This infographic by equestrian supplies shop Edgemere shows exactly why animals on the Internet are so popular. All sorts of animals, from cats, dogs and turtles, have gathered huge followings online and have taken over social media. It is astonishing to think that Grumpy Cat and a cobra that escaped the Bronx Zoo gained celebrity status that surpasses people like Steve Carell and Paul McCartney on Twitter.
But this is not just a phenomenon that is Twitter-centric. The popularity of these animals has widespread across all social networks, from YouTube to Tumblr. Edgemere suggests that the popularity of pets on social media is due to a combination of their cuteness with the ease of projecting human qualities on them.