The Last Words Of 25 Famous Dead Writers
Social Media Editor Mike Hayes explains the thought process behind his post:
I initially came up with the idea after Bryan Graham from SI tweeted the link to this wikiquote page with like 3,000 people's last words. I went through that site, and found all the writers, then did a few more searches to round out the list.
I also have a list of famous last words from people who were executed, but didn't want to do that too close to Troy Davis' execution, so as to be perceived as trying to game SEO.
I think putting the quotes on the photos helps make this post more shareable, turns it into 25 individual pieces of content that people can share if they like. Also, there was a lot of "Who had the best last words?" conversation around this post.
I also feel like literary stuff works well pretty consistently, because people like to sound smart by reacting to anything literary with like a "As you all know I've been reading Hemingway's anthology for the last few months and check this out..." post on Facebook or Twitter.