bitly in 2011

From Kim’s short-lived marriage to the earthquake up and down the east coast of the US, more data resonated through the social web this year than ever before.

actual real human clicks on bitly links (by day) in 2011

World events reshaped the geography of the Internet, such that we saw 392 times the number of clicks on Egyptian (.eg) URLs in 2011 than in 2010.

The number of new social sharing platforms continued to increase with the addition of new networks like Google Plus and

Even diddy and the Dalai Lama got their own bitly short domains this year:

And boy does the social web love celebrities! 

all of the clicks in 2011

Yes, 3% of all clicks on links went to pages about top celebrities this year, including some of our favorite gaffes and rumors:

But don’t lose faith in humanity! We saw significant traffic to the top news stories around the year’s meaningful events:

Of course, there were lots of cats…

cutest cats by month

And a ridiculous number of rickrolls!

Overall, it was one big year with more than 25 billion clicks on more than 7 billion

Happy holidays, social web.

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