Many people find Social Media somewhat overwhelming, they just don’t know where to start. One strategy is to start by participating on one platform, get comfortable and then as you gain confidence, add other platforms one at a time. Twitter is a good place to start.
In order to demonstrate how easy it really is, I’ve enlisted the aid of Decker, my black toy poodle. I decided to start with Twitter because its 140 character limit makes it easier to handle. (I also thought it best to do all of the typing myself since he was having trouble hitting the right keys with his little paws and was threatening to express his frustration as only a dog with a full bladder can.)
1) Select a memorable handle — “Barkster” “FluffyNinja” or “Doggustin”, for example. We chose “7lbsofAttitude” (seven pounds of attitude)
2) Include a friendly, yet not overly inviting, photo —Beware of stalkers. Everyone loves a happy doggie, make sure to include plenty of teeth and tongue. PhotoShop out any excessive drool.
3) Write an interesting profile—Something that will attract “dogs” with similar interests: “A middle aged Toy Poodle with a zest for life. Likes barking at strangers, sleeping in the kitchen, finding food under the couch, hanging with my peeps and the NY Yankees.”
4) Tweet from your personal experiences:
“There’s a squirrel outside eating the cable wire. Why don’t they listen to me?”
“Another “accident”, if only I could reach the door knob”
“Oh boy, Pork!”
5) Retweet from and reach out to other like minded tweeters— Tweeters who share your interests. Send them direct messages and see if any of them want to follow you or, in this case, join your pack.
Decker sent direct tweets to: SnoopDog, DogBountyHunter, ItsMeortheDog, Rufus_Hound, JosiePoodle, SickPuppies, and GreyHoundBus. He is awaiting their “Follow.”
All in all a good start!
Next up— Creating a Poodle Circle on Google+