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First 50 followers on Twitter.com will be entered into drawing for Bark goodie basket.

The Bark is on Twitter. I know—it took us long enough. So, let me just clear something up right away, we weren’t slow to adopt because the service is called Twitter and we’re anti-bird. It’s just that sometimes tackling new technology can be a little overwhelming, and frankly, less immediately satisfying than watching a Border Collie execute a flawless weave-pole slalom.

Still, like we always say about dogs, it’s good to learn new skills. And eventually, we realized that barking, oh, I mean, tweeting the latest Bark news helps us reach more of you in ways you prefer, especially you early adopters out there who have, for months, been microblogging on your cell phone while Rex perfected an extended down-stay. We get that Twitter is one more way to make sure you’re in the loop, especially about food recalls, product-safety information, opportunities to win prizes or take action for animals—and all the other fresh, weird and wonderful dog news that is our business.

In some ways, signing up to follow The_Bark on Twitter is a little like signing up for an RSS feed—without all the bells and whistles. It’s simple and efficient like a Frisbee. If you aren’t part of the Twitter universe yet, signing on for an account is easy and free. Just follow this link to our page on Twitter, click the Join Now button, and provide your name, a user name, your email address, a password, and a security code. The first 50 followers on Twitter.com will be entered into drawing for Bark goodie basket.

For a simple introduction to Twitter, check out this piece in the Christian Science Monitor. Be sure to peruse the comments, which provide a wealth of resources and advice from the tweeting twenches.

Another simple way to keep track of us, on your own time, is simply by bookmarking TheBark.com. I mention this obvious and elegant solution after reading Farhad Manjoo’s article, Kill Your RSS Reader on Slate.com. When Manjoo suffered from RSS saturation, he created a system of tiered folders prioritizing his favorite bookmarked sites. He has built a road through the Internet, and he’s in the driver’s seat.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

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