I joined Instagram at the end of last year as a way to try and wean myself off of Facebook. Needless to say, it didn’t work. It is just simply too much fun checking in on the latest set of photos from friends and celebrities and double tapping all the photos you see. For awhile, that was enough for me, just to peruse the lives of others and see what others were posting, but eventually, I took a picture with my phone that I just couldn’t help but share with others.
I have a cat named Mrs. Pennyapple, and she is simply adorable! She likes to sit on the floor and tuck all her legs and her tail underneath her and she’s kinda chubby, so it really just looks like she is turning herself into a bean or a slug or a pill bug or something. I thought it was funny, so I shared the picture. I didn’t have any followers at the time, so I didn’t get any response, but once I started to post a few more pictures, curiously, I started attracting a little bit of a following.
And to get to the point of this little article, I just find it fascinating the way that pet photos attract friends on social media. I am still pretty much a non-participant on Instagram as I have only posted 15 pictures but for what I can only assume is the cuteness of my cat, I now have 20 followers. And a few days a week I get a smile on my face when some unknown person, from across the country or maybe the world for all I know, clicks like on one of my pictures. It makes me think about how funny it is the way that pets become a part of every aspect of our lives. I honestly don’t know if there has ever been a picture of a pet on Instagram that I haven’t clicked like on; Chrissy Teigan’s French Bulldog. RosieHW’s Dachshunds, IzaGoulart’s Pomeranian Harlow, MaryssfromParis’s boxer Zeus! I love them all, and it is really just fun when you notice how much of Instragram is dominated by pet photos.