Monday, 29 December 2008

2008 review - top 10 posts on this blog

It's about this time of year that everyone starts looking back at the main events of the last 12 months. I thought it would be interesting to reflect on 2008 by looking at the top 10 posts on this blog.

Over 2008 has published 263 posts which have been visited by people from 173 different countries! The top referrer after Search Engines was Digg and the following are the most popular stories by number of unique visitors:

1. Facebook Pirate Language

Facebook launched a 'Translation Application' in February 2008 and since then the Facebook platform has been translated into numerous languages. I wrote about the launch of Facebook 'Pirate English' (on International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2008) and this post has been consistently visited in high numbers since I wrote it.

2. Top 10 YouTube most viewed videos 2007

I actually wrote this post over Christmas 2007, but this list of YouTube videos has been regularly visited across 2008.

3. Faceless People - Lotus Evora viral marketing

The 'Faceless People' created quite a stir at events over the summer of 2008 - including Henley and Wimbledon. I noticed it was Lotus, but few others seemed to pick up on this as the 'mystery continued' - cue lots of inquisitive traffic.

4. Elf Yourself returns for Christmas 2008

Elf Yourself returned, I made myself into a Disco dancing elf and for some reason high traffic resulted.

5. Facebook usage statistics

I have regularly reported the latest numbers for Facebook usage, split down by country. The original post on Facebook usage statistics makes it to the top five of the year.

6. List of largest Facebook Groups

I have recently published a list of the largest Facebook Fan Pages, but my original post about Facebook Groups is still popular.

7. Second Brother on the Right

One of the Chinese Guardians of the Olympic fame became a global celebrity. No-one knew his name and his identity was kept secret - thus he became known to all as 'My Dear Second Brother on the Right.'

8. BMW April Fools ad 2008

BMW traditionally run a spoof ad on 1st April. In 2008 they advertised their new 'alloy protection system' and my post (featuring the image from the ad) proved popular.

9. The Montauk Monster and the viral spread of the story

The 'Montauk Monster' washed up in the Hamptons this summer and became a celebrity after the story became a viral sensation.

10. Banksy Katrina tributes

Banksy went to New Orleans on the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He painted various pieces to mark the occassion.

No place in the top 10 for anything I wrote about the Presidential election or any of the analysis / review pieces I have written - it's one of those weird things where you never know what is going to be popular and it's never what you expect! My top 10 posts of 2008 are all about statistics or random virals - though even then it's Facebook and the Olympics that seem to dominate.

Looking forward to re-visiting this post at the end of 2009 to see if either my writing topics or blog visitors' reading habits change. No Olympics, football or Presidential elections next year - will be interesting to see what people write about!

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