Most Talked About Topics on Facebook Show We're Not Always Shallow

As we start to wrap up the year, it's hard not to look back on 2011 without focusing on all the sobering events that happened around the world. As evidenced in these amazing photos, it's been a year filled with natural disasters, social and political upheaval, and ongoing economic challenges. With all the serious global news to talk about, it's a little surprising to hear that some of our biggest social media conversations revolved around Charlie Sheen, the Royal Wedding, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Or ... maybe it's not such a surprise, really. We all need distractions, after all, and social media isn't always the best place to have a Serious Discussion About Meaningful Topics anyway. At any rate, it sure is interesting to see what Facebook says were the most popular status update topics in 2011.


Since 2009, Facebook has been announcing an end of year "memology" list, which includes top 10 status trends both globally and by country. It also features trends in a bunch of categories like movies, music, TV shows, and "fictional characters." (Dr. House beat Bob Esponja in this category? Lame.)

This information doesn't necessarily give you an accurate view of what happened in 2011, but it definitely tells you what people were talking about. For global conversations, the trends were: Death of Osama bin Laden (the problem with this topic, of course, is that everyone was also cheerfully spreading around the "Osama bin Laden Killed LIVE VIDEO" spam attack), Packers win the Super Bowl, Casey Anthony found not guilty, Charlie Sheen (winning!), Death of Steve Jobs, The Royal Wedding, Death of Amy Winehouse, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Military Operations begin in Libya, and Hurricane Irene.

The most shared articles list is quite a strange mashup. Don't dress your kids like tramps! GIANT CROCODILE OMFG! Also, Japan.

In both the U.S. and Canada, the #1 status trend was "lms." For "like my status." At first I couldn't believe that was even a thing, but then I saw this awesome video and now I am totally going to add "lms" to every single post on Facebook ever.

(Seriously NSFW for language, but also seriously hilarious.)

With more than 800 million people using Facebook worldwide, it's utterly fascinating to see how all the billions of conversations that happened in 2011 end up revealing the most popular topics and cultural trends. Also fascinating: proof that no matter what you say or when you say it, Facebook is always listening.

What do you think about Facebook's list of trends? Did anything surprise you?

Images via Facebook

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