world has 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, more than 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.
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).
it comes to canines, Twitter’s top dog is a
12-year-old Shih Tzu named Marnie with 99,300 followers,
but @Kermit —
(owned by YouTube personality Jenna Marbles) is a chew
toy’s toss away at 98,100.
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
Boo the Pomeranian is Facebook’s social media standout
with a follower base of 17 million.
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
first dog, Sutter Brown, and deputy first dog, Colusa
Lucy Brown, both have Twitter accounts at @SutterBrown
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
not sure exactly what hedgehogs do when they’re out in
the wild, but on Instagram a super-cute 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.