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There are so many ways to create social networks these days or to be part of a social network, that the question that is begging for an answer is WHY? Why would someone want to do this and what caused you to go down that path? Here's a couple of common reasons, but I'd love to hear your own story.

1) The first and obvious reason is to market a product,
2) The social aspect of meeting and talking with new people
3) Keep in contact with existing friends
4) Share important information with others


In my case, the answer was easy. Not long ago, the organization that employs me decided to have many of its' employees work from home. I am a social person, and missed the interaction with people every day. I opted to join MySpace to keep in touch with family and friends, but found that no one other than my family wanted talk to a grown woman.

So... I changed my page to OzSee ~ my wonderful miniature schnauzer! I had "friends" coming out of my ears. All of them expecting me to speak as my dog. There even was a lingo to learn like BOL (Bark Out Loud) instead of LOL (Laugh Out Loud). I was beginning to lose my identity in that of my cute pooch. As a result, Pet Lovers Paradise was born. I could get back to being me instead of OzSee, have a social life again, and share my love for my pets in one fell swoop. The wonderful thing is that I found out that I wasn't alone! There are multitudes of folks like me that love their animals beyond imagination and just want to shout it from the roof tops.

PLP is NOT a monetized site. This is strictly a labor of love, and we take advertising and spamming seriously so the decision to reach out for partner networks was a tough one, BUT, if you are marketing anything pet related, please visit our site and view the scroll at the very bottom of the page. We are looking for viable interests that those with pets would have so anything from dog collars to pet newsletters - dog biscuits to fido sweaters. If you have an item to offer and wish to partner, feel free to join the site and we can discuss how to exchange banners.

Better yet - if you are just a pet lover, and can't wait for an opportunity to chat about your pet, please join us and brag away! We'd love to have you.

We'll welcome you with open paws and promise not to slobber on ya too much.


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Comment by Jennifer H. on September 25, 2009 at 9:00pm
People create a social network for many reasons which could be to promote a business, support a cause such as animal rights, environmental, political.

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Comment by Robert Sloan on September 23, 2009 at 10:06pm
Hmm. I haven't actually started a social network because I've got so many of them now that I don't think I'd have time for a new one. But if I were organizing an event, especially an online event, that'd be one of the first things I did to get it going -- set up a NING group for it so that everyone involved in making it happen could find it easily and those interested in getting involved could sign up for it easily.
Comment by Dr. Erica Goodstone on September 23, 2009 at 5:11pm
I started by writing blogs and then listening to other people's blogs and comments. And the connections and friendships just keep on expanding. By being out there, so visible, many old acquaintances from elementary school, high school, college, ski lodges, other professional trainings, former jobs, etc., have suddenly contacted me. What a delight to connect with new people every day and re-connect with others sporadically. DrErica
Comment by Keith Ager on September 23, 2009 at 11:16am
Hi their - Pet Lovers Paradise.
Well yes, there are many social websites here at 'Ning'.
And I'm kind of in agreement with your comments.
However, I like to give people room to vent their Business and be Social
comments at the same time. But nearly all choose the business route.
Why do you think that is?
Pop along and see for yourself. The site title speaks for itself: -
http://thesocialpack.ning.com/
Comment by Paradise on September 22, 2009 at 9:01pm
I kind of had the same reasoning for social networking. In the beginning, it was for some human interaction because I was working from home. I enjoy "meeting" people that I normally might not come in contact with. Then it became a catalyst for promoting my business... and the rest they say - is history!!

Feel free to track with me via:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shellyelyons
Twitter: http://twitter.com/paradisetx
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/shellyelyons

Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/NBWENRadio

Ning: http://nbwenorg.ning.com/profile/Paradise

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/nbwen

NBWEN on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Business-Women-Enterprise-Ne...
Speaking Site: http://www.shellyespeaks.com
Comment by Lee Roche on September 22, 2009 at 4:05pm
Social Networking is great. You get to meet people from all over the world without leaving your armchair!! I know its not like the real thing and I do love to travel, but you would never meet so many interesting people while travelling as you are too busy looking at the sites. I have friends from social networking from all over the world. I love it. Have a great day :)
Comment by Mitch & Ashley on September 22, 2009 at 3:45pm
Social media is here to stay. What better way to learn than by participating? Follow me on Twitter @RetireEarly
Cheers
Mitch
Comment by Linda Lester on September 22, 2009 at 3:11pm
I just did it because it seemed like the thing to do!
Comment by Catherine Mascrès on September 22, 2009 at 1:14pm
I'm an artist, so it is necessary to show what I do. The more people see the more chances I have that someone likes something I do. I have my own web site and belong to many art sites. I sometimes on the net meet a person who becomes a friend( from there I even meet some in real life!) This is also unvaluable. Thank you for sharing. Ami. Cath
Comment by Steve Smith on September 22, 2009 at 12:41pm
I started my social media strategy to generate attention and visibility for my business. I have a small business coaching and consulting franchise called OneCoach of Saddleback Valley. I find that although it's quite a bit of work, the value I get from providing business building and marketing information to business owners is quite rewarding. Some of my networking clients think I'm nuts for giving away the content I give away but the truth is, most people have difficulty implimenting what they learn so eventually, they ask for help.
I conducted a short webinar a few weeks ago on the importance of Social Media. It was designed for the novice. You can view it at http://vimeo.com/6615389.
My company also has a client in Seattle that runs a dog training and bording business. His company is BowWow Bill. He's a great guy to chat with and he's very passionate about treating dogs with love and respect.

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