TheGlobal Language Monitor(GLM) used an algorithm to track citations of the biggest news stories on the top 750,000 world print and electronic media sites, as well as citations on the Internet, blogosphere, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
According to the GLM,The top 10 news stories of the 21st century are;
1) The rise of China
2) Election of Barack Obama
3) Death of Osama bin Laden
5) British royal wedding
6) Death of Michael Jackson
7) Sept 11. 2001 attacks on the United States.
8) Japanese quake/tsunami/nuclear crisis
9) Arab Spring uprisings
10)Global economic meltdown