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Social Networking for Dogs

We watch them on YouTube and post their pictures on Facebook. But is it time for dogs to have a social network of their own? The brains behind a New York startup think so.

Karin Caifa (prono: KAY-fuh) explains, in this week's Clicked In.

Making new friends can be hard. Even when you're as cute as bandit.

He had plenty of friends back in San Francisco. But now it's time for him to meet new friends in New York.

Bandit's owner Anthony McGhee used the startup site match-puppy-dot-com, to find puppy playdates -- an indication that perhaps social networking, has gone to the dogs.

Site founder Michael Chiang says the original business plan was to help with puppy love -- connecting owners looking to breed their pets.

but eventually the team decided "just friends", was o-k too.

We realized there was a bigger need in the market to help dog owners kind of facilitate playdates online

Matches are made by neighborhood, breed and age.

Some pet owners we spoke with expressed the same "human" concerns about online matchmaking.

I would be a little concerned, you know, because I don't know the dog.

But others –

It'd be great to meet some other people who have breeds similar to him.

If there's a way for dog owners to interact and maybe set up playdates later, I could definitely see some value in that.

And Chiang says the social benefits aren't for the pups alone.

Dogs are a great icebreaker, and using a website like ours -- you find new relationships, new friends, so definitely the human aspect of it is very strong

So far the site is limited to New York, but Chiang says other cities are being eyed as the next dog-meet-dog worlds.

I’m Karin Caifa, and you're now clicked in.


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