New Media Index: Microsoft-Skype Deal Tops Tweeted News Links

Microsoft’s announcement of its deal to buy Skype was the subject of the most news links shared via Twitter for the week of May 9-13, while the breakup of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger barely edged the death of Osama Bin Laden in the blogosphere, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was President Barack Obama speaking at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Microsoft’s announcement of its deal to buy Skype was the subject of the most news links shared via Twitter for the week of May 9-13, while the breakup of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger barely edged the death of Osama Bin Laden in the blogosphere, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was President Barack Obama speaking at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

The Microsoft-Skype deal accounted for 12 percent of Tweeted news links, and it was followed by: a look by Mashable at the first Tweets by 30 celebrities, at 9 percent; Mashable’s look at a PEJ study about where people get their news online, at 6 percent; a Mashable post about favorite gadgets, at 6 percent; and yet another offering from Mashable, about a scam involving fake invites to Google Music, at 5 percent.

The Schwarzenegger-Shriver breakup and Bin Laden dominated the list of news links shared by bloggers, accounting for 41 percent and 40 percent, respectively. They were followed by: an executive order from Obama that would make corporate spending public, at 5 percent; the Presbyterian church’s vote to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers and lay leaders, at 3 percent; and a tie between WikiLeaks cables that showed a race to carve up Arctic resources and anti-abortion measures in state legislatures, also at 3 percent.

Obama’s humorous speech was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: footage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the balcony; Obama’s announcement of the operation that killed Bin Laden; a Portuguese-language video of a boy crying because his twin brother killed an ant; and another video of Obama’s Bin Laden announcement.