For those of you who live in the back of a dark cave (or are old like me), Instagram is a big deal. At its core, it is a photosharing app launched in 2010. The original concept was an app that would allow its users to showcase their photos online AND provide some simple tools (filters) to make pictures more dramatic. Anyone but most likely your friends could "follow" you to be notified when you uploaded a new picture. While looking at your pictures, they could hit the "like" button, and you could enjoy the instant gratification -watching the "like" counter tick up. Thus began the mad rush to post photos of sunsets, your meals, your friends, yourself and of course, your pets. Not surprisingly, on the very first day, the 7th picture ever posted on Instagram was of the founder's dog, Dolly.
For a generation that grew up with cameras never farther away than their pocket, Instagram was an instant success. They had over a million users in 2 months. In less than 2 years, they had over 30 million users, and Facebook bought the company for $1 billion. The phenomenal growth continues. As of late last year, there were 121 million users in the US and over 1 billion worldwide.
Soon after launching, it became a measure of success to track how many "followers" an account, or “profile” may have. Lists were born. Naturally, the top spots are populated primarily by pop culture celebrities, artists and athletes. The top spot belongs to Instagram itself but the second spot, the first person, is soccer star Cristiano Renaldo with over 153 million followers. The next dozen spots all have over 100 million followers and include 3 members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. No comment.
Work your way down the list, 625 spots to be exact and you come across the first Instagram-famous pet. In fact, you have to scroll through a bit over three thousand profiles to find the top ten pets. Even the tenth most followed pet has nearly 2 million followers which is quite an accomplishment. These pets (like some of the people on the list) are famous for being exceptionally interesting, unbelievably cute and sometimes, famous for being famous.
With that introduction, let's look at the top 10 pet profiles on Instagram as of early 2019.
All pictures courtesy of Instagram.
So there you have it, the top ten pets of Instagram- 5 dogs, 4 cats, and one fox. So what are you waiting for? You've got a camera and the internet. Make your pet Instagram famous!