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Twitter for Rory? (15 #oneaday)

January 29, 2010

A couple of days ago I was struggling to think of a #oneaday topic and Claire @HaslemerePetCo pointed me to this article ‘Even your Chihuahua can tweet‘. I’m really not sure what I think.

The idea is that you attach a plastic tag to your dog’s collar, and it registers movement and sound. It has a USB receiver which can be connected to the computer. The article then says at this point you set up a Twitter account for your dog. Erhmm, because noone has already done that. *cough cough*.

Anyway, according to the sound and movement it registers it will tweet from a pre-set list. For example ‘I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing and…OOUUUCHH!’ or ‘Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!’ or even, if your pooch is being loud ‘YAHOOOOOOO! Somedays you just gotta get your bark on.’

I sort of like the concept and for the first day or so it would be amusing. In reality I predict it would become super annoying. Five, ‘somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button’ and people would be dropping off your followers list like flies. At this point I have to ask whether this is for ‘dog accounts’ with followers or just an amusement for owners? Maybe a ‘see what your dog is doing in the day’ lower tech webcam alternative?

For me it would be a gimmick and luckily it is priced as such at only $29.99. Now that is a disposal price, which is just as well as it would last about two days. Rory would have it off in a puddle in about two hours. I wonder if it has a preset tweet for a drowing twitter dog tag. Maybe I will buy one and find out.

Puppy Tweets will be available at retailers stateside in the autumn.

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