Facebook’s Most-Shared Stories Of 2011


Facebook has released a list of the 40 news stories that users shared most during 2011.

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Some of the most popular stories shared by Facebook’s 800 million-strong-and-growing population covered such diverse topics as zodiac symbols, touching videos, Steve Jobs, animals, natural disasters and more. According to the Telegraph, the top story (see slideshow) was shared more than 600,000 times.

Lost Remote notes that all 40 stories have several things in common. “Nearly all feature a short, grabby headline that explains the story well,” wrote Lost remote. “All stories are [also] from major news organizations with good-sized FB pages (reach matters).”

Indeed, stories on Facebook’s list came from either the New York TImes, CNN, Yahoo, The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post. CNN alone served up 10 of the links and Yahoo boasted 12.

Take a look at the top 15 most-shared stories on Facebook in 2011 (below). Visit Facebook to view the entire list of the top 40 most-shared news stories from the past year.

  •  Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami (New York Times)
  •  What teachers really want to tell parents (CNN)
  •  No, your zodiac sign hasn’t changed (CNN)
  •  Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps (CNN)
  •  (video) – Father Daughter Dance Medley (Yahoo)
  •  At funeral, dog mourns the death of Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan (Yahoo)
  •  You’ll freak when you see the new Facebook (CNN)
  •  Dog in Japan stays by the side of ailing friend in the rubble (Yahoo)
  •  Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines (Yahoo)
  •  New Zodiac Sign Dates: Ophiuchus The 13th Sign? (The Huffington Post)
  •  Parents keep child’s gender under wraps (Yahoo)
  •  How to Talk to Little Girls (The Huffington Post)
  •  Stop Coddling the Super-Rich (New York Times)
  •  Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior (Wall Street Journal)
  •  (video) – Twin Baby Boys Have A Conversation! (Yahoo)
  •  Man robs bank to get medical care in jail (Yahoo)
  •  Why You’re Not Married (The Huffington Post)
  •  A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs (New York Times)
  •  Ryan Dunn Dead: ‘Jackass’ Star Dies In Car Crash (The Huffington Post)
  •  Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’ (Yahoo)
  •  Notes From a Dragon Mom (New York Times)
  •  A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not “Crazy” (The Huffington Post)
  •  Obama’s and Bush’s effects on the deficit in one graph (Washington Post)
  •  Penn State, my final loss of faith (Washington Post)
  •  Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet (Yahoo)
  •  The most typical face on the planet (Yahoo)
  •  Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis  (CNN)
  •  Permissive parents: Curb your brats (CNN)
  •  A father’s day wish: Dads, wake the hell up!(CNN)
  •  (video) – Laughing Baby Loves Ripping Paper! (Yahoo)
  •  Epic Cover Letter: How To Get Hired For Your Dream Job (PICTURE) (The Huffington Post)
  •  New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet (Washington Post)
  •  Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know (Yahoo)
  •  The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s Death (The Huffington Post)
  •  (photo gallery) – ‘Where Children Sleep’ (New York Times)
  •  Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth’s axis (CNN)
  •  Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies (CNN)
  •  China’s latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals (CNN)
  •  Grant Hill’s Response to Jalen Rose (New York Times)
  •  Steve Jobs’s Patents (New York Times)
  • The 15 Most Popular Stories On Facebook In 2011 (huffingtonpost.com)

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