media, it’s worth noting that Beast belongs to Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Naturally, the pup’s connection to the social network easily inspired a spike in popularity. For dog owners who want to get the most out of using the Internet to brag about their own four-footed sources of pride and joy, one might not see that level of popularity but there are precautions to observe.

It should be noted that Facebook has a policy against setting up accounts attached to pseudonyms and people who otherwise do not exists. The family pet falls into this category. If you wish to share information about your dogs online, you have the option of splitting your own profile or, like Beast has, create a page rather than a profile. A Facebook page allows you to create news and photos that you might wish to keep off your personal account.

While Facebook arguably remains the king of social networks, you’ll find a number of sites exists that are quite pet friendly. These portals operate similarly to social sites for human, with functionality to make friends, share photos and videos, and update visitors on what your dog is doing.

MyDogSpace offers a forum based upon the MySpace model, where dogs have their own profiles. Visitors may also access groups dedicated to certain breeds, read articles on pet care, and vote in polls.

Dognamic is a free site for dogs and their humans. Visitors can play online games while trading pet pictures, and consult classifieds for information on pet supplies and services.

Dogster, a service of Petfinder, operates more like a forum and community. Visitors can read archives of articles and learn more about specific breeds. There is space for sharing your dog’s life as well, and if you’re looking for a dog the site can help match you with the perfect one.

Fuzzster is a new player to the pet social media world. This site welcomes owners and dogs and cats to set up profiles and share the cuteness. Registered users also have blog space for sharing ideas on care and activities.

Pets are an integral part of our lives, so why not share online how happy they make us? Social sites for dog lovers are a great place to start.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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