Wednesday 20 May 2009
Exclusive Interview With Sockington: New King Of Webkittehs
As many regular Under The Paw readers will know, Janet, who is arguably my most sociable cat in the real world, has for the last year been serving as Under The Paw's feline representative on Facebook. Every day, a few more people ask to be his friend, and he gladly accepts. At the time of writing, his total facepals numbers 2620, which I thought was quite impressive, until I set up my own Twitter profile and came across Sockington, who has arguably now taken over from the likes of Simon's Cat, the talking kittens and that piano-playing moggy as the web's most popular feline. At this exact time of 15.29 gmt on the 20th May, 2009, he has a grand total of 522,668 followers, and his energetic, sleep- and food-obsessed free jazz bulletins (e.g. "hosting drive-time radio show except no radio not drive time just mealtime YES THAT'S RIGHT I AM SIMPLY ASKING FOR FOOD and now these words") are right up there on my must-read Twitter list with @serafinowicz ("Years ago I was very egocentric. I'd spend hours at the computer, Altavistaing myself") and the similarly, though not-quite-so-intentionally, amusing @TimWestwood (a mere 15,146 followers).
Sockington (aka Socks) only communicates directly with other webcats, and not humans, but today Janet was lucky enough to grab a few words with him in a break in his increasingly heavy schedule: a scoop that even The Sun doesn't seem to have been able to get....
Janet: How on earth does a former homeless cat like you go about getting that many followers? How did it all start to snowball?
Sockington: AM JUST A CAT AND AM NOT SURE but at some point I was made a featured twitter cat and EVERYBODY SHOWED UP am perfectly fine with that get hugs get sent stuff in mail
Janet: What is the oddest request you've had since becoming famous?
Sockington: I WAS ASKED TO BE A SPOKESCAT FOR A NUMBER OF PRODUCTS THAT well let me put it this way IT WAS NOT APPROPRIATE TO THINK A CAT WOULD ENDORSE THESE PRODUCTS
Janet: Who is your favourite celebrity follower on Twitter, and why?
Sockington: DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE QUESTION people of all types follow me and I follow animals and THAT'S HOW IT GOES PEOPLE
Janet: How does your housemate Pennycat feel about (currently) *only* having just under 4000 followers, in contrast to your 522,668?
Sockington: SHE IS PERFECTLY FINE WI ow ow ow ow ow
Pennnycat: Excuse me, hello. Penny here. I would like anyone reading this to immediately subscribe to @pennycat and stop following @sockington. If you want proper, refined cultural insight from a lady who's known some rough times and yet has come out on top, I'm your gal. That is all.
Janet: Can you give me a short biog, taking in how you came to live with Jason, and your favourite habits?
Sockington: OK SO I AM SITTING NEAR THIS SUBWAY STOP AND IT IS VERY BORING but lots of big people around AND SOME SMELL LIKE FOOD so then all day I'm waiting and WOW SOMEONE PICKED ME UP which was not entirely cool but hey hungry WENT TO A FEW PLACES AND ENDED UP HERE IN LOVELY CATVANYA WITH NICE ROOMMATE PENNY AND FATTY livelong days are awesome with olympic pillow sleep and occasional red dot
Janet: If you could do one thing to make the world a better place for cats, what
would it be?
Sockington: FREE CATNIP AHOY
Janet: The servant of the Under The Paw cats recently wrote a cat dictionary. We six cats aren't so sure about it, to be honest. As someone who probably knows about these things, do you see any drastic errors or oversights?
Sockington: oh god so many words I MEAN IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD I AM TOTALLY DOWN WITH THE MOUSESTACHE AND HAVE SPORTED A FEW OF MY OWN pip pip I NOTICE THERE IS NO DEFINITION FOR SOCKINGTON HOWEVER get on that
Janet: Any particular factors you put your incredible popularity down to? Do you think it's more to do with your inquisitive eyes, staring out from that amazingly symmetrical white and grey mask, or your free jazz prose style?
Sockington: MY CURRENT ASSUMPTION IS THAT ALL THE FOLLOWERS ARE ALSO CATS AND WANT MY TUNA ha ha too late it is in me CRAZY FOLLOWER CATS ALSO SEEM TO APPRECIATE ROBUST TALES OF HEARTY YALE OR WHATEVER and that I show there is no shame in the world-class all-day sleep
Janet: Where do you see all this Twitter business ending? Has fame changed you in any way?
Sockington: NOTHING EVER ENDS ADRIAN wait wrong movie HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THIS IS GOING THEREBY LIVING THE TRUE OUTLOOK OF CAT just keep the kibble coming fatty and nobody gets hurt AS FOR CHANGE I AM ENTIRELY THE SAME
EXCEPT FOR THE LIMO