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Animals and the Internet

Updated on December 14, 2012

Pets on the Internet Are Becoming More Popular

Miguel likes to follow Antonio on Twitter
Miguel likes to follow Antonio on Twitter | Source

Pets on the World Wide Web

People are bringing their pets everywhere you can imagine today. It is very common to see a woman carrying around her cute pooch into the supermarket for a quick grocery run, a family traveling the country with their kitten, or of course a dog sticking its head out of the car window.

But what is one place you would not necessarily expect to find any sort of animal?

A social networking website. A few years ago this would have seemed preposterous. After all, animals can’t go on the computer and socialize with other animals! Not to mention the fact that they have far better things to do than check their feline friend’s status update. And yet, somehow our animal friends have found their way to another place us humans thought we dominated.

It is easy to see the rise in animals that have joined these social networking websites. Simply search “cats” into Twitter and you’ll find many house cats that have their own Twitter account.

You Can Follow Our Cat Antonio on Twitter

Follow Antonio on Twitter @HungryAntonio.
Follow Antonio on Twitter @HungryAntonio. | Source

Follow My Cat on Twitter

A perfect example of this, is our cat Antonio, who has his own Twitter account. He enjoys checking it daily and would love to get more followers. Follow him on Twitter @hungryantonio.

The fact that a pet has their own Facebook or Twitter account seems funny and ridiculous at the same time. Perhaps, the owners of these internet savvy pets on the web have valid reasons behind creating an account for their furry friend. In a way, creating a social networking website for your pet gives the pet more character and makes you feel as though they are a part of the family even more than they already are.

Updating a status on what your hamster is doing at that very moment, or putting pictures of them eating dinner up on Facebook is a fun way to show your friends and family what’s going on with your beloved little pet, without having it take up all the space on your own Facebook profile.

Today, not only is it common for pets to have a Twitter or a Facebook, but now there are countless social networking websites made exclusively for pets as well. These websites are
not only used to have pets interact with other pets, show off how good your dog’s looking, but they are also a great way to learn more about your pet, and even adopt a friend for your dog,
cat, hamster, fish, bird, or whatever animal you view as a part of your family.

Here is a list of some of the most common social networking websites for your pet, along with a summary - Catster, Dogster, MyDogSpace, MyCatSpace, Petbrags, United Dogs, United Cats, are just a few of the social networking sites that are popping up on the internet.

Pets Are Popular on the Internet

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.

Boo, a dog on Facebook liked by nearly 1.4million people, is officially categorised as a ‘Public figure’. He is shortly to be the subject of a book to be published in Ameriocas entitled “Boo: the Life of the World’s Cutest Dog”. Sockington the cat, who has nearly 1.5million Twitter followers, has tweeted nearly 8,000 times.

Based on the increased number of pets on the internet and social networking sites, it seems that animals are gaining in popularity, even more than celebrities. Many pet social networking sites help pet lovers gain an online presence so they can share their information with other pet lovers.

There are great benefits to have an internet pet community. From getting advice and being up to date on the newest pet products, pet lovers can get knowledge at their fingertips.

With over 78 millon dogs owned in the United States and over 86 millon cats owned in the United States, it is just a matter of time before our pets take over the internet.

Antonio Being Cute

Antonio likes his picture taken
Antonio likes his picture taken | Source

A Special Thanks to My Youngest Daughter

This hub was researched and written by ToKnowInfo’s daughter, aka 3KnowInfo, affectionately known as HasNoInfo.


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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Dr. Mark, LOL! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your enjoyable comments.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi Patty, I am so glad you enjoyed this hub and I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Your cat is a cutie pie. I'm sure you know it! Great hub!

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      A well written, beautiful hub. I like pets and love reading info about pets :)

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Da, Thanks for commenting and sharing this hub. I am glad you enjoyed reading this article!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend love this hub and all the great photos has well . Antonio is so cute and i would love to add him on Twitter, but my account has been hacked and after changing my password i am now waiting to see it any further attacks happen.

      Hope you are having a cozy and awesome weekend !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha! Our cats do not have their own twitter accounts but often sit on the desk in front of the computer insisting that they be petted, etc. Do you suppose they are trying to tell us something? They want their own accounts? Oh dear! There is not enough time in the day...unless they learn to do their own typing. :)

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I rue the day all of these social network sites were set up. Half the time I come in and find my dog sitting at my desk and watching her twitter feed so I cannot check my HP account, the other half of the time she is in a bad mood because the keyboard doesn´t work well when she tries to type (I don´t know about Antonio, as cats are a lot more delicate, but a dog´s paws just aren´t made for a PC).

      I enjoyed this hub, but now she wants me to go check out United Dogs. That is a new one!

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Pages-By-Patty 5 years ago from Midwest

      Well it does look like Antonio has a lot on his mind so not surprising he is active on social media!

      Being a shelter animal advocate and non-profit volunteer, I love it that animals have such an online presence. I'm sure my gaggle (and the new pit bull foster) would love their own accounts but I'd spend too much time monitoring their friend activity!

      Thanks for the fun reading, 3Knowinfo!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, your daughter did a wonderful job! I have seen some of the animal pages on could you not like an adorable picture of a cat or dog? Well done!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I never gave it much thought but it does not surprise me. Good job on the hub by 3KnowInfo. up votes and sharing.