1 Year Ago, a Petty Argument Catapulted This Dog-Rating Twitter Account to Internet Fame

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Internet wars rarely result in anything good. Most of the time, they’ll just get you blocked on social media. Sometimes, they escalate too quickly to retain any kind of friendship between the people involved in the battle. But every once in a while, the Internet blesses us all with an online argument that is almost too good to be true.

When that happens, a meme is born and everybody wins.

That’s exactly what happened to the WeRateDogs Twitter account one year ago.

We couldn’t be happier with the result.

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You like dogs, right? Of course you do. You’re a human, not a total monster. WeRateDogs (@dog_rates on Twitter) is the no. 1 source for all your dog rating needs.  

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People DM the account pictures of their dog. Then WeRateDogs posts the pic along with a rating. It fulfills a need most people don’t even realize they have. The account was started by Matt Nelson in 2015 and currently boasts over 3 million dog-loving followers. There’s even a book!

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Which is good to know, right? You wouldn’t just any amateur rating your dog. Or any dog, for that matter!

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But that makes sense. The account is called WeRateDogs, after all. A turtle is not a very good dog.

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Nearly every single dog has a rating higher than 10 out of 10. Most people accept this without any argument. After all, dogs are really great. But back at the beginning of the WeRateDogs Twitter career, there was one dissenter who had a major problem with the rating system…

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  via : Twitter  

Last September, Brant called Nelson out on the flawed ratings he was using for the dogs. Nelson was unperturbed, however. He responded simply: “they’re good dogs, Brent.”

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Think about it. The worst dog you’ve ever met in your life is probably still better than the best cat you’ve ever met, right? Trying to apply logic was Brant’s first mistake. The internet was not going to let him live it down.

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People started applying the quote to memes all over the Internet. There’s even a T-shirt, should you want your very own piece of wearable Internet history.

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The humorous exchange was covered by several news outlets, including Mashable, Elite Daily, and The Washington Post, which called it “one of the best memes of 2016.”

And that’s saying something, considering the fact that 2016 was also the year that brought us such gems as “Damn, Daniel” and that whole Harambe thing. This week is the one-year anniversary of the exchange that catapulted WeRateDogs to meme-level acclaim.

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  via : Twitter  

They even touched base to acknowledge their anniversary. But wait until you see Brant’s Twitter bio…

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With a well-placed facepalm emoji, of course. Don’t worry, Brunt. We all make bad calls every once in a while. Nelson’s millions of followers, online storefront, and book deal aren’t even the best things to come out of the online argument.

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Now, that’s a great dog. We’re not dog-rating professionals, but we give him a 55/10.

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