2011 was a terrific year. I started this blog in March and wrote 368 posts, that is more than 1 post a day. I just did a little data mining to find out the most popular blogposts in the last year.
Below are the top 10 blog posts in 2011:
- How to integrate Google Plus with Facebook and Twitter
- Start G+: Sync your posts in Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter, show FB and Twitter streams in Google+
- 10 popular Japanese anime Chrome themes, Metal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Bleach, One Piece…
- How to search Google Plus posts and profiles: a missing feature
- 15 essential Chrome add-ons for Google Plus beginners
- Who to follow on Google Plus? Expand your circles by adding recommended users!
- Complete guide to migration from Facebook to Google+, transfer your contacts, photos and videos
- 10 Awesome Game Themes for Chrome, Super Mario Bros, Angry Birds, Mega Man and more
- Chromebook vs Android Tablet: Does Touch UI Matter?
- Top 10 Google Chrome movie themes, Harry Potter, Transformer, Kung Fu Panda and more
I definitely think that 2011 was the “year of social network”.
2011: The Year of Social Network
6 out of the top 10 posts are related to social networks. And the majority of them talks about Google Plus tips and tools. This is certainly not an objective truth about the social network market shares, but more due to my personal preference of writing about Google’s services and products (Google+, Chromebook, Chrome).
2011 was not the first year when social networks are invented. It is however the year when a major market player, Google+, was released and when different social networks received major changes to the user interface and features (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). We internet users are so eager to share, making social sites the hottest market in the IT field.
The popularity of social sharing will definitely continue to grow in 2012. If you count the time you spend on the internet, you would find that at least half (or mroe) of the time is spent on social sites.
You Like Chrome Themes? I Give You More.
A little surprise is that 3 Chrome theme review posts got into the top 10. I started introducing and reviewing Chrome themes to build a regular column on Sunday. It turned out that people like giving their Chrome browser a new look once in a while. An even greater surprise is that Japanese anime themes occupied position #3 on the top 10 list. I was not aware of the fact that there are so many Japanese anime fans in the English world.
Chrome themes would definitely be a major topic that I’ll write more in 2012. (BTW, the above is my favorite Chrome theme in 2011)
Mobile Internet Devices
#9 goes to Chromebook vs Android Tablet: Does Touch UI Matter?, a blog post that I compared my Chromebook and my 7″ tablet. I am not sure how you people categorize these two kinds of machines, but I’ll take them as “mobile internet devices” (what an old school term by the way). I said “internet” instead of “computer” because I believe most tablet uses surf the web and use apps to connect to the internet (Facebook, YouTube, emailing…). Chromebook is certainly even more web-centric.
To me, the reason I use Chromebook and tablet is they are fast and direct routes to the internet. Besides, they are lightweight and not power-demanding. Unlike my Macbook that I have to charge the battery everyday, my Chromebook could last for a week given approximately the same usage.
Obviously all IT giants know about this, so Apple has already released iPad and produced the smallest Macbook Air (only 11″). Google is said to have their own branded android tablet this year. Amazon also has Kindle Fire that rocked the market.
This is a wrap up of what my readers liked the most in 2011. I will be writing more about these topics in Cloud High Club. Are you one of the “social-network-Chrome-theme-mobile-internet-device”-holic?