NEW YORK — He’s one of the most popular users on Twitter. More than 500,000 follow his growing celebrity, his every adventure and, well, his catnaps.
Meet Sockington. Twitter’s latest star is a microblogging cat who regales more than half a million with his musings on mealtime, 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 Waltham, Mass. Since late 2007, Scott has been tweeting from Sockington’s perspective — and finding a "Socks Army” of followers. (Many of his followers are pets, too.)
Dogs and cats in social media isn’t anything new. Many people have made Facebook pages (there are applications for both "Dogbook” and "Catbook”) and Web sites for their pets.
The difference on Twitter is that the running thread of Sockington’s feline commentary takes on the dimension of a comic strip. Scott has created a character with a particular voice by tweeting messages from Sockington’s point of view such as: "I must say no comment to the whole dining room incident. No questions please.”
"He’s kind of functioning like a ‘Garfield’ comic,” Scott says. "He’s like the 21st century Garfield.”
There’s the risk that a tweeting cat only will further the impression that Twitter is a flash-in-the-pan success in a sea of online time-wasters.