Overheard on CNN.com: Goodbye 2011, hello year-in-review lists
As 2012 nears, we look back at reader comments on 2011 stories, big and small.
December 30th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Goodbye 2011, hello year-in-review lists

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

"My amazing event for 2012, I would have to say it would be: Hearing how our brave Navy Seals took out bin Laden, and knowing there is only one more day of this crappy year."
–Superdupperyea

If you haven't heard, the year is almost over and then it's going to be 2012. We've made our lists, and the comments have been nice. Together, we can figure out who's been naughty, and who's been nice.

Here are some of our favorite comments on the stories and trends that piqued our readers' interest in 2011. FULL POST

Gotta Watch: Your 15 minutes are over
Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden on their wedding day.
December 30th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Your 15 minutes are over

They say everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, and boy did these people squeeze every possible second out of theirs. But now their time is up. Relive these popular diva moments from a few of our favorites from this past year.  FULL POST

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Filed under: 2011 Year in Review • Gotta Watch • U.S.
December 30th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

What was your top news story of 2011?

From the Arab Spring to a global economic crisis, from the destruction caused by an earthquake and tsunami in Japan to the killing of Osama bin Laden, 2011 has been defined by historic and dynamic events that will shape the world in the years ahead.

But which one was the top story of the year? We asked you, the readers, to vote and let us know what story was the most important for 2011.

We gave you 20 stories and asked you to list them in order of importance. More than 30,000 of you helped shape the list.

Here's what you decided were the top 10 stories of the year:

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Gotta Watch: Best viral videos of 2011
December 29th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Best viral videos of 2011

We've posted a lot of videos on CNN.com this year, but the ones that seem to be the most popular are the viral videos. From the hilarious barking cat to the incredibly talented mini-Nicki Minaj, 2011 has been jam-packed with some incredibly amusing videos. In the spirit of the end of the year, we at Gotta Watch put together the four most-watched viral videos on CNN.com in 2011. Enjoy!

Rejection is funny - This video out of Missouri proves that laughing truly is contagious. A letter that would make most of us mad seems to have a very different effect on a little boy.

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Filed under: 2011 Year in Review • Animals • Dogs • Gotta Watch • Penguins • Sharks
2011: In memoriam
Some of the people we lost in 2011.
December 28th, 2011
05:49 AM ET

2011: In memoriam

As 2011 draws to a close, we’d like to look back at some of the notable people who died this year. These videos highlight their achievements and honor their legacies.

Screen siren – Elizabeth Taylor is remembered not only as a strikingly beautiful Academy Award-winning actress, but also as a compassionate and devoted advocate for HIV/AIDS research.

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Gotta Watch: Best interviews of 2011
December 26th, 2011
07:02 AM ET
Gotta Watch: The year in weddings
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wave to spectators after their wedding.
December 23rd, 2011
09:09 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The year in weddings

From the Prince William to Kim Kardashian, it seemed like weddings made headlines all year. Here are some of our favorite unusual weddings from 2011.

Noble nuptials — This wedding took place in April, but excitement for this event was high from New Year’s Day. Some people in the states hadn’t been this eager for a royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Many felt their son William’s wedding to Catherine Middleton lived up to the hype. Take a look back at Catherine’s stunning dress and the iconic balcony kiss.

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Gotta Watch: The top Jeanne Moos videos of 2011
One mom encounters an epic mess.
December 22nd, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Gotta Watch: The top Jeanne Moos videos of 2011

Jeanne Moos’ quirky view of the world around her has earned her a place in the hearts of CNN.com viewers. Her videos are often among the most-viewed videos each day. (In case you missed yesterday’s top-ranked piece  showing delivery guys manhandling fragile packages, you can find it at the bottom of this post.) We’ve assembled the most popular pieces of the year, as well as some of Jeanne’s favorites. Plus, find out what she thinks of her picks.

Flour power — One of Jeanne’s favorite pieces of the year was a video of two toddlers covering every inch of a room in flour. The mess brought the mom to tears. “I don’t have kids, and this is a great excuse for why not,” Jeanne says. See why.

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Twitter shares biggest world news stories this year
The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.
December 6th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Twitter shares biggest world news stories this year

There's no doubt this year has been one filled with dramatic news events. There have been global natural disasters and world-shaping revolutions in Arab nations in the Middle East and North Africa. There have been deaths marking the end of successful careers and also those of long-time dictators or terrorists.

And some might say 2011 more than any other year was one influenced by you, by what you were saying, what you were doing, what you were sharing and what you were contributing to the news. Some of the major news stories of the year even began with you, whether you were uploading photos and videos from the dramatic Arab Spring uprisings, capturing the devastation after an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, or commenting on the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi. In an increasingly mobile world, news rippled through our social spheres at rapid paces this year.

So it is interesting to examine what Twitter has released as its top news stories and trending topics of the year. CNN has also taken a look and created our own year in review. But we want you to vote on what you think the biggest and most important stories of the year were.

In some cases, the similarities between CNN's list and Twitter's list make complete sense. Certain stories were prevalent no matter where you were or where you get your news. But naturally, because certain movements began or were influenced more by social networking or citizen journalism like CNN's iReport (the revolutions in Arab nations, Occupy Wall Street and others), some rank higher on Twitter's list. It's an interesting dynamic between two forms of media that are constantly dovetailing.

Many of the top news stories also found their way into being the top hashtag topics of the year (#egypt, #tigerblood, thanks to Charlie Sheen, and #japan), Twitter reported.

So without further ado, here's a look at some of the stories Twitter says were the biggest topics of 2011. You can read the full list here.

World News

1. Mubarak's resignation

When Hosni Mubarak's decades-long rule over Egypt came to an end in February, Cairo's Tahrir Square was a scene of jubilation, as hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the fall of a man many had feared for years.

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