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
1 year ago
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
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:
- Jan 2011: Obama’s Speech, The New Yorker
- Feb 2011: Photos from the Protests in Egypt, The New York Times
- Mar 2011: Massive Earthquake Hits Japan, boston.com
- Apr 2011: Is Sugar Toxic?, The New York Times
- May 2011: Adm. William McRaven: The terrorist hunter on whose shoulders Osama bin Laden raid rested, The Washington Post
- Jun 2011: Kissing Vancouver Riot Couple are Identified, The Hollywood Reporter
- Jul 2011: Murdoch exits London home with arm around Brooks, Reuters
- Aug 2011: Best Places to Live, CNN Money
- Sep 2011: Live Stream from Outside the Georgia Prison Where Troy Davis Is to Be Executed, The Nation
- Oct 2011: Apple: Steve Jobs Has Died, Time
- Nov 2011: The Herman Cain crack-up, The Washington Post
- Dec 2011: The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah!, Forbes
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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