Can Twitter Benefit Dogs?

I’ll admit it. My attitude toward the new “social media” has been less than enthusiastic. At this time I don’t have a Facebook page, I don’t have a personal blog, and until yesterday, I wasn’t on Twitter. My view of Twitter, where you post up-to-140-character “tweets” about what you’re doing, was that I really didn’t need to know that you just did your laundry or were going out for a bite to eat. Then I read an article in Time magazine about Twitter, and all of its potential uses. And it got me to thinking. Then it got me to investigating. Then… yep, I joined. Yes, I’m now “tweeting” along with thousands of others.

What does this have to do with dogs? There’s plenty of ways Twitter can benefit our canine friends. Cruising around looking around at the tweets of others, including our own Dog Star Daily, I saw calls to action regarding pressing dog-related issues, links to blogs about interesting dog-related topics, now and then a dog for adoption or a lost dog, news about various canine-related groups, notifications about gatherings, links to petitions, links to new studies on dog behavior, and the lighter, more fun stuff we all need now and then. And it’s fun to share. I’ve posted links to a radio interview I did recently, a link to photos from a recent trip to Wolf Park, and a link to a blog site from someone who’s raised an orphaned coyote from the age of ten weeks.

For those of you who think Twitter is a big hassle to join, it’s not like Facebook where you need to build an information-rich home page. It takes probably under a minute to join – you just give your email address and choose a name. Then you decide who you’re going to “follow,” meaning whose tweets you want to receive. For example, if you wanted to follow me, you could search for my name or just go here http://twitter.com/NicoleWilde and once you’re registered, just click on “follow” under my name. You can also search for people to follow. Try putting in Dog Star Daily and you’ll see a bunch of fascinating tweets. You can even scroll back to see what you’ve missed.

Of course, nothing will help dogs as much as our getting off our computers and getting out there to work with them hands-on, but it sure is nice to have the added assistance of modern technology.

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