Is your pet on Facebook?

By Posted 15 Jul 2011, 08:23

While the new kid on the block Google+ wins many plaudits from users which are growing fast, Facebook is still the daddy in the social networking world. But the sort of profiles being created on all the various sites are not what you would normally expect. As a new study has found that one in ten of all UK pets have their own Facebook page, Twitter profile or YouTube channel, so today we are asking is you’re pet on Facebook?

There has been a big increase in pets online with a number of owners joining dedicated sites, according to an article on The Telegraph. Other people have even built entire websites dedicated to their pets, with many raising money for animal rescue centers and welfare charities. A cat owner based in New York has managed to raise over $50,000 in two years with almost 10,000 followers.

But the biggest pet star in the social media world is Maru the cat which has achieved over six million views on YouTube since 2008. The cat is filmed doing comical things in almost 200 videos, and has got early 140,000 subscribers who have signed up to be alerted when his next adventure is posted. Maru’s owner describes him as “a little bumbling and a little awkward”.

A social media expert Stephen Davies said these actions are not as strange as you would think, and says that social networking is now an important part of many people’s lives. Pets are treated as part of the family so it’s normal they become part of the social networking too. He went on to say that “there is an insatiable pet demand online.”

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pet dog Beast has a big online following, but pets don’t need to have a celebrity endorsement to gain big followings. A dog called Boo has been liked by almost 1.4 million people on Facebook, and has been officially categorized as a public figure. He is even going to be the subject of a book to be published in Americas called “Boo: the Life of the World’s Cutest Dog”.

Over on Twitter a cat called Sockington has almost 1.5 million people following its almost 8,000 tweets. In some cases animals are more popular than celebrities on the social networking sites. What do you make of this pet phenomenon and social networking? Take part in our poll below and tell us what you think.

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