Shocker: Surprised Kitten More Popular Than Michael Jackson [STATS]


As 2009 comes to a close, it’s interesting to look back at what stories were the most popular, captivating and shared. Social widget AddThis has calculated the 15 most-shared articles from the sites that use its service.

Before looking at the list, we probably could have guessed many of the most popular stories. However, the ranking of those stories is an entirely different matter. Let’s put it this way, Michael Jackson’s death has nothing on an adorably cute kitten.

Here’s the complete list:

  1. Santa Yourself – 71,848 shares
  2. The Kim Komando Show – Video of the Day – African thunderstorm – 50,008 shares
  3. Pawnation – “Suprised Kitty” Rampages Across Nation – 32,270 shares
  4. disinformation – Cannabis College Now Enrolling Students – 24,338 shares
  5. Pawnation – Viral ‘Extreme Shepherding’ Ad Campaign Lights Up the Welsh Hills – 18,165 shares –
  6. TMZ – Michael Jackson Dies – 13,481 shares-
  7. Mercola.com – Swine Flu — One of the Most Massive Cover-ups in American History – 12,722 shares
  8. lemondrop – Best. Wedding Entrance. Ever. – 12,693 shares
  9. Pawnation – Faith the Two-Legged Dog Turns Seven This Christmas – 11,546 shares
  10. CNBC – Santelli’s Tea Party – 11,020 shares
  11. tom’s hardware – Best Graphics Cards For The Money: November ‘09 – 10,802 shares
  12. PopEater – Ukrainian Has Definitely ‘Got Talent’ – 10,620 shares
  13. Telegraph – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past – 10,502 shares
  14. The Kim Komando Show – Video of the Day – Man’s surprising laugh – 7,340 shares
  15. El Caso Mascherano РInvestigación – Parte 1 Р7,149 shares

Granted, this list really says more about the demographics of users who visit AddThis sites than the Internet population as a whole — but it’s still fun to see what stories were shared the most.

What story did you share or receive the most in 2009?

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