PublicationsApril 19, 2012

Instagram, Facebook and Media Controversies Lead on Social Media

The sale of the photo networking site Instagram to Facebook for $1 billion gained attention on both blogs and Twitter last week as users were startled by the large price tag. Also, three separate media controversies kept the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case in the news six weeks after the incident occurred.

PublicationsApril 11, 2012

Project Glass Takes Social Media by Storm

Social media users are often fascinated by high-tech advances and a preview of Google’s augmented-reality glasses last week generated a major reaction on blogs and Twitter. Meanwhile, an April Fools’ joke at the expense of a presidential candidate was the most popular news-related YouTube video.

PublicationsApril 5, 2012

On Social Media, a Conversation about Race

For the second week in a row, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was widely discussed with many focusing on the role of race in the incident.

PublicationsMarch 22, 2012

Bloggers Hammer Mitt Romney

The Republican presidential frontrunner was the target of significant criticism from bloggers last week in response to his remarks on Planned Parenthood and Rush Limbaugh as well as a column he wrote in 2009.

PublicationsMarch 8, 2012

Breitbart Remembered Fondly by Most on Social Media

In social media, praise easily outweighed the criticism of controversial blogger and conservative political activist Andrew Breitbart after his passing late last week.

PublicationsMarch 1, 2012

Bloggers Debate Global Warming and Scientific Ethics

In the blogosphere last week, scientist Peter Gleick’s admission that he used a false identity to obtain global warming-related documents topped the news.

PublicationsFebruary 24, 2012

Blogs and Twitter Make the Grammys—and Chris Brown—the No. 1 Topic

One particular performer at the February 12 Grammy ceremonies triggered a torrent of conversation in the social media last week. And much of that discussion included anger directed the awards, the singer and even some of his fans.

PublicationsFebruary 9, 2012

Social Media Share a History Lesson

Last week, bloggers circulated a letter written more than a century ago from a former slave. Some in social media were able to use publicly available information on the web to investigate the veracity of the letter. On YouTube, three different videos featuring Russians became a news phenomenon.

PublicationsFebruary 2, 2012

The Facebook Fascination on Social Media

With Facebook’s IPO filing, this special edition of the New Media Index examines the conversation about the company among bloggers and tweeters during the past three years.

PublicationsJanuary 26, 2012

Social Media Win a Big One in Washington

Legislation aimed at combating online piracy drew the universal ire of social media users last week as a large January 18 protest put pressure on Congress to oppose the bills. And in what many observers called an unprecedented event, the online resistance actually forced the legislators into retreat last week.