Paid PostPosted on Jan 8, 201628 Major Things That Happened To BuzzFeed In 20152015, what's good?by BuzzFeed MarketingBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 2015 was a major year for BuzzFeed. 🔑🙏 Anthony Duong, Marketing Designer 1. Remember "The Dress?" David Bertozzi, Photo Editor Cates Holderness, Community Growth Manager (now BuzzFeed's BFF Editor), divided the nation in two, Team Blue/Black and Team White/Gold, with What Colors Are This Dress? 2. Two BuzzFeed employees said "I Do!" to each other! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Alice Mongkongllite, Graphic Designer Two BuzzFeed employees got engaged at LA's BuzzFeed Motion Pictures (and are expecting!). #RelationshipGoals <3 3. BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, enough said. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Antonia Heslop, Senior Creative Designer 4 guys started trying a lot of things at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and now it's their job, aka Try Guys gained 1M+ followers.You Do You, BuzzFeed's first iTunes series, just happened.Our weekly video series Whine About It with Matt Bellassai broke a milli likes on Facebook and won People's Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star!Costa marks the first branded video released outside of the U.S. 4. Snuck into your apps like... Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Shaun Pendergast, Brand Designer & Illustrator Launched Cute Or Not (available via iOS), BF News (available via Android + iOS), QuizChat (available via Android + iOS) 5. Hit 1,235+ employees! YAAAAAAS. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Liz Kim, Marketing Associate & Anthony Duong, Marketing Designer BuzzFeed hired 595 talented souls this year. (Btw, we're still hiring.) 6. Hosted 34 Music Breaks Dan Blaushild, Junior Art Designer BuzzFeed Events hosted a total of 34 Music Breaks, an in-office series for BuzzFeeders. Notable performances included: Little Mix, Everclear, Jamie Lawson with Ed Sheeran, and one time our girl Erykah Badu kept us waiting 2 hours... but we weren't even mad. 7. CEO Jonah rolled out the new Distributed Model Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Tyler Naugle, Creative Animator Like "OMW to become a more cross-platform, global network!"(Fun fact: BuzzFeed now receives 5B+ monthly content views!) 8. Lit up social with distributed content Ellie Sunakawa, Graphic Designer & Jen Lewis, Senior Web Artist Editorial Director, Summer Anne Burton, and her team of experimental, cool internet kids got lit with all-new original stuff for social sites and apps. 9. Took Snapchat to the next level with BuzzFeed's Discover channel Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Katrin Davis, Illustrator & Designer All about those partnerships. 10. Got mad loud on podcasts Rebecca Hendin, Illustrator & Designer We gave some of your favorite personalities, BuzzFeed and beyond, a microphone and told them to be free and speak. And these happened: Internet Explorer, Another Round, Women Of The Hour, Rerun 11. Picked up some awards along the way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Michelle Rial, Designer Thank you National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's Excellence in Journalism Award, National Association of Black Journalists' Best Practices Award, Google's Material Design Awards, 2015 Webbys, Digiday, FastCo, and Adweek! 12. Launched an Open Lab in our San Francisco bureau! Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Michelle Rial, Designer (Yes, we have a guy playing with drones for us full-time rn.) 13. Employees drank A LOT of seltzers and coffee Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Will Herring, Creative Director 73,272 seltzers and 1,716 lbs coffee to be exact (and this is just our New York office). 14. BuzzFeed Food and Tasty taught millions of users how to cook like a boss Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Tyler Naugle, Creative Animator People love tasty (18M+) food (13M+). 15. Published an Editorial Ethics Standards And Ethics Guide and the Annual Employee Diversity Report to stay honest and transparent with our employees as well as our audience Abbey Lossing, Junior Art Director Found out we are less white and more female than we were this time last year. Cool. 16. The Obama #selfie Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Andrew Gauthier, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures After we interviewed him! Thanks Obama.Other notable interviews included: David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Tim Cook, Dick Costolo, Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Julie Bishop (+emojis)! 17. NBCU invested $200M+ and said "you do you, BuzzFeed." Victoria Reyes, Designer Yeah, basically. 18. BuzzFeed's Matt Stopera lost his phone in NY, then suddenly found himself in China becoming bros with Brother Orange Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Chris Ritter, Lead Designer The story. A story about the story. The documentary. 19. HAD PRIDE FOR DAYS Jon Premosch, Photo Editor BuzzFeed celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling for Nationwide Marriage Equality the only way we know how – great reporting, Vines and swag, parties, floats and marching all around the world! 20. Got real GLOBAL Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Kirby Darland, Junior Designer Now in the Spain, Japan, Minneapolis, Mexico, and Canada near you!45% of our traffic is international! 21. Introduced POUND to the world. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Danielle Ceneta, Designer aka Process for Optimizing and Understanding Network Diffusion aka measurable word-of-mouth marketing aka mind blown. 22. Fought, kissed and made up with SXSW Anthony Duong, Marketing Designer BuzzFeed's executives wrote a letter to SXSW when they announced the cancellation of two panels related to gaming and online harassment due to threats of “on-site violence.” SXSW said sorry and made up for it, and we all moved on with life. 23. BuzzFeed's Tech Team ditched their normal work for a week, and got to invent new stuff for BuzzFeed Hack Week instead Peter Karp, Software Engineer < $ > Stacks on stacks. < /$ > 24. Went IN on Donald Trump coverage View this vine on Vine vine.co Coverage this year included his flip-flops — most notably on immigration — on the talk radio forces sticking with him, the racists who love him, the damage he’s doing to the Republican attempt to woo Latinos, the ugly scene at his rallies, the backlash against his anti-Muslim campaign, how he is the true hero of Chanterculture, and Trump throwing a fit about this definitive BuzzFeed News profile in 2014. 25. Received 141MM+ total views on branded content (posts*) View this post on Facebook Facebook: video.php and 250MM+ views on co-branded Facebook (video*) content! 26. Dedicated an entire week to Mental Health. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Jenny Chang, Illustrator & Designer 27. Investigative reporting got INTENSE in the U.S. Dylan Hollingsworth for BuzzFeed News Two months after this BuzzFeed News investigation in Texas about poor teens going to adult jail for skipping school, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law ending the practice of jailing kids for missing school."Fostering Profits: Abuse And Neglect At America's Biggest For-Profit Foster Care Company" and the sequel, "In An Unmarked Grave, A Baby's Untold Story", prompted a U.S. Senate investigation. ... the U.K. Rossalyn Warren, Senior Reporter The BuzzFeed News investigation of the British charity Kids Company was the first of three major investigations by BuzzFeed UK in 2015: Our reporters also exposed the "deeply suspicious" financial practices of a top Tory donor, and revealed chaos at the country's National Crime Agency. ... and abroad View this post on Facebook Facebook: video.php / Via Ayman Oghanna, Photojournalist Our correspondents covered conflict on the ground in Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq and across the border in Turkey, and exposed civilian casualties, antiquities smuggling, and the U.S. efforts to use a "mobbed up" Bulgarian arms dealer to supply rebels. 28. Made you laugh, cry, laugh-cry, and changed some lives. At the end of the day, it's about impact IRL. View this video on YouTube youtube.com So thank you, and bless up.