Thursday, May 3, 2012

Facebook for Fluffy? (TTT #16)

Welcome to Tarleton Tip Thursdays, where every week we help you (and your pets!) harness the power of social media. Today we'll ponder the perils and promise of posting for your pet....

Does your dog or cat have a Facebook page  yet? Well, if not, this could be a new great way for breeders, animal shelters, and animal lovers to start using social media.This could be a great way for your animal (aka you)  to get the pet's name out there. It could even result with your pet meeting a mate and having a few little ones of his own. Or maybe you have a show dog and want to show off his exceptional awards via social media.

Full disclosure: my dog has a Facebook page to find a breeder. Facebook could end up gearing certain characteristics just for the animal in order for the specific breed or abandoned dog to find a home, if enough "pets" decided to make their own profile.

Take Boo the dog for example with 3,130,142 likes and 176,784 talking about him he has become and instant icon on Facebook with a few celebrity shout outs. Boo, has been a sensation to the media and thousands are in search for the Boo look-a-like puppy.

Though this is a page and not a profile the possibilities are still endless and can only benefit you both in the long run. Now maybe your dog or can't won't end up like Boo, but there isn't anything to keep you from  showing off your cute pooch or sassy cat to the world.

By the way, you should know that Facebook's terms and conditions may not include creating pages for non-humans.  So, if you go this route (and I'm not saying you should), you may want to consider backing up your Facebook data and/or starting a blog for your pet instead.

Interested in a social network designed especially for pets? Try this list from About.com.

Brooke King is a Social Media Committee intern for the Texas Social Media Research Institute at Tarleton State University. You can find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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