London: A different breed of celebrity seems to be taking over Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with a
British study revealing that one in 10 pets is on the popular
social networking websites.
The study has found that more than half of pet owners
post about their animals on social networking sites and one in
10 of all pets in the UK have their own Facebook page, Twitter
profile or YouTube channel, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
More than half of UK pet owners are sharing photos
of their pets online, according to the study which also found
that the rise of pets online has also seen a number of owners
joining dedicated sites, with names such as Critter, Catster
and Doggie Dating.
The New York-based owner of a cat called Romeo
has amassed nearly 10,000 followers. Maru, another feline, has
been filmed embarrassing himself in nearly 200 videos, and has
attracted almost 140,000 subscribers who have signed up to be
notified of his next adventure.
Other animals with major followings online
include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg`s pet dog Beast, as
well as those who have become famous without the help of such
celebrity endorsement, the study found.
Boo, a dog on Facebook liked by nearly 1.4 million
people, is officially categorised as a "Public figure". And,
Sockington the cat, who has 1.5 million Twitter followers, has
tweeted nearly 8,000 times, it revealed.
Neil Brettell, director of insurer PetPlan, who
commissioned the study, said it suggested that "animals are
more popular than celebrities on Facebook and other social