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11 Social Media Days That Shaped 2011
11 Social Media Days That Shaped 2011
By: iMedia News Bureau

AOL has released its list of 11 days that shaped 2011 based on social media trends on those days. It’s apt for a year when social media came of age. 

Saying that 2011 was an unprecedented year for social media would be stupidly stating the extremely obvious. Yet, in the entire 365 days, there were a few days the redefined social media, its reach and affect in our world.

American internet giant AOL has released the best social media days of 2011. These were measured by comments, shares and tweets across AOL and their various media partners including Huffington Post and Engadget among others. AOL skimmed the information from its 98 million users and complied a list that includes the Japan earthquake and tsunami to Arab Spring and Steve Jobs death.

The 11 days include:

  • Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords
  • The Arab Spring
  • Charlie Sheen’s Meltdown
  • 8.9 Earthquake Hits Japan
  • The Royal Wedding
  • Osama Bin Laden Killed
  • End of the Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Debt Ceiling Crisis
  • 10th Anniversary of 9/11
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • Death of Steve Jobs

As the list shows, this is predominantly an American list of social media’s biggest dates. And that is expected considering that AOL stands for America Online. The giant do not claim that they represent the world, only their millions of users who are mostly in America.

Thus, it misses many global dates. In the Indian context, it misses the entire Indian anti-corruption movement spearheaded by Anna Hazare. The entire movement rode on information that was spread through social media. Yet, during the entire period, the day when Anna Hazare was arrested, became the day when the entire social media population went berserk with messages flying back and forth.

AOL seems to have gone beyond merely making a list. It is letting users participate with the moments they thought were missed out by AOL. To do this AOL has made a complete site dedicated to the entire exercise called They even explain why each event has made it to the list.

The Infographic explains the list.

This list is a good exercise in a year when social media redefined and shaped the world. It was a year when more people came to know about ‘breaking news’ from social media, than from 24x7 news channels. It was the year social media fuelled a revolution. The Arab Spring is said to have started by one Facebook comment by one woman with Twitter fuelling its spread.  

There’s need for more such lists, at least from Facebook and Twitter. It will not only be fun, but will also highlight the year that belonged to social media and will be remembered thus.