After raising nearly $20m in funding, the social news website is set to launch in the UK in direct competition with the Mail Online.

This article titled “11 things you need to know about Buzzfeed” was written by Josh Halliday, for The Guardian on Sunday 6th January 2013 18.45 UTC

BuzzFeed bills itself as the “first true social news organisation”, publishing everything from slapstick images of cats to in-depth analysis of the US economy – and now the list-mad site is set to expand into the UK. Here are 11 things you need to know about it:

1. What is BuzzFeed?

BuzzFeed is the irreverent US news and entertainment website taking the social web by storm. The site is said to be one of the fastest-growing on the internet, with more than 40 million people a month viewing viral hits such as “50 puppies to help you get through work today” and “The most WTF animal moments“.

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