Today, The Atlantic looked behind the scenes of the viral web by analyzing Facebook shares in November. In addition to other numbers, they ranked sites by number of Facebook shares per link posted. Blowing away all competition is Upworthy.
But coming in a distant second is…
This success is mostly due to six posts that were popular last month…
- Realistically colorized historical photos make the past seem incredibly real (427k Likes)
- Toddler naps with his 2-month-old puppy every day (769k Likes)
- 13 pictures of crazy goats on cliffs (403k Likes)
- Illustrator draws faces, lets 4-year-old draw bodies, ends up with adorably weird art (361k Likes)
- Little boy’s hilarious conversation with himself while sitting on the toilet (248k Likes)
- If famous historical events took place in the age of Instagram (105k Likes)
These got shared, people visited, and traffic spiked. It’s been quite a ride.
But that isn’t all that makes a site like ours worth running. We like the spikes, of course, because they keep us solvent, but what we appreciate most — the people we’re most thankful for — are our regular readers who stick with us even if we have a boring day from time to time. Or, to put it another way, we like readers who are interested in a post like this one. :)
Thanks a lot for reading 22 Words and for making it (in November, at least) the second best website on Facebook.