Some might argue that 2011 was the year of the cat on the Internet. I think it was the year of the list.
The Sumerian’s started writing lists around 3200 BC, Since then there have been three distinct milestones in their evolution. The first major milestone was the use of a list to help standardize brewing in ancient Sumeria. The second was David Letterman’s Top 10 list — which according to some scholars may have been stolen from the Sumerians. The third milestone was selling ads by page views on the Internet.
Top lists of 2011:
10) CNET, almost any article. Just about every news site has discovered the joys of the slide show. Users like them, because they don’t have to read more than 20 words at a time. The sites love them because they turn what would have been a single page view into 11 page views. CNET is just one of many publications that have mastered of taking a single article and turning it into a slide show list.
9) Top 10 Kardashian moments. If it wasn’t for the Huffington Post how would we be able to keep up with the Kardashians. The HuffPo made it easy for us with their top 10 list.
8) The Borowitz Report tweets. Andy Borowitz’s tweets aren’t designed to be a list, but if you click on his profile and read the tweets, it’s basically a list of the most hilarious stuff on Twitter. All of it written by Borowitz.
7) Top 10 QR Code Fails. You can’t argue that something has jumped the shark until Mashable creates a list of the worst failures of said object of shark jumping.
6) List of misstatements in GOP debates. Lists keep people honest. CNBC compiled this list of exaggerations and misstatements inNovember.
5) Table of Contents of the Book of Lists. It’s a list of the lists in a book of lists. How much more meta can you get?
4) Top 10 Party Songs. 2011 was the year that Kool and the Gang’s Celebration was finally put to bed. 2011 was the year your five-year-old could sing along to lyrics like . . . “Pictures of last night ended up online I’m screwed Oh well It’s a blacked out blur But I’m pretty sure It ruled.” If you don’t know the reference or need to figure out just who LMFAO is, then this list is for you.
3) Top Muppet moments. The Muppets are back. If you missed them the first time around, this set of lists helps you catch up on their greatest moments.
2) The 5 Most Intentionally Funny Videos This Week. Can’t keep up on the video meme of the week? The Nerdist can help you keep track.
1) The 10 biggest social media mistakes. Ad Age captures the 10 biggest social media blunders. Read them, chuckle and hope it doesn’t happen to you.