More than half of UK pet owners share photos of their pets online, while nearly 1 in 10 UK pets have their own Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube page – with many becoming more popular than their human counterparts.

More than half of UK pet owners share photos of their pets online, while nearly 1 in 10 UK pets have their own Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube page – with many becoming more popular than their human counterparts.

Tiddles the catSince the launch of Facebook in 2004, more than 29 million users have signed up to the website in the UK alone, with 9% giving their pet its own Facebook page. The social petworking trend looks set to continue with the rise of pet-only social networking sites such as Critter, Catster and DoggieDating. Pets are even trying their “paw” at micro blogging and Twitter now has a dedicated pet feed.

To acknowledge this growing trend, Petplan (the UK’s largest pet insurance provider) has compiled a list of the most popular pets across social media, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook:

Petplan’s most popular pets on social networks

  1. Maru the cat – 6,068,075 channel views on YouTube
  2. Sockington the cat – 1,483,464 followers on Twitter
  3. Boo the dog – 1,364,111 ‘likes’ on Facebook
  4. Casey and Sassy the cats – 597,672 channel views on YouTube
  5. Bizkit the sleepwalking dog – 396,489 channel views on YouTube
  6. Beast the dog – 148,199 ‘likes’ Facebook
  7. Cooper the photographer cat – 72,006 ‘likes’ on Facebook
  8. Professor Meowington the cat – 59,816 ‘likes’ on Facebook
  9. Romeo the cat – 9,787 followers on Twitter
  10. Toby the cat – 3,346 followers on Twitter

Maru, the cat from Japan with a penchant for jumping into cardboard boxes, has been crowned the most popular pet on YouTube with more than 6 million people tuning in to see the pouncing puss and his latest antics. He has even trumped record-breaking pop sensation, Adele, who only has 2,584,967 channel views on YouTube.

Boo the dog has been named Petplan’s most favoured dog on Facebook. He has more than 1.3 million ‘likes’, making him more popular than Katie Price and Kerry Katona combined.

Social media specialist Stephen Davies said: “As social networking plays an increasingly important role in our lives, it’s only natural that our pets become part of the phenomenon too. We use sites like Facebook and Twitter as an extension of our real-world selves and when we think of our pets as part of the family we want them involved too.

Animals in social media have long been a winning combination. You only have to look at how massively popular pet blogs and videos are to see there is an insatiable pet demand online.”

 

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