18 reasons we must stop writing BuzzFeed articles in list form

It is time to stop. We must stop this! If you are writing about BuzzFeed, please consider not making a listicle in homage (or using a “BuzzFeed-y” headline).


  1. “The 16 Most BuzzFeed Facts of All Time” (Gawker, Aug. 19, 2014)
  2. “21 things you need to know about BuzzFeed’s success” (The Guardian, Aug. 11, 2014)
  3. “50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists” (The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2014)
  4. “4 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Makes You Click on Their Super Awesome Articles” (Scripted Blog, April 22, 2014)
  5. “5 Times BuzzFeed Hated Israel in 2014″ (Communities Digital News, April 6, 2014)
  6. “9 BuzzFeed Posts About Things You Missed In Clueless” (Gawker, March 7, 2014)
  7. “10 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Sucks” (The Crossover, Jan. 29, 2014)
  8. “3 lessons from BuzzFeed’s Twitter swarm during the Golden Globes” (Poynter, Jan. 15, 2014)
  9. “4 Must-Read Buzzfeed Articles About Mean Girls” (Her Campus, Oct. 5, 2013)
  10. “8 Reasons Buzzfeed Is Just Plain Awful” (The Vassar Chronicle, October 2013)
  11. “22 Stories We Can’t Believe BuzzFeed Hasn’t Written Yet” (Cracked, Sept. 27, 2013)
  12. “40 Signs You Are a BuzzFeed Writer Running Out of List Ideas” (Vanity Fair, July 9, 2013)
  13. “Three lists about BuzzFeed’s serious journalism” (Poynter, April 4, 2013)
  14. “11 things you need to know about Buzzfeed” (The Guardian, Jan. 6, 2013)
  15. “Here Are The 13 Most-Viewed Buzzfeed Posts Ever (And Its 13 Best-Reported Posts Too)” (Pando, Sept. 20, 2012)
  16. “Here are 10 Tips from BuzzFeed to Make Your Content Go Viral” (Both Sides of the Table, April 11, 2011)
  17. “25 Articles That Prove Buzzfeed Is Running Out Of Ideas” (Post Grad Problems, undated)
  18. “33 Things To Do Instead Of Reading BuzzFeed Articles” (The Odyssey, undated)

This article will almost certainly be updated. (I have a nagging feeling I may have done something like this myself.) Send me BuzzFeed list-style headlines: abeaujon@poynter.org

Honorable mention: “You’ll never guess how much BuzzFeed raised from Horowitz” (FT, Aug. 11, 2014)

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