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Has Facebook Gone to the Dogs - Literally?

People now have Facebook pages for their dogs? Is that too much?

When Facebook first crept onto the scene in 2004, it slowly earned 1 million users, but that grew incredibly in the eight years that followed. According to a story in Yahoo Finance this week, it now has 955 million users in any given month, an increase of 29 percent more than just a year ago.

But recently a new trend has emerged that, considering the number of pet owners worldwide, could increase that number exponentially. Facebook users have begun setting up Facebook pages, just for their dogs.

Tell us what you think about this, a naturally progression or has Facebook finally gone to the dogs? Are you ready to have Fido's daily activities coming through your Facebook feed?

Edward September 15, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Its a social media tool doing exactly what it was intended for. Fortunately Facebook users can manage the type of feeds they want to receive, or not. I personally have never been on Facebook and probably never will, I prefer texting / calling.
Sharon Swanepoel September 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Since it looks like I found a home for a feral cat from my backyard on Facebook even before I had time to post her on Patch, I'm not one to knock feline-friendly version of Facebook right now. If it's gone to the dogs - or cats - I'm cool with that!
Gail Lane September 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I confess that I follow the adventures of Buttermilk Sky, a goat. https://www.facebook.com/buttermilkgoat
Edward September 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
No way, a goat? Now I'm interested in what else happens on Facebook. It remains a place where people share personal / social type information. Its also a place were some people over compensate for their limited inter personal and people skills and divulge a bit too much of themselves. My biggest worry has always been with Google types indexing web based data, how much info is too much when you can now link location type GPS coordinates to personally identifiable info e.g. Name, home / work address, phone #s, email etc. Its only a matter of time before traffic cameras are fitted with web tools that can pin point a persons location based on the collective compilation of their personal data. With the number of vulnerabilities our federal agencies info tech systems have and knowing now that your SSN, IRS, banking, DMV and medical data is linked, in the wrong hands it could quickly become a doomsday scenario for a victim. I'm an information security engineer, its a never ending war against both domestic and global threats.
Gail Lane September 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A goat! Really! As for information overload ... there is no need to fear "big brother" as we have actually invited him in and shared our lives with the whole world. Checking in on Four Square, live Twitter updates with our every move and mood, GPS tracking so we know where we are ... I totally love Social Media, but as a society, we've given up our right to privacy and announced on the world wide web. That being said, you can generally find photos of my dog on FB, but until she grows those opposable thumbs required for the space bar, she's not likely to have me updating her Facebook page!
Valerie Pegg September 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM
FB is great for finding homes for pets in need, and for cross posting pets in high kill shelters who need exposure in order to be saved. I think I have way more pics of my pets and foster pets and furry clients than my own nieces and nephews! I don't have any actual pages made for my pets, but whatever floats your boat!
lynchsales September 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I took in a cat I named Luna. She had been declawed and was wondering around our neighborhood. Because she had no claws I brought her in our home, put signs out, etc. After about a week I posted on Facebook that she needed a home and within an hour a family looking for a cat emailed me. I met them at Discover Mills and the rest is history. Although we really can't take in any more pets permanently, we do a rescue if needed. Facebook is a great way to find them quality homes.
Sharon Swanepoel September 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Well, I almost found a home for the feral cat from my neighborhood, but although she looks a little like a Bengal, I don't believe she is so it fell though. She will be going up on Patch after all, but Facebook nearly helped me find her a home.
Bd Cat September 16, 2012 at 01:13 PM
What"to the dogs", I thought only cats were allowed!! now, I am Mad!!
Racer X September 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Alert- Kidnapped Athens child. Sharon- A buddy of mine's 12 year old step-son who lives in Athens was kidnapped by his biological father two and a half months ago while the son was visiting him in Kennesaw. The biological father is from the Czech Republic and took him there before disappearing in the Canary Islands with him. The boy's mother and step-dad are worried sick and need help. Do you think Oconee or Athens Patch could do a story on this? If Facebook ever had a good use I would think finding a kidnapped child would be it. Here is a link to the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kevin-A-Viskup/152111584925665
Sharon Swanepoel September 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Mike, I will pass that information on to them.
Athens Area Humane Society September 16, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Just a quick note--a feral cat is one that has lived on its own to the point where cannot be handled by humans, so be sure to refer to it as a stray if you're looking for a home for it (otherwise people may get the impression that it cannot transition to a pet in a home).
Sharon Swanepoel September 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I will do, thanks for the correction. Its mother and the other one from the litter are definitely too wild, but for some reason this one isn't - not sure why. I have another one that I brought inside from the same mother and I would never try and find him another home. He has been inside for two years and still hides for hours when he hears another voice in the house. Do you know why one cat from a feral mother would assimilate into human society so easily? I trapped her on Wednesday, had her fixed on Thursday and by Friday night she was content to get up on my bed and sleep. I had been feeding her, the mother and other cat outside for about six weeks so I know she didn't come from another home.

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