The death of Osama Bin Laden accounted for 50 percent of news links shared via Twitter during the week of May 2-6, as well as a whopping 80 percent of news links on the blogosphere, while the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a tornado striking a terminal at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.
Bin Laden’s death was followed on Twitter by: a now-obsolete Mashable post that Facebook was pondering an offer for Skype, at 10 percent; Sony’s response to the hacking of its Playstation network, at 5 percent; Mashable’s report that fashion retailer Express is selling its entire catalog on Facebook, at 4 percent; and another Mashable post on the addition of comedy clips to Internet radio service Pandora, also at 4 percent.
As for blogs, the No. 2 story, at 10 percent, was also related to Bin Laden: a Los Angeles Times post about a speech at USC by the Dalai Lama in which he suggested that the terrorist’s death was justified. It was followed by: a report from the BBC that the death of Adolf Hitler was also announced May 1 (1945), at 4 percent; and an opinion piece in The Washington Post by Joel Achenbach discussing the national debt, at 2 percent.
The St. Louis tornado video was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: the death of Matt Cranch during a human cannonball stunt in Kent County in the United Kingdom, when his safety net failed; former Miss USA Susie Castillo discussing her experience during a TSA body search at Dallas Airport; a Portuguese-language video of a boy crying because his twin brother killed an ant; and more tornado footage, this time from Mississippi and shot from inside of a car.