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May 14, 2017 8:00 PM   Subscribe

Esquire profiles Matt Nelson, the creative force behind twitter sensation WeRateDogs™. Nelson, who also tweets at The Dogfather and Thoughts of Dog, is a 20-year-old sophomore studying golf management at a small Baptist college in North Carolina.

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posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious (17 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
They're good dogs Matt.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 8:15 PM on May 14, 2017 [8 favorites]


TIL that you can study golf management.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:47 PM on May 14, 2017 [22 favorites]


Great read!

Not going to be a happy day for the media relations folk at Campbell University. This was brutal:
The only thing I owe to this school," he says, "is the boredom that caused me to start the account in the first place."
posted by col_pogo at 10:02 PM on May 14, 2017 [15 favorites]


Have you been to Campbell? It's the ONLY thing in Buies Creek, NC other than a few gas stations and a couple of Mom&Pop's type places. And, of course, the churches.

Not known for being terribly creative, the school's mascot is the camel......Yes. The Campbell Camels. Matt should take on rebranding the school next.

My Dad's family was from there. He was the only one in his family to go to college; he walked across several farm fields to get to school. It's grown enormously since those days (after the Korean 'conflict') and I've not been back through there since the last of the family died out.
posted by mightshould at 4:01 AM on May 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


Oh, and it's a University now....
posted by mightshould at 4:02 AM on May 15, 2017


My mom went to Campbell! It's where she enrolled after she flunked out of a school where they allowed people to socialize. My grandfather who was worried about me going to school with Yankees (with "their drinking and their pills and their weird sex games*") wanted me to go there.

It's a nice place to stop for an orangeade though.

*I took no pills in college
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 4:22 AM on May 15, 2017 [4 favorites]


Gotta give props to Matt for keeping politics in his tweets.
posted by adrianhon at 6:22 AM on May 15, 2017 [6 favorites]


I feel like this is some sort of object lesson about not choosing your college based solely on whether they have a good program in your highly-specific major. Although part of me wonders if he was looking for not-a-party-school and didn't quite register that there's a middle ground between Animal House and the kind of institution that requires chapel twice a week.

Anyway, I love We Rate Dogs so much, and I'm really enjoying the emergence of semi-weird Twitter, which is like weird Twitter for people who are actually pretty mainstream.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:23 AM on May 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


Gotta give props to Matt for keeping politics in his tweets.
Or, as he said when someone accused him of being politically biased, caring about people because they are people shouldn't be political :)
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:35 AM on May 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


Am now imagining some kind of field of esoteric Golf Theory, like for elevators in "The Intuitionist"
posted by thelonius at 6:45 AM on May 15, 2017 [2 favorites]


Anyway, I love We Rate Dogs so much

It's a constant source of joy in our house. I'm a heretic who embraces syncretism in the feud with @everythingoats, which makes my wife crazy (another source of joy for me, at least).
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:54 AM on May 15, 2017


We can only hope he will have dogs on his golf course.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:58 AM on May 15, 2017


My grandfather who was worried about me going to school with Yankees (with "their drinking and their pills and their weird sex games*") wanted me to go there.

*I took no pills in college



It's a constant source of joy in our house. I'm a heretic who embraces syncretism in the feud with @everythingoats, which makes my wife crazy (another source of joy for me, at least).

If I'd known it would end up like this you'd be 0 for 3.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:59 AM on May 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


TIL that you can study golf management.

My cousin studied it - it's actually a pretty fascinating career! There are a lot of options for that major (these are just a few).

I love WeRateDogs, of course. I especially love that you get occasional pupdates from previously rated dogs, like when Miguel got adopted!
posted by everybody had matching towels at 7:04 AM on May 15, 2017


A curious trend with the We Rate Dogs account is the number of people (myself included) who thought we were already following the account because it got retweeted into our timeline so much and were somewhat surprised to learn we'd never actually clicked follow.
posted by TwoWordReview at 9:22 AM on May 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


> I especially love that you get occasional pupdates from previously rated dogs, like when Miguel got adopted!

"Sleepovers and field trips" and I'm a big happy puddle right now.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:28 AM on May 15, 2017


Also note that there's a WeRateDogs Snapchat. It's pretty good. One time there were a whole bunch of puppies. That was fun. 13/10 for a good time.
posted by mhum at 12:57 PM on May 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


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