These days, the creation of new social media websites and games comes as no surprise. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Tinder, and more. Not to mention all the apps that we obsess over like Flappy Bird and Candy Crush Saga. With all these apps for people, I shouldn’t have been surprised to come across DoggyDatez, a social media app for dog owners. The app allows owners to meet other dogs and dog owners in their area by “marking their territory” on a map of spots that they and their dog frequent. Owners can then see who else visits their spots and search for dogs in their area by gender, breed, or age (Petronzio, 2013). Similarly, Bark –Your Dog’s Social Life, is a social media app that allows owners to create a profile page for their dog, much like Facebook, them match up with other dog owners based on their sociability (Shaw). I really like the idea of this app, especially for people who aren’t easily able to meet other dog owners in their area because dogs are such social creatures.
But apps for dog lovers don’t stop there. There is also Tagg, which is an app that’s paired with a GPS that you attach to your dog’s collar. It has features like an alert for when your dog leaves an area you’ve designated and a movement measurement to allow you to make sure your dog is getting enough exercise (Petronzio, 2013). Similar to Tagg, is the app Finding Rover. The app actually used Facial Recognition Technology to help owners find their lost dogs. The owner basically registers their dog in the database, while other app users take pictures of lost dogs that they see. This app cost over a million dollars to develop, but is free to users. The creators hope to gain money through advertising(“App reunites lost,” 2014). This seems like a really fantastic app for helping owners who have lost dogs. I think that it would be more successful if more people knew about it so that they could be snapping pictures of any dogs that they think might be lost. Also, it will be interesting to see how successful they app owners will be without charging for the app itself.
I hadn’t heard much about dog-related apps before reading the article of Mashable. I can absolutely see them getting more popular in the future, especially as technology advances and becomes cheaper.
App reunites lost dogs with owners through recognition software. (2014, February 12). Retrieved from http://www.kswo.com/story/24710750/new-app-reunites-lost-pets-with-owners-through-facial-recognition
Petronzio, M. (2013, March 14). 10 must-have apps for dog owners. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/03/14/apps-for-dogs/
Shaw, L. (2014, January 17). New smartphone app helps dog owners take advantage of opportunities for socialization and fun. Retrieved from http://www.mlive.com/living/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/01/bark_your_dogs_social_life_iph.html