New Media Index: Bloggers Mourn Elizabeth Taylor

The March 23 death of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor dominated news links shared by bloggers for the week of March 21-25, while AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile accounted for the most Tweeted news links.

The March 23 death of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor dominated news links shared by bloggers for the week of March 21-25, while AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile accounted for the most Tweeted news links, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was tsunami footage from Miyako City, Japan, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Taylor’s passing accounted for 33 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, and it was followed by: the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, at 25 percent; the conflict in Libya, at 18 percent; Kelly Gneiting, a 400-pound former sumo wrestler who completed the Los Angeles Marathon in just under 10 hours, at 10 percent; and a BBC travelogue video about the Ukraine, at 3 percent.

The mobile merger accounted for 12 percent of news links shared via Twitter, followed by: the addition of several new words to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, including LOL and OMG, at 10 percent; a BBC story about a team of researchers who studied census data and predicted that religion may become extinct in countries such as Australia, Canada, and Ireland, at 7 percent; professional networking site LinkedIn topping the 100 million-user mark, at 6 percent; and a Mashable item about a World Wildlife Fund iPhone app that encourages people to take small steps to help the planet every day, also at 6 percent.

The Miyako City footage was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: more Japan footage from Russia Today; yet more amateur footage, also from Russia Today; a Tucson, Ariz., sports director nearly getting hit by an SUV while reporting live from an NCAA Tournament site; and still more Russia Today Japan footage.