Should Your Pet Have a Social Media Profile?

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 2:30pm
Chocolate lab looks at social media picture on laptop

Guest blog by Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of the parenting blog Grown and Flown.

It’s common for parents to fret about their child’s internet use, a topic we’ve written about on our blog, Grown and Flown, as it relates to technology and social media. Pet parents might also wonder if it’s a good idea for their pets to have a social media presence. Our answer? Absolutely! Here’s why:   

  • You can connect with other individuals who have like-minded interests, a fundamental benefit of digital sharing. When you post a picture of your dog or cat and add hashtags with terms such as #therapydogs or #calicocats, you can make your search for pet photos as specific as you desire.
     
  • The moment you click to view Facebook photos of a cute puppy, scroll through Instagram for cats with sour expressions or watch a YouTube video of a baby elephant just being adorable guarantees that your day will immediately improve. Putting photos of your dog or cat on social media may make someone's day a bit brighter.
     
  • Following organizations like the ASPCA on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest and/or Google+ means you’ll stay up-to-date on important animal welfare news. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enter contests or upload pictures of your pet to share with other animal lovers.

It comes as no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, has a page for his Hungarian sheepdog, Beast. Beast already has 1.7 million fans! My dogs do not have their own social media accounts like Zuckerberg’s famous pup, but they are very visible to anyone who follows me online. When friends click on my Facebook page or Instagram account, odds are they’ll see Moose and Gus staring back at them. Unlike my two kids, my Labradors never object to me pointing the camera their way!

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Helene Cohen Bl...

My dog and afar do not have a FB page ... yet... but they are all over social media!

Grown and Flown

Helene, yes, our dog parenting is the same - as you know!

Lois Alter Mark

My sweet Newfoundland had a huge presence on Facebook and on my blog. She passed away almost two years ago but still graces the cover of my FB page and people ask about her all the time. I love looking at everyone's pet photos!

Grown and Flown

I love looking at the pix of your sweet Newfoundland, too, and all the other pets of friends in social media. Just like you Lois.

Sharon Greenthal

My dog Lambeau is far more popular than I am.

Grown and Flown

Lambeau handles his fame with dignity!

Pamela

Well, of course.
Edward has his own blog with followers worldwide.
http://fromthehouseofedward.blogspot.com

Grown and Flown

Edward is exceptional!