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Like: The most-shared articles on Facebook in 2011

For as much information as we share about ourselves, or our friends share (or, if we’re being honest here, often times overshare) about themselves on Facebook, users also use the site as a forum to share information about the world around them.

So which stories were most likely to appear on your News Feed over the past year? Facebook has just released its list of the Most Shared Articles in 2011, compiling the 40 articles that range from tragic news (including the most-shared of the year, the stunning before and after satellite photos of Japan from the New York Times) to the amusing. (Remember when everybody freaked out about the “new” Zodiac signs? Three of the top-40 shared stories were astrology related, including the reassuring CNN.com article “No, your Zodiac sign hasn’t changed” which took the No. 3 spot.)

Some of the other big stories to get passed around on Facebook included the death of Steve Jobs, parental advice (namely, “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps”) and Facebook itself. Here’s the complete list: READ FULL STORY

National UnFriend Day: Are you playing?

Today, Nov. 17, is the second annual Jimmy Kimmel-sanctioned National UnFriend Day, where he gives you permission to UnFriend people on Facebook who you’re not actually friends with in real life — without any guilt.

Do you still feel Friend-related anxiety? I used to feel bad for not accepting requests from people I’ve never had contact with but who are Friends with my Friends. Then, you experience real-life drama, and that puts that kind of thing into perspective. Also, you talk to your Friends and realize they only accepted that request because they assumed their Friends who’d already Friended that person actually knew him or her (and, of course, they didn’t). READ FULL STORY

Mark Zuckerberg earns top spot on Fortune's '40 Under 40' list

Mark Zuckerberg has already successfully outlived John Keats by two years, and now he can add another achievement to his resumé. Fortune just put him on top of their “40 Under 40″ list, the second annual celebration of brilliant twenty- and thirtysomethings whose relentless innovation and business savvy have transformed our world. Zuckerberg beat out his fellow Silicon Valley youngsters Larry Page (Google CEO, No. 2) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder, No. 9), although Google has the most spots on the list — besides Page, there’s also co-Founder Sergey Brin (No. 11) and VP Marissa Mayer (No. 20). (Ah, but Facebook has been the subject of a brilliantly, controversially fictionalized film masterpiece*, while Google was merely the subject of the 2007 film Google Me, a film none of us knew existed until two seconds ago.) READ FULL STORY

The new new Facebook: What do you think of 'Timeline'?

As expected, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a raft of high-profile media partnerships at today’s f8 summit, including deals with Hulu, Spotify, and Netflix. But Zuckerberg also announced a new aesthetic for the Facebook profile that is, to my eyes, the most complete redesign that the social networking website has ever experienced. Zuckerberg discussed the fact that, in the current design, status updates fall away into the abyss after a few days: A message that someone left on your wall in 2008 requires you to scroll down, down, down through the years. Timeline changes all of that, allowing you to navigate through months and years of your life, essentially “remembering” things for you. READ FULL STORY

Today in the Netflix Sad-Trombone Tour: Netflix-Facebook integration launching everywhere except America

In the Downward Spiral Championship Race-to-the-Bottom to decide which critically beloved media company will do more to destroy their sterling reputation in calendar-year 2011, Netflix moved several more lengths ahead of AMC and Sony today when, in the wake of the surprisingly leadfooted Qwikster launch, Reed Hastings took the stage in the middle of the f8 Keynote Speech to talk about Facebook/Netflix integration, which seemed like a readymade slam-dunk story for Netflix… until Hastings ended his speech by noting that the integration would be available pretty much everywhere except for America, thanks to a unique-to-the-US rental privacy law currently being debated by Congress. Netflix’s blog currently has a call-to-arms post asking Netflix users to call their local Congressmen. READ FULL STORY

Mark Zuckerberg's big Facebook announcement: What you need to know from his keynote speech

Big changes are coming to Facebook. What do those changes entail? We don’t know (though, like everyone, we have our suspicions). But we will know… soon. At 1 p.m. EST/10 PST, Mark Zuckerberg will deliver the keynote presentation of this year’s f8 conference. Expect news of partnerships, potentially including new Facebook Music and Facebook video-related deals. Watch the live-stream of the keynote starting at 1 p.m. EST/10 PST here. We’ll update this post as the revelations arrive.

UPDATE: Big announcements from the Keynote speech include partnerships with Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and Rhapsody, plus a complete rethink of the Facebook Profile in a new aesthetic called “Timeline.” One twist: The Netflix/Facebook integration is not currently allowed in the United States… because it’s not legal. Yet.

1:16 — Andy Samberg is onstage pretending to be Mark Zuckerberg. He just made a Glee joke and a MySpace joke. This is how you know that you’re not watching an Apple event. READ FULL STORY

Facebook preparing big, potentially media-reshaping announcement this Thursday

With the promise of an IPO lurking just over the eternal horizon, Facebook is gearing up for some big announcements during its presentation at its developers conference in San Francisco this Thursday. According to Variety, the all-encompassing social network will use the conference — known in Valley lingo as “f8,” as in “fate,” nudge nudge — to announce partnerships with various other services and content providers. Variety notes that Rhapsody and Spotify are likely partners. It’s also a good bet that Facebook will build off this year’s slow-but-steady initiatives into movie and television — including the option to “rent” movies like The Dark Knight and The Big Lebowski. READ FULL STORY

Facebook and Republican party team for debates. Do you 'like' this?

These days, it seems Democrats tend to be more technologically plugged-in than Republicans. Whether it’s iPhone-owner President Obama holding a Twitter town hall or ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner sexting college coeds, typing on smart phones just seems to be something donkeys do better than elephants.

Still, the GOP needs the youth vote, so today the Republican party announced they’d be holding their first-ever Facebook debate sometime next year before the New Hampshire primary. The historic event, moderated by Meet the Press’ David Gregory, will be streamed live on Facebook and users will be able to give instant feedback (which should come in handy should Michele Bachmann attempt to speak Yiddish again). READ FULL STORY

Google+: Google's new social network. Be afraid, Facebook.


Yesterday, I felt like a freshman in college again. Not because I started re-watching the second season of The O.C. (OMG Marissa’s chair throw!), but because I joined a new social network. But this time around, the network didn’t involve the words “face” or “book.” (Or “Zuckerberg” or “Friend” or even “a billion dollars.”) Instead, it was Google+, the search engine’s latest answer to Facebook.

You may recall Google trying out Buzz a year ago, a program that enabled users to post updates similar to Facebook. Unfortunately, that seemingly nifty idea turned out to be an uninspired one, and the program died a less dignified death than Friendster. But Google+ is a far more logical competitor to Facebook — with a set-up that’s very similar to our favorite online distraction, Google+ allows users to scroll through friends’ profiles, post status updates, and comment on friends’ pictures and postings.

So what makes it different — and more of a draw — than Facebook? READ FULL STORY

Facebook temporarily suspends Roger Ebert's account after Ryan Dunn tweets

Roger Ebert’s Facebook account was shut down briefly this morning after people complained about his posts regarding Jackass star Ryan Dunn, who died Monday morning in a car accident along with his friend Zachary Hartwell after a night at a local West Chester, Pa., bar. “Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks,” tweeted Ebert, “Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad.”

Facebook reinstated Ebert’s account after about an hour, and a spokesperson for the social network said the discipline action had been an error. READ FULL STORY

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