June 1, 2009 in Features

Cat takes Twitter by the tail

Jake Coyle Associated Press

He’s one of the most popular users on Twitter. More than 500,000 follow his growing celebrity, his every adventure and, well, his cat naps.

Meet Sockington. Twitter’s latest star is a microblogging cat who regales his fans with musings on meal time, personal hygiene and the view from the top of the stairs.

Sockington, or “Socks” for short, is the cat of Jason Scott, a 38-year-old computer historian and computer administrator from Walham, Mass.

Since late 2007, Scott has been tweeting from Sockington’s perspective – and finding a “Socks Army” of followers (many of whom are pets, too).

“He’s like the 21st century Garfield,” Scott says.

In a way, Sockington is also a parody of Twitter, where even a kitty cat’s life – his daily trips to the litter box, his insignificant household travails – is beamed out to the world.

“Everybody wants this social media bubble. They want something where we’re all chattering so much that we all get rich,” says Scott. “And this cat makes everybody look like fools because he’s got hundreds of thousands of followers.”

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