2011 was an eventful year on Facebook. Many users were quick to update there statuses regarding major developments and events. Some lent their support, others were opinionated about disgust, while the rest paid tribute to the best (heroes). Here is a list of 10 things people were talking about on Facebook in 2011. It expands on an article written by PC Mag on December 7, 2011 on www.pcmag.com and sites the reasons for the intrigue.
1. The death of Osama bin Laden:
The capture and death of bin Laden sparked great interest on the social network. PC Mag. reports that 10% of Facebook users in the English speaking world posted about the event on May 1, 2011.
2. Green Bay Packers defeating Pittsburg Steelers:
When the Packers won the Superbowl in February of 2011 that created great stir on Facebook. Through the use of memology, PC Mag reported this event as the second most talked about event on Facebook in 2011.
3. Casey Anthony Trial:
Using same method as the other 2, the magazine reported this as the 3rd most talked about story in 2011 on Facebook. Anthony was charged and tried for first degree murder of her 2 year old daughter in 2008; however, was acquitted in the end. She did face a misdemeanor for lying to police.
4. Charlie Sheen:
The whole fiasco with Sheen comes at #4 according to PC Mag. His ramblings, drug addictions and rampage against friends and co-workers, really got people talking. Although, his tour was sold out, they were not as popular as his troubles. Many viewers booed him and left agitated.
5. Steve Jobs death:
Many paid tribute to the co-founder of Apple when he passed away on October 5, 2011. He revolutionized the world of technology and was an inspirational speaker and leader who left a legacy the world still relies heavily on. He was and still is definitely missed.
6. British Royal Wedding:
People in North America woke up early in the morning to watch the coverage of the wedding. Many watched in detail how the event unfolded from the engagement to the actual wedding. Viewers online were talking as much as they were speaking about it in real life. It is thus not surprising that this event is on the list.
7. Death of Amy Winehouse:
Everyone knew of the troubles of Amy Winehouse. They loved the singer for her talent and knack for artistic expression. Many Facebook users were quite frustrated that Winehouse was such a talent that got wasted. Her memory may or may not live on, depending on her impact.
8. Call of Duty 3: Release:
The awaited release of this game was equally talked about on Facebook, especially by the adolescents and young adults who are fanatics about video gaming.
9. Military Operation in Libya:
Frustrations over the war in Libya were also a hot topic on Facebook. The response received by NATO crews received mixed reviews. Many users were not happy with the intervention and the consequences.
10. Hurricane Irene:
Irene was a large and powerful hurricane in the Atlantic region which left extensive flood and wind damage throughout the Caribbean, the US East Coast and the Atlantic Canada region in 2011. Many braced for the worst as damages accumulated to over $3.1 million USD.
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