The Cat Thread

The best application of all of my technology and community-building expertise: Messages about cats

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Cats in (and on) boxes: Is there anything better?

A purr-fect origin story

The Internet is for cats. Deep down, I’ve always known this. But despite years working in the technology industry and studying the art of online community-building, I never found a way to make it click for me.

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A photo sent to celebrate National Siblings Day on the Cat Thread!

Fur-midable roots

We started off small — with about five people and a group text message thread. Those first days were pretty crazy. Nobody knew what they were doing, and since we were still all with each other IRL, when somebody sent a photo, everybody else would feel the buzz of the phones in their pockets, and the entire conversation would derail for a few minutes.

  1. Include a brief message to explain your cat’s pose (optional).
  2. No idle chit chat.
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There’s always time for a little quirkiness on the Cat Thread.

A growing co-meow-nity

One year later, our thread had grown to about eight people. And about 11 cats. The way of adding a new person was not dissimilar to how you might get tapped to be the school mascot in college: It always happened at first with a thorough vetting in person, you needed to gain buy-in that your friend would follow the rules on the thread, and then you could introduce them (and their cat) to the group.

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Roomba Cat: Always a treat

A tale of too (many) kitties

Today, our Cat Thread features 18 active participants, approximately 23 regular cat cameos, and 690 photos sent since our migration to WhatsApp.

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Yes, the suiticle is really a thing. And it’s adorable.

“I’m giggling uncontrollably on the train at these photos right now. This is the best corner of the internet.”

Like I said, the Internet is for cats. You just need to find a way to make it work for you too.

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THE END!

Written by

GM @USV, alum of @StackOverflow and @NorthwesternU, board member at @CompSci_High and @NUalumni, co-founder of #BeyondCodingNYC

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