Wednesday, June 30th is Social Media Day. Mashable declared it so it must be true. To celebrate the wonderful anipal community's focus in social media, the humans working on BarkWorld Expo have decided to throw a Yappy Hour from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. Of course the first social media event for pets would want to celebrate Social Media Day! BarkWorld Expo is August 20-22 in Atlanta.If your pet is not on Twitter, let them borrow your account for the evening and find our how much fun a virtual anipal pawty can be. There will be DJs (I am DJing 8-9 p.m. EDT), barktenders and prizes. One free pass to BarkWorld Expo will be given out every hour and there will be gift cards for restaurants at the exciting BarkWorld Expo venue - Atlantic Station. If you're not on Twitter, create an account for the event. I guarantee you will have lots of pals at the end of the #YappyHour.
If you have never participated in a Twitter pawty before, this is what you do. If you use Tweetdeck or Seesmic or some other Twitter client, make a column for the hash tag #YappyHour. I also like to do a column for the DJ of the hour and the host, @BarkWorldExpo in this instance. And if you have lots of columns, move your replies column close to them so you can see them all at once. Be sure and include #YappyHour in all your tweets. That's how we all stay in touch during the pawty.
If you are new to Twitter and just use the Twitter client, try TweetGrid. Select Party Mode and this will let you do a three column grid. Type in YappyHour for the pawty hash tag. The great thing is that Tweetgrid will remember to add that hash tag automatically to all your posts. One of the columns will be for you and you can use the third for the pawty host.
One final thing. If you have a private/locked account, you will have to unlock it to enjoy the most of the pawty or only folks that follow you will see you at the #YappyHour.
Other good hash tags for this event #BarkWorld and #SMDay.
Oh, and costumes are always optional but fun. Here is mine. I think it is appropriate for Social Media Day!