President Barack Obama’s $3.73 trillion budget proposal was the subject of the most news links shared by bloggers, while The Independent‘s list of the United Kingdom’s 100 most influential and elite people on Twitter was the most-Tweeted news link, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube for the second week in a row was the Feb. 7 edition of The Philip Defranco Show, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Feb. 14-18.
The budget accounted for 22 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, and it was followed by: the situation in Egypt following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, at 21 percent; an item from The Washington Post about a new Wal-Mart being built in the Northeast part of Washington, D.C., at 10 percent; another Washington Post story about anti-government protests in Iran, at 6 percent; and Chris Cillizza’s summary of winners and losers from the Conservative Political Action Conference for The Washington Post, also at 6 percent.
The British Twitter elite accounted for 16 percent of links shared via the microblogging service, followed by: the $12 million in funding raised by Coupa, which developed a cloud spend-management platform that helps companies keep track of costs, at 14 percent; IBM supercomputer Watson’s Jeopardy! victory, at 10 percent; a CNET report on an FBI announcement of its goal to improve Internet wiretapping capability, at 7 percent; and another story from The Independent on graffiti artist Banksy, at 7 percent.
The Philip Defranco Show was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: Christina Aguilera fouling up the National Anthem before Super Bowl XLV; a since-removed video of an elderly woman fighting off a group of robbers with her handbag in England; footage of a truck with snow on its roof passing under a bridge, causing the snow to hit the car behind it; and a protestor being shot and killed in Alexandria, Egypt. The Aguilera and Alexandria videos also appeared on the list for the week of Feb. 7-11.