New Media Index: Bin Laden’s Death Dominates Blogs, Twitter

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.

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.