If you’ve been watching PandoDaily’s homepage or Twitter feed over the past 24 hours, you’ll know that our fearless leader Sarah Lacy interviewed Buzzfeed CEO/co-founder Jonah Peretti last night as part of our Pando Monthly event series. Earlier today, we took a page from the Buzzmaster General’s viral handbook and put together the 21 best nuggets of wisdom from last night’s chat, accompanied by the requisite cat pics, image macros, and at least one handless celebrity.
But why stop there? To help us tell the story of how it became the media giant it is today, we asked Buzzfeed for a list of their most-viewed posts ever, along with their best-reported pieces. With goofy cat pictures existing alongside shocking exposes, this is what the Internet looks like in the 2012:
2. 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity (9,931,527 hits) / For Thousands of Veterans, the New GI Bill is Not Working (12,784 hits)
6. 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through the Day (6,774,758 hits) / Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looked At The Worst of the Internet (438,581 hits)
7. The 21 Absolute Worst Things In the World (6,187,293 hits) / An Olympic Fencer Refuses To Leave The Floor After Getting Screwed (479,720 hits)
11. 25 Foods You’ll Never Be Able To Eat Again (3,924,432 hits) / How the White House Smothered News of Obama’s Trip To Afghanistan (639,362 hits)
12. The 25 Most Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions (3,521,233 hits) / Foreign Policy Hands Voice Disbelief At Romney Cairo Statement (736,897 hits)
13. 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken (3,464,352 hits) / Horror Hospital: The Most Shocking Photos And Testimony From The Dawood Military Hospital Scandal (727,795 hits)