So­cial media stars, but how do they type?

Los Angeles Times - - THE PETS ISSUE - By Adam Tschorn

The world’s come a long way since 1993, when the New Yorker pub­lished Peter Steiner’s car­toon of two ca­nines above the cap­tion: “On the In­ter­net, no­body knows you’re a dog,” mak­ing us laugh at the ab­surd no­tion of house­hold pets on the World Wide Web. Now, a dozen years later, your dog — or cat or hedge­hog or pot-bel­lied pig — is a no­body un­less it’s got an In­sta­gram ac­count, Twit­ter feed, Face­book page — or all three. Here’s a look at some of the an­i­mal king­dom’s cur­rent so­cial media stand­outs.

Twit­ter’s most-fol­lowed fe­line is Sock­amil­lion, a gray-and-white do­mes­tic short­hair from Waltham, Mass., whose @Sock­ing­ton Twit­ter feed has 1.34 mil­lion fol­low­ers. Other fa­mous fe­lines in­clude Grumpy Cat (288,000 fol­low­ers) and the to­tally adorable Lil Bub (56,400).

When it comes to ca­nines, Twit­ter’s top dog is a 12-year-old Shih Tzu named Marnie with 99,300 fol­low­ers, but @Ker­mit_The­dog (owned by YouTube per­son­al­ity Jenna Mar­bles) is a chew toy’s toss away at 98,100.

On Face­book, it’s Grumpy Cat that rules the kitty-cat club, with an of­fi­cial page clock­ing in at 7.62 mil­lion “likes” — or about 846, 667 for each of her nine lives.

Dog-wise, Boo the Pomera­nian is Face­book’s so­cial media stand­out with a fol­lower base of 17 mil­lion.

Among In­sta­gram’s most-fol­lowed pets are a Si­amese-tabby mix named Nala with a cool 2 mil­lion and a dog named Maru, a Shiba Inu breed with 1.7 mil­lion on leash — though Marnie the Dog, al­ready a Twit­ter star, is within fetch­ing dis­tance at 1.4 mil­lion

Cal­i­for­nia’s first dog, Sut­ter Brown, and deputy first dog, Co­lusa Lucy Brown, both have Twit­ter ac­counts at @Sut­terBrown and @Co­lusaBrown.

A tiny, white chin­chilla named Mr. Bagel wages a one-man (make that one-chin­chilla) online war against wear­ing fur, spread­ing his mes­sage to 84,800 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers.

We’re not sure ex­actly what hedge­hogs do when they’re out in the wild, but on In­sta­gram a su­per­cute one named Biddy keeps 652,000 fol­low­ers en­ter­tained by wear­ing silly party hats and pos­ing along­side a range of nearly as cute stuffed (and some­times live) an­i­mals.


BIDDY the hedge­hog is for­ever find­ing ways to keep 652,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers en­ter­tained. Cute­ness just comes nat­u­rally.

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