Whistle Creates A Social Network Like Facebook For Dogs
Yup you heard right, dogs are more than just pets, they are apart of many people’s family. Whistle Labs a startup based in San Francisco decided to add an additional feature to their original dog collar device. They added a feature that turns the app into a social network for your dog. The dog could be taking a nap or running on your lawn, easily snap a picture or post a status for your dog.
Whistle Lab is a hardware pet startup based in San Francisco. The startup manufacturers a collar device for your dog that is called Activity Monitor. The Whistle Activity Monitor is an on-collar device that measures your dog’s activities, giving you a new perspective on day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends. Check in from your phone, share memorable moments with family and friends, and make informed decisions with your vet. Pricing starts at $129.
Just a week ago, Whistle decide to up things up a notch. In addition to this collar device, they updated their app to allow your dogs to have a personal social network. Even though, your dog might not know what the heck is a social network, at least you can feel more connected with your dog. We’ve seen a lot of people make a Facebook account for their dogs. I was confused when it first started happening as well, but now you do not need to do that anymore, just simply create an account on Whistle Labs and your good to go!
One of the social network feature is the ability to post stuff on a timeline. The app itself has a timeline where you could add events to. For example if you feel that your dog is feeling lonely, you could take a picture of it and post it up on Whistle with the caption, “feeling lonely”, very similar to Facebook. Again, the dog might not know what your doing, but hey if the dog did know, i’m sure they would definitely appreciate you!
Will This Hit Mainstream?
As of now, probably not because unlike other social networks, the only people that can view your timeline are the dog owners and yourself. You could invite other people to become your dog owner, but that means that they will have to go through the process of downloading the app and registering their dogs. That can be a huge hassle for someone that doesn’t have a whole lot of passion for pets. In a way they are mixing the features of Facebook with the private elegant Path messenger
The founders did say that this is only the beginning and that they will be adding more features later on. Whistle’s main focus is the interaction and building traction, then they will be looking into more of a buddypress feature where you can set different groups. For example all pitbull owners can join a group and have group meetups etc. Looks like there will still be a long way to go.
Check out more about the collar and social network here: http://www.whistle.com