Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the way Michael Jackson’s death yesterday played out online, going from TMZ to Twitter to the LA Times blog. Yesterday was a record traffic day for Yahoo, and Google News reacted like it was under a hack attack from the huge jump in search queries for Michael Jackson. Also, the Guardian is doing a massive crowdsourcing project to look over hundreds of thousands of documents of expenses from members of parliament.
Check it out:
Background music is “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:
Outpouring of searches for the late Michael Jackson at Official Google blog
Losing Michael Jackson at Yahoo’s Yodel Anecdotal blog
Investigate your MP’s expenses at the Guardian
MPs expenses — what you’ve told us. So far at the Guardian
Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian’s (spectacular) expenses-scandal experiment at Nieman Journalism Lab
King of Twitter by Jeff Jarvis
Here’s a graphical view of last week’s MediaShift survey results. The question was “What websites do you trust most for news about Iran?”
Also, be sure to vote in our poll about when you really believed Michael Jackson died.
Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.