Should Your Pet Be on Social Media?

Social media has turned lots of pets into superstars.

Think: Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Prissy Pig, Mr. Bagel, and many more. Even human stars like Jessica Biel and Taylor Swift sprinkle their pets liberally throughout their social accounts. So, should your pet be on social media?

Cons

Of course, your pets can’t type. No thumbs. No language. You’ll be doing all the work. Plus, on sites like Instagram, you can’t manage multiple accounts at once, so it would be a lot of extra logging in and logging out to update your personal account and your pet’s account. Plus, if your pets were to hit the bigtime, be aware that dealing with negativity is part of the human end of the social spotlight. Superstar pet’s people have to bear the brunt of internet trolls’ criticism.

Logistically speaking, if you’re not confident you can manage the account and find yourself abandoning the account, you’re leaving that portal open for hackers. It’s likely connected to your email and likely uses a password you use elsewhere. If you can’t keep the channel up-to-date, it’s probably better to skip setting it up in the first place.

Pros

Now you have an even better excuse for taking, posting, and sharing dozens of pics of your pets—not that you needed one! Also, because there are so many pets on social media, it’s a great way to connect with other pet owners and form online connections. Plus, you’ll be bringing even more “cute” to the internet. (Time to kill? Check out this Mashable roundup of 75 cute animal accounts.)

Practically, though, building an animal-related social media presence allows you to have a forum for the animal welfare causes close to your heart. For example, many pit-bull-type dogs on Twitter spread awareness about the breed and post adoptable pups across the country, increasing the number of pit bull adoptions each year.

You can also use your pet’s account as a creative outlet by staging and editing artistic photographs (as long as your pet is comfortable) or as a bonding exercise by incorporating training into your picture taking.

The Bottom Line

If you have the time and inclination, go for it! Otherwise, simply find and follow the pets who are already on social channels to increase your phone’s cute quotient.

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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