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Pets on the ‘Net: The Social Media Circuit

July 12, 2012 by Pam Hoerauf in Home, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Whether you’re doing it for fun or for fame, blogging isn’t the only way to show off your pet online. Here are some other popular social media platforms for pets that you may want to consider checking out:

Twitter

This is a great place for your pet to break into social media because it doesn’t require a large time commitment, and you can pick it up and put it down as your day allows. It also makes it easy to keep up and connect with your favorite pet people and brands by following their Twitter streams.

Twitter is full of “ani-pals” and other people engaged in pet media. In fact, while the BlogPaws conference was going on last month the hashtag #BlogPaws was a top “trender” every day of the conference (meaning that on those days it was one of the most popular Twitter topics in the entire country).

Get your pet’s name out there, 140 characters at a time.

Facebook

It’s not just for people anymore. Facebook fan pages are popping up every day for all types of animals—from serious pet bloggers, to people who just check in occasionally, Facebook is a major platform for the ever-expanding online pet community.

Just like your personal Facebook page, your pet’s fan page can post on others’ walls, share photos/videos/links, keep track of pages you like in your timeline, etc.

And like Twitter, everybody has a Facebook page—from your favorite dog food brand to the author who wrote that cat book you couldn’t put down. It’s an excellent place to get your pet out there and keep yourself current on pet topics that interest you.

YouTube

Anyone can become a star on YouTube these days—including Fido and Fluffy. Sharing videos of your pet is a way for friends, family, and fans to watch your furry camera-loving pal grow up, show off new tricks, and just be their all around cute selves.

Creating a YouTube channel for your pet only takes a few minutes, and uploading videos from any type of device is a snap. So try it out—who knows, your pet might go viral!

Pinterest

It may be the new kid on the social media block, but Pinterest is proving to be an incredibly useful tool for sharing and connecting online. It’s great for sharing pictures of your pet and directing new readers to your blog. Follow other passionate pet people and keep an eye on trends, or look through all images in the “Pets” category for new content and photo ideas.

Get your pet his very own Pinterest account, or add a board—or boards—for him on your personal account. Be careful though—“pinning” can get pretty addicting; it’s very easy to lose multiple hours of your day scrolling through the site. So while technically it’s not a large time commitment, it may turn into one!

 

Can everyone keep up a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a YouTube channel, and a Pinterest account for their pet? Probably not. Engaging with multiple types of social media takes a lot of time and effort; don’t feel like you have to use all of them. Just have fun, and remember that your actual pet—not their online presence—is where you should be placing the most focus.

 

Pam Hoerauf created and maintains The Daily Oskar and Pet Blogs United. She is owned by Oskar, an excessively handsome Miniature Schnauzer and 2 cats, Chloe & Moe. She’ll be here every other week sharing with TAILS readers everything there is to know about pets on the ‘net!

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