Most-shared Australian stories this week

Combination of loyal owner and stuck horse was dynamite

The tendency of social networks to promote themselves is seen clearly in this week’s most shared stories from Australian publishers.

Stories about Facebook changing conditions of service, or intruding on privacy, always do well. Google’s pervasive use also guarantees it a top spot.

One of the most interesting stories in this list is’s “Meet the trolls” feature. Claire Connelly’s piece offered an insight into hate, making it far more universal than just a technology story: it aroused emotions and we know from Berger and Milkman’s study that, good or bad, that promotes sharing.

  1. Facebook ‘spies’ on your SMS messages (
  2. If you use Google, you may want to read this (SMH)
  4. MEET THE TROLLS: ‘It makes me happy when I can make someone angry’ (
  5. Facebook ‘accessing users’ texts’ (ninemsn)
  6. The Circle faces backlash after mocking war hero (ninemsn)
  7. We need to talk about Kevin (The Age)
  8. Charges against Assange drawn up in US, says email (SMH)
  9. US plans to charge Assange (SMH)
  10. Stricken horse’s owner unaware of global fame (ninemsn)

This list is compiled using data from the top 12 Australian digital news mastheads, as indexed by the Share Wars engine. Currently Yahoo!7 is not indexed for technical reasons – this will be fixed in coming weeks.

Hal Crawford

About Hal Crawford

Hal Crawford is ninemsn's Editor-in-Chief. He began his career at The West Australian newspaper and has taught journalism at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Twitter: @halcrawford

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