A new breed of social media has begun, for pets, according to a recent survey, one in ten pets now have their own profile page on a social networking site such as Facebook. It was also revealed that more than 50% of pet owners post updates with photos & videos of their pets and their antics on to social sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Online pet sites have also become more popular including sites such as Critter and Doggie Dating. Some pets even have their own websites to help raise money for charities, the highest profile pet in this area is Romeo, a cat from New York who has helped raise over $50,000 in 2 years, and currently has nearly 10,000 followers.
However Romeo isn’t the only cat causing a storm on the web, Maru the cat has received over 6 million views on his YouTube videos, which mainly feature him doing embarassing things! Then there’s Sockington the cat from Boston who has over 1.5 million followers, out ranking Twitter celebrities such as Lord Sugar who has just over 700,000 followers!
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It seems that as social networking continues to grow and becomes even further integrated with our daily routine, that we want our pets to be part of it all. For the vast majority of pet owners, pets are part of the family, so it’s a natural progression for them to be part of our social circle on the internet.
Do you have a Tweeting Cat, or a Dog with Facebook? We’d love to hear about your pets & how they’re involved with social media, please leave a comment below.