Facebook's Most Popular Status Updates Of 2011

What do Osama Bin Laden, Megan Fox, Harry Potter, House, Rihanna, Leo Messi, FC Barcelona, and CNN have in common? They all sit atop lists revealed by Facebook in its 2011 Memology analysis of status updates.

Nearly one year ago, we published the top 10 global topics in Facebook status updates from the social network’s 2010 Memology, and not a single one made a repeat appearance.

Here is the 2011 list, followed by the 2010 list, for comparison.

2011 Top 10 Global Topics on Facebook

  1. Death of Osama Bin Laden
  2. Packers win the Super Bowl
  3. Casey Anthony found not guilty
  4. Charlie Sheen
  5. Death of Steve Jobs
  6. The Royal Wedding
  7. Death of Amy Winehouse
  8. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  9. Military operations begin in Libya
  10. Hurricane Irene

2010 Top 10 Global Memes On Facebook

  1. HMU (hit me up)
  2. World Cup
  3. Movies (Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Inception, Alice in Wonderland, and Iron Man 2 were the top five)
  4. iPad and iPhone 4
  5. Haiti
  6. Justin Bieber
  7. Games on Facebook
  8. Chilean miners
  9. Airplanes
  10. 2011

Top 10 U.S. Status Trends

  1. lms (like my status)
  2. tbh (to be honest)
  3. Death of Osama bin Laden
  4. Charlie Sheen
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  6. Casey Anthony found not guilty
  7. Packers win the Super Bowl
  8. Hurricane Irene
  9. Insidious
  10. Death of Amy Winehouse

Top 10 Actors and TV Personalities

  1. Megan Fox
  2. Vin Diesel
  3. Adam Sandler
  4. Selena Gomez
  5. Will Smith
  6. Taylor Lautner
  7. Jackie Chan
  8. Ashley Tisdale
  9. DJ Pauly D
  10. Kim Kardashian

Top 10 Movies

  1. Harry Potter
  2. The Twilight Saga
  3. Toy Story
  4. Avatar
  5. Jackass
  6. Shrek
  7. Saw
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean
  9. Fast & Furious
  10. Titanic

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. House
  2. “Two and a Half Men”
  3. “The Simpsons”
  4. “Family Guy”
  5. “South Park”
  6. “Grey’s Anatomy”
  7. “SpongeBob SquarePants”
  8. “CSI: Miami”
  9. “iCarly”
  10. “The Big Bang Theory”

Top 10 Fictional Characters

  1. Dr. House
  2. Dory
  3. Patrick Star
  4. Mr. Bean
  5. Upin & Ipin
  6. Bob Esponja
  7. Mario
  8. Doraemon
  9. Ari Gold
  10. Sue Sylvester

Top 10 Musicians

  1. Rihanna
  2. Bob Marley
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. David Guetta
  5. Enrique Iglesias
  6. Usher
  7. Lady Gaga
  8. Metallica
  9. Green Day
  10. Black Eyed Peas

10 Most-Listened-To Songs

  1. “We Found Love,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris
  2. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry
  3. “Sexy And I Know It,” LMFAO
  4. “Titanium,” David Guetta and Sia
  5. “First of the Year,” Skrillex
  6. “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” Skrillex
  7. “Without You,” David Guetta and Usher
  8. “Stereo Hearts,” Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine
  9. “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People
  10. “Someone Like You,” Adele

Top 10 Athletes

  1. Leo Messi
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo
  3. John Cena
  4. Ricardo Kaka
  5. David Beckham
  6. Michael Jordan
  7. Sachin Tendulkar
  8. Andres Iniesta
  9. Kobe Bryant
  10. Cesc Fàbregas

Top 10 Sports Teams

  1. FC Barcelona
  2. Real Madrid C.F.
  3. Manchester United
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Chelsea Football Club
  6. Liverpool FC
  7. A.C. Milan
  8. Arsenal
  9. Galatasaray
  10. Fenerbahçe

Top 10 News Outlets

  1. CNN
  2. Fox News
  3. NPR
  4. The Onion
  5. The New York Times
  6. Al Jazeera
  7. Yahoo! News
  8. The Times of India
  9. BBC World News
  10. PBS

10 Most Shared Articles

  1. Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami (The 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. 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)

To see the the 40 most shared articles on Facebook in 2011, click here.

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