40 Most Shared Articles On Facebook During 2011

We’ve still got another month left of 2011 and already Facebook has supplied a list of the 40 articles shared the most on the site this year.

Probing for common themes in these stories might offer marketers some insights into the kinds of messages that Facebook users tend to relay the most: human interest stories prevail over all other topics.

And the old journalism school teaching about babies and pets on newspaper covers producing the most sales seems to have a parallel on social media, since articles concerning these two topics seem to get shared more than others.

The list from the Facebook + Journalists page follows below — we fully expect an update of this to come out a month from now. In the meantime, readers, how many of the following items have you shared, received or seen posted on your friends’ walls this year?

  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 Xodiac 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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