We Rate Dads and Lizards: the strange side of Twitter animal reviews

At the start of this month, the WeRateDogs Twitter account (@dog_rates) released a new mobile game called Good Dogs. It’s cute and easy to play: you’re a dog running leash-free through a park, trying to pick up golden biscuits while sidestepping obstacles like tree trunks and oblivious cyclists. But the game was proof of something else: WeRateDogs has gotten so popular, it’s basically created its own branded universe (complete with Patreon page). It seemed the time had come, inevitably, to move on.

Obviously a Twitter account as big as WeRateDogs (1.3 million followers) with a very adaptable premise (rating animals) would spawn dozens of knockoffs and competitors. So I decided to look through the weird off-brand cousins of WeRateDogs to…

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