DOES your dog blog, your cat chat, your fish Flickr or your bird Twitter?
That’s not so unusual, as pets migrate to social networks online.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s cute puli dog, named Beast, has more than 110,435 fans on its Facebook page.
And Zuckerberg isn’t the only one whose pet has its own Facebook page.
In a survey by Lab42 and doggyLoot, 14 per cent of Facebook users polled said they had an account just for their dog.
Don’t scoff. Some of those dogs have more friends than you do.
A sheltie named Dusty which lives in Chicago has more than 4855 followers on Twitter. Dusty has its own website, a page on Dogster. com and even its own ‘‘ pawperback’’ book Dogged Pursuit ( written by his pet parent, Robert Rodi).
The virtual popularity of pets is growing.
YouTube channels are dedicated to Fluffy’s funny antics, Facebook profiles detail doggy relationships, Flickr is full of cute kittens, and tweets are followed up with a * BOL* ( that’s ‘‘ bark out loud’’, for the humans reading at home).
While some sites involve in-character role-play as the pet itself, others simply document how much owners value their pets. Some sites hold contests, feature pictorials on the arrival of newborn animals, host groups, real-world meetups and interactive calendars where users can post events.
There are also online pet memorial pages, where pet owners can remember their gone but not forgotten pets.
From Petsocial. com to Petbrags. com, there is a site specific for your furry, feathered or finned friend.
The enthusiasm with which members post on pet networks closely resembles the new-parent gushing seen on baby social networks. Come to think of it, that’s where a lot of doting pet owners may graduate to.