The Most Shared Stories on the Internet – Likes vs Tweets vs +1s

Written by Amit Agarwal on Jul 22, 2012

Facebook earlier released a list of news stories that were shared the maximum number of times on Facebook in 2011. The list offers an insight into the kind of content that goes viral on the web and what news websites are popular among the 800 million users of Facebook.

Facebook Likes vs Twitter vs Google +1

After Facebook, Twitter is the second most popular destination where people share tweet stories but is there any correlation between Facebook Likes and tweets? Not really.

Here’s a table that compares the Facebook Likes and tweet count of a story and, as is obvious from the live data, a story that is a hit on Facebook may not always get that kind of reception on Twitter. For instance, the CNN story on “What teachers really want to tell parents” was liked by ~600k Facebook users but generated only 4k tweets on Twitter.

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

Stories from mainstream media like CNN, The New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo News and The Wall Street Journal dominate the list while The Huffington Post is the only “new media” organization that made it to this Facebook list of “most shared stories.” The other big surprise is Google Plus – look at the +1 count of the “most shared stories” and there’s almost no activity happening in that side. Or it could even be a glitch in the data.

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