Which actors, singers and news topics sparked the most conversation on Facebook this year? Take a look at 2011's most popular memes.
Social Media Matters
By Kristin Burnham, CIO
Osama bin Laden, Rihanna and Harry Potter may not seem to have much in common, but they do share one thing: They’re 2011’s most-talked-about subjects on Facebook.
The social network, in conjunction with the Facebook Data team, released this year’s most popular topics and memes, whose categories include trends by country; popular global topics; fastest-growing entertainment, music, sports and news pages; and top movies, TV shows and fictional characters.
In a post on Facebook’s blog, Facebook data scientist Jonathan Chang details some of the high points in the year that spiked conversation.
March belonged to Charlie Sheen (and his infamous meltdown) when his trademark “winning,” “tiger blood” and “goddesses” memes took off, Chang says, earning him the No. 3 spot in the top global topics category. Following him was the death of Steve Jobs in October, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in May and the death of singer Amy Winehouse in August.
Facebook also detailed the most famous fictional characters. Among the top three: Dr. House from the Fox TV series House, Dory from the Pixar movie Finding Nemo and Patrick Star from Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants.
You can find the entire list of top memes and topics—including a breakdown by country—on the Memology 2011 Faebook page.