We found this story on the Telegraph, a UK news source, which reports that now one in ten pets there is on Facebook, or has a Twitter feed, or even a Youtube channel. We have to think that the number in the US is likely as high if not higher!:
One in ten pets is on Facebook
More than half of pet owners post about their animals on social networks and one in ten pets has their own profile.
A different breed of celebrity is taking over Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, a new study suggests. One in ten of all UK pets have their own Facebook page, Twitter profile or YouTube channel, and more than half of UK pet owners are sharing photos of their pets online.
The rise of pets online has also seen a number of owners joining dedicated sites, with names such as Critter, Catster and Doggie Dating. Others have also set up entire websites devoted specifically to their pets, many of which have raised money for rescue centres or animal welfare charities. The New York-based owner of a cat called Romeo has raised more than $50,000 in two years and amassed nearly 10,000 followers.
Top of the international zoo turning social networking into petworking is Maru the cat, who has amassed more than 6million views on YouTube since joining the site in 2008. Described by his owner as “a little bumbling and a little awkward”, Maru has been filmed embarrassing himself in nearly 200 videos, and has attracted almost 140,000 subscribers who have signed up to be notified of his next adventure.
Stephen Davies, a social media specialist, said that the phenomenon was not as peculiar as it might appear. “As social networking plays an increasingly important role in our lives, it’s only natural that our pets become part of the phenomenon too. We use sites like Facebook and Twitter as an extension of our real-world selves and when we think of our pets as part of the family we want them involved too,” he claimed. He added that “there is an insatiable pet demand online.”
Other animals with major followings online include Mark Zuckerberg’s pet dog Beast, as well as those who have become famous without the help of such celebrity endorsement.
Here’s a question.. how many of the pets on Facebook also have a custom portrait created from their photos??