A cat with his own Facebook page and Instagram account is taking the Internet by storm thanks to his expressive eyebrows. Curious-looking Sam has collected 150,000 Instagram followers and 530,000 likes on Facebook since bursting onto the scene in 2012.
Owner Amanda Collado, 26, from New York, has been dealing with the large amount of requests from fans and media for the past three years. She said, “There have definitely been situations where I have had to ignore friends, family or work to take the time to do Sam's posts or answer emails on his behalf. Everyone gets a little annoyed when I'm on my phone and not paying attention to them. I never thought Sam would be so popular.”
Amanda's mum, Ivette Rodriguez, noticed the poor cat outside her home one evening.
Ivette said, “I saw a little niche (壁龛) next to the house and there was a cat in there. He willingly gave himself up to me—I guess he was so tired of being outside.”
Amanda created an Instagram account for Sam after a friend pointed out his expressive brows. She said, “I didn't notice his eyebrows at first.”
“He had about 800 followers at first—but in February someone posted his photo on Reddit and he blew up overnight—I woke up with 1600 followers. From there we made a Facebook and all other social media accounts.”
Amanda posts pictures to Sam's account every two days, but spends most of her day keeping up with all of his fans. But the effort she puts into her pet's social media has paid off—and she has bigger plans for Sam's future, including merchandise, like Sam mugs, toys or posters, T-shirts. “Right now we're trying to share him in a free way. Eventually we'll sell Sam merchandise, because I know many people do like having cute little things,.”
1.Why does Amanda sometimes ignore her friends?
A.She is buried in her work.
B.She is popular with her fans.
C.She gets along badly with her friends.
D.She is busy with Sam's business.
2.How did Amanda get the cat called Sam?
A.She bought it from her friend.
B.One of her friends gave it to her.
C.Her mother found it and raised it.
D.The text didn't mention it.
3.What does Amanda plan to do about Sam?
A.She plans to post Sam's photo on Reddit on the Internet.
B.She plans to post pictures to Sam’s account every day.
C.She plans to buy more cats.
D.She plans to sell Sam products.
4.The underlined word “merchandise” in the last paragraph is closest in meaning to ______.