The world's 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, almost two 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.
For the Record
2:47 p.m., June 20: An earlier version of this article used an incorrect time frame when referring to a 1993 New Yorker cartoon. The cartoon appeared nearly two dozen years ago, not a dozen years ago.
Twitter's most-followed feline is Sockamillion, a gray-and-white domestic shorthair from Waltham, Mass., whose @Sockington Twitter feed has 1.34 million followers.
TOTALLY PREPPED FOR FRANKENSTORM ps what is frankenstorm pic.twitter.com/CJxv0DEO— Sockamillion (@sockington) October 27, 2012
Other famous felines include Grumpy Cat (288,000 followers), top of the page, and the totally adorable Lil Bub (56,400), below.
When it comes to canines, Twitter's top dog is a 12-year-old Shih Tzu named Marnie with 99,300 followers, but @Kermit_Thedog (owned by YouTube personality Jenna Marbles) is a chew toy's toss away at 98,100.
Whats on teevee? Jk my tv doesn't get any channels bc i don't pay 4 cable pic.twitter.com/vwfzeCWDWX— Marnie The Dog (@MarnieTheDog) June 17, 2015
I woke up like dis pic.twitter.com/T3ms4tKUuI— Kermit (@Kermit_Thedog) August 13, 2014
On 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 nine lives.
Dog-wise, Boo the Pomeranian is Facebook's social media standout with a follower base of 17 million.
Among 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
Well hello there... pic.twitter.com/9fKL2l2ILO— Sutter Brown (@SutterBrown) February 11, 2015
Reading all those tweets is exhausting! pic.twitter.com/C4FCx9P4Df— Colusa Lucy Brown (@ColusaBrown) May 15, 2015
A 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 followers.
We're 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.