by Jessica Northey

I don’t know about you guys, but I learn so much, about myself, and life in general from my dog. Sissy teaches me about having a sense of humor, routine and even how to just let go, lay around and do nothing occasionally. She lives in the moment, and I am obsessed with that idea.

I really didn’t mean for this to be a ‘Social Media Etiquette’ post, it just kinda turned out that way. I considered common social media occurrences and practices, then related them back to dogs.  

Hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

What your dog can teach YOU about Social Media:

-Sometimes you have to bark to get people’s attention
In Social Media the “squeaky wheel” gets the oil. You have to put yourself out there, to find people who will relate or even debate with you, depending on what you are looking for.

-Keywords are crucial to communication
When I say the words “wanna” ,“go”, “ride”, “walk”, “breakfast”, “gramma” my dog responds because the words appeal to her. If you know your business and your audience, you will want to use the words that make sense and will attract people to you.

-Lick your own wounds
Just because you feel hurt, wronged or frustrated, an active timeline/stream is not the right place to throw people under the bus. When you are upset, take a timeout and be very careful about “poison pen” tweets and posts.

-You have two ears and one snout
You should listen twice as much as you bark, er I mean tweet…ahhh speak.

-Don’t jump on people’s legs
It can be very exciting when you discover your favorite celebrity, sports star or musician online, but give people some space, and don’t overwhelm them with tweets, posts (and emails).

-Don’t bite, when a simple growl will do.
It is perfectly acceptable these days to offer tips and dissatisfaction about products and services.  This is one of the greatest tools of Social Media. But you don’t have to be mean or cruel. Let them know you’re upset, see if they are listening and give them a chance to fix the issue.

-Do tricks, get treats
Positive attention is a great reward. I enjoy the simple things online, like when someone retweets, reposts or shares something I wrote, or comments are left on my blog posts, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

-Sniff out the scents you like
People ask me all the time “how do you decide who to follow/friend/circle” or “why do you follow so many people back”? These are questions you can only answer for yourself. I follow/friend/circle people I find interesting, and as often as I can I try reciprocate pending the platform. I feel like it’s way of telling someone I think they are important too.  (BTW if you have read this far, and I am not following you on Twitter or Circling you on Google let me know.)

-Don’t poop where you sleep
Just like when you are potty training your dog to do its’ business in a certain area, you might want to watch the kind of poop you leave behind on various Social Media Platforms. Vulgarity, spam, cruelty, bullying and insensitivity to others is plain crap.

-We are pack animals
Dogs are usually trained to behave in an appropriate manner inside and outside the home. On Social Media you train people how to treat you by the way you treat them. If you are a jerk to people, well expect them to be a jerk back. If you are surrounded by awesome people, you are probably awesome!

-The tail, does NOT “Wag the dog”
“Bait and switch” or multi-level marketing schemes, tactics and tricks > suck and I find it intolerable when someone purposely diverts my attention with a offer or information, and then asks me to buy something to redeem it, or that I have give up email to get something, and then they turn around and start spamming me. Be transparent with offers, do what you say you will do, and if you are trying to sell something, lead with that and don’t try to “wag” people!

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

-When you are happy DANCE around the house! 
I know that’s not a Social Media tip, but I think that happy people, make happy posts and an amazing community!

Let me know what you think, if you can relate, or if you have any similar stories to share.