Facebook’s 40 Most Shared Articles for 2011

It’s nearing the end of 2011 and so it’s time for every American media outlet to once again contribute to their annual national birthright: compiling lists! One of the better compilations ...
Facebook’s 40 Most Shared Articles for 2011
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  • It’s nearing the end of 2011 and so it’s time for every American media outlet to once again contribute to their annual national birthright: compiling lists!

    One of the better compilations to be released today is Facebook’s Most Shared Articles for this year, which presents an intriguing glimpse into what captivated and resonated with the gaze of the nation. Articles covering momentous events repeat throughout the list, such as news of the earthquake in Japan (four articles) and reassurance that, no, your zodiac sign hasn’t changed (three articles). Perhaps most unsurprising about the list of articles is the topic that people just couldn’t sharing: parenting advice (seven articles!).

    With more and more news websites incorporating Facebook’s user interface to share, like, or comment on articles, Facebook has become the premiere news outlet amongst friends. Seriously, can you even count how many times you’ve heard the phrase, “Oh yeah, I saw that on Facebook”? Add to the mix the success of news apps such as The Washington Post’s and it becomes clear that, as more people adopt to finding and sharing their news via social media, Facebook appears to control the cultural barometer of this American era.

    The list follows:

    1. Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami (New York Times)

    2. What teachers really want to tell parents (CNN)

    3. No, your zodiac sign hasn’t changed (CNN)

    4. Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps (CNN)

    5. (video) – Father Daughter Dance Medley (Yahoo)

    6. At funeral, dog mourns the death of Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan (Yahoo)

    7. You’ll freak when you see the new Facebook (CNN)

    8. Dog in Japan stays by the side of ailing friend in the rubble (Yahoo)

    9.  Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines (Yahoo)

    10. New Zodiac Sign Dates: Ophiuchus The 13th Sign? (The Huffington Post)

    11. Parents keep child’s gender under wraps (Yahoo)

    12. How to Talk to Little Girls (The Huffington Post)

    13. Stop Coddling the Super-Rich (New York Times)

    14.Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior (Wall Street Journal)

    15.  (video) – Twin Baby Boys Have A Conversation! (Yahoo)

    16. Man robs bank to get medical care in jail (Yahoo)

    17. Why You’re Not Married (The Huffington Post)

    18. A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs (New York Times)

    19. Ryan Dunn Dead: ‘Jackass’ Star Dies In Car Crash (The Huffington Post)

    20. Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’ (Yahoo)

    21. Notes From a Dragon Mom (New York Times)

    22.  A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy” (The Huffington Post)

    23. Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph (Washington Post)

    24. Penn State, my final loss of faith (Washington Post)

    25.  Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet (Yahoo)

    26. The most typical face on the planet (Yahoo)

    27. Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis (CNN)

    28. Permissive parents: Curb your brats (CNN)

    29. A father’s day wish: Dads, wake the hell up! (CNN)

    30. (video) – Laughing Baby Loves Ripping Paper! (Yahoo)

    31. Epic Cover Letter: How To Get Hired For Your Dream Job (PICTURE) (The Huffington Post)

    32. New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet (Washington Post)

    33. Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know (Yahoo)

    34.  The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s Death (The Huffington Post)

    35. (photo gallery) – ‘Where Children Sleep’ (New York Times)

    36. Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis (CNN)

    37. Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies (CNN)

    38. China’s latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals (CNN)

    39. Grant Hill’s Response to Jalen Rose (New York Times)

    40. Steve Jobs’s Patents (New York Times)



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