50 (More) Viral Images The Web Shared In 2011
Images continue to be the web’s most underrated content format. And if anything, in 2011 we’ve seen the pace of image sharing continue to increase. I’m a fan of images in particular because of how simple they are both to pass on and manipulate: basically encouraging an ongoing story through a culture of remix.
With that said, readers here specifically are interested in seeing their ideas spread. That’s why I encourage visual thinking and one of the reasons I’ve been sharing the most popular images here over the last 3 years. The point is to help show what is resonating with digital communities and also inspire you.
So if you’re new to this site (or this series) start with the following posts:
- 50 Viral Images From 2008 And How They Spread (part 1)
- 50 Viral Images Shared in 2009 (part 2)
- 50 More Viral Images Shared in 2009 (part 3)
- 50 Viral Images The Web Shared In 2010 (part 4)
- 50 Clever And Creative Images The Web Shared In 2010 (part 5)
- The Social Web In Pictures: 50 Viral Images Shared In 2011 (part 6)
Keep these in mind when you scroll through the below, you’ll notice some clear archetypes. I’ll try and do a post with some analysis of the larger trends later on.
My methodology for gathering these is simple: it has to break the “hot” threshold on StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg or some other community that includes diversity, aggregation and incentives. I collect as I go to share with you here.
So, on with what’s hot. Following are the most recent 50 viral images the web’s been sharing in 2011:
Infographics, charts, graphs
Puts it in perspective nicely…
Now that’s progress
Looks like a good upgrade, sign me up
Neat concept for a showerhead
I think this is my favorite Venn diagram to date
Yeah, I can see it – now they need to join and form a band
We really have the wrong priorities – come on world, get it together
Animals, nature, landscapes
The real angry bird
What a colorful caterpillar…wait a minute
Think he’d still be smiling if he knew what was behind him?
Sunset reflection captured in wave
Make a left at the next turn
HDR image of a swamp
Great view from above
Just stunning sunset
The desert floor teems with life
Some very talented climbers
Beautiful close up of moisture
Does this look right to you?
The moths have eyes
Can you imagine moving a ball of water larger than you are?
Great view of the canyon
Flats after a rain
Epic bridge is epic
That’s quite the warning
Pretty creative use of Excel
If spiders could talk
Well done ad by the Smithsonian
What if you saw this on the street?
Creative use of a door lock
That’s one delicious couch
Dark side of the loom
Very temporary art
Viral advertising by Guinness?
Have to get really lucky (or perhaps unlucky) to get a shot like this
Another shot taken at the perfect moment
Your server room is not this perfect (unless this one is yours)
Really creative use of legos
Golf club light post
Police chase through crops (alt caption: those aliens must have been pretty drunk)
People help show the scale of a ship at dry dock
Creative shadow art
In-fruit Jello shots
Concurrent nature and human light show
Note: if I used one of your images and you would like credit, please drop me a note and I’ll update with attribution. Unfortunately an overwhelming majority of users save content on various image hosting services without attribution – so it is difficult to provide that on every image (but I’ve done so where possible).