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With pets becoming a more common presence on social media, here’s a look at a few of the most popular:
Boo is Facebook’s self-proclaimed “World’s Cutest Dog”, and with over 5.9 million likes, the Internet apparently agrees. After a new haircut to tame his wild and matted hair, Boo joined Facebook where he shares regular updates and pictures alongside his “big bro” Buddy. Eschewing capitalization, the six-year-old Pomeranian liberally sprinkles exclamation points and hearts throughout his light prose, covering everything from holiday festivities to music playlists. Dedicated fans can find stuffed replicas and even an autobiography of Facebook’s most popular pet.
Since his first tweet in late 2007, Sockington has amassed over 1.4 million followers on the micro-blogging site Twitter, making him more popular than Michael Phelps, Disney, and Jerry Seinfeld (to name just a few). A black-and-white rescue from Boston, Sockington’s stream-of-consciousness, 140-character-or-less declarations cover typical feline fare—namely food, sleep, and the litter box—earning him the designation of a “21st Century Garfield.”
The cat that needs no introduction, Maru’s YouTube videos have garnered a combined 185,134,486 views (and counting). With a particular predilection for cardboard boxes, the playful videos have morphed into one of the Internet’s most recognizable memes. Today, Maru’s media empire includes published books and compilation DVDs, documenting the feline’s indulgent lifestyle.
Honorable Mention: "Surprised Kitty"
No web site. No book deal. Just seventeen seconds of video and over 66 million views. An undisputed Internet sensation, the “Surprised Kitty” video has spawned countless GIFs and parody videos featuring dogs, comedians, and even Legos.