Over the course of a month and a half, software engineer Max Woolf (minimaxir on Reddit) analyzed 41 million submissions using Reddit's API, creating a comprehensive list of the most-submitted links from Aug. 11, 2011 through Sept. 26 of this year.
Notably missing from the top 25 is Imgur.com, a free image hosting service that receives more than 16 percent of its traffic from Reddit. This could either mean that images are reposted through Imgur using new URLs or, as Woolf suggested, “maybe everyone rehosts the images themselves for that sweet, sweet view count.”
Seven of the top links are for YouTube videos, including Ylvis's “The Fox,” “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared,” and Charlie Chaplin's final speech in the film The Great Dictator. The most resubmitted YouTube video was Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” with 223 submissions.
The most surprising entry on the list is the obscure dance song “Coreshine Candyflip Vol. 1” by Mullato Thunders, coming in at number 22. However, it looks like some of the song's 112 submissions might not be legitimate.
“It's worth noting that the spammer deliberately used different accounts and submitted to different subreddits for each link,” Woolf said. “Had he not done both, [Reddit’s] spam filter would have likely caught it.”
Below are the top 25 resubmitted links. Check out Woolf’s Excel document for the top 500.
- http://www.google.com (582 submissions)
- http://google.com (358)
- http://www.reddit.com/r/MakeNewFriendsHere/ (292)
- http://www.humblebundle.com/ (273)
- http://reddit.com (235)
- http://www.reddit.com (233)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0 (223)
- http://www.teefury.com/ (204)
- http://static.quickmeme.com/media/social/qm.gif (197)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE (193)
- https://www.humblebundle.com/ (190)
- http://www.reddit.com/ (149)
- http://store.steampowered.com/ (148)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ (148)
- https://www.dropbox.com/spacerace (143)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ (140)
- http://www.indieroyale.com/ (139)
- http://www.reddit.com/r/RedditDayOf/ (137)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0 (126)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo (124)
- http://www.rainymood.com/ (114)
- http://www.mixcloud.com/MulattoThunder/coreshine-candyflip-vol-i/ (112)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes (112)
- https://www.google.com/ (109)
- http://procatinator.com/ (107)
Illustration by Jason Reed