Apparently I’ve been living under a rock. How has there been a program devoted solely to adorable, adoptable puppies on television for EIGHT YEARS, and this is the first time I’ve heard about it?
Is anyone out there in the same boat as me? For those of you that have also been inhabiting the dark space under and/or behind a boulder, the Puppy Bowl is the best idea Animal Planet has ever had. And this is the network that came up with Meerkat Manor and River Monsters. The Puppy Bowl happens every year on Super Bowl Sunday and is essentially a bunch of the cutest rescued puppies you’ve ever seen all thrown (read: gently placed) into a football-like arena together. Animal Planet makes it seem like the puppies are actually playing some sort of organized sport with help from a very legit-sounding commentator and a telestrator (it’s a real word – check out the definition here if, like me, you thought it was just called “drawing on sports”). This year Puppy Bowl VIII also featured a kitty halftime performance, pig cheerleaders, hamsters in an aerial blimp and, my personal favorite, a bird named Meep who live-tweeted the whole thing.
I really don’t need to go into much detail about how many ooohs and aaahs this show solicited from me over the course of a few hours. It’s a bunch of puppies playing with each other. Enough said. What I would like to talk more about is Meep and his incredible knack for social media.
Meep is an “Animal Planet employee” that happens to be a tweeting cockatiel. He live-tweeted throughout the event and covers all things Puppy Bowl and cute via his Twitter, @meepthebird.
Meep tweeting with celebrities and retweeting fans and relevant info
When asked how long he’s had his Twitter account, he responded “I’ve been naturally tweeting all my life – I joined @twitter a few months ago.” Despite being fairly new to the game, Meep already has more than 21,000 followers and some celebrity admirers, including such names as Jodi Picoult, Zooey Deschanel, R.L. Stine (who knew he tweeted?), Aziz Ansari and Sophia Bush. There are even rumors that Meep is meeting up with the Bronx Zoo’s Cobra (@BronxZoosCobra) for lunch next week…
Meep is not only the best tweeting bird I’ve ever encountered, he’s the funniest. I could write out his entire Twitter stream here for you, but I thought I’d just offer some highlights instead. He referenced the Kardashian sisters, asked that no one give away what happened in Downton Abbey and called parking at Animal Planet Stadium a “HOT.MESS.”
When asked how big the stadium was, Meep said “big enough for 50+ puppies, a handful of pigs, dozens of kittens and my ego. So…pretty big.”
Meep did a great job throughout the event responding to questions, providing live updates, retweeting relevant info and making awesome pop culture references. For example, he tweeted the following about one of the canine players.
FACT: Aberdeen is great at football but terrible at Words with Friends. #PuppyBowl
But all of this great tweeting the day of his big event has me wondering, what will happen to Meep now? Will this Twitter trend-generating ave disappear like so many other one-tweet wonders before him?
Never fear, Meep has big plans. Although a little unprofessional, Meep asked Animal Planet when he would get his own show and made it known that he’d love to be a regular on the Today Show. As for his Twitter account on non Puppy Bowl days, he says “I’ll talk about what I had for breakfast and the hotties I’m dating.” I personally will be following him with bated breath, waiting for his next witticism. And, above all, trying to fulfill my new life goal of being retweeted or responded to by Meep.
So there you have it, ladies and gentleman. An entire blog post devoted to a tweeting bird and one of the best uses of social media I’ve seen in a while.