New Media Index: Bloggers Focus on Facebook, While Twitterverse Picks Apple

FacebookAndPrivacy.bmpFacebook and the debate over the social-networking site’s privacy settings dominated the list of news links shared by bloggers, while Apple was the apple of Tweeters’ eye, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a one-minute video by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that used a puppet to ridicule people who have not read the state’s controversial immigration law, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of May 24-28.

Privacy (or lack thereof) on Facebook accounted for 37 percent of links shared by bloggers, and it was followed by: a British scientist who claimed to be the first person infected with a computer virus, after inserting a chip into his hand and passing the virus onto computer-controlled machines, such as security doors, at 17 percent; a story in The Washington Post by Dana Milbank poking fun at the rollout of a new Web site by House Republicans that asks visitors to suggest items for their policy agenda, at 7 percent; another Washington Post item, about President Barack Obama’s commencement speech at West Point, at 5 percent; and yet another contribution from the newspaper, about the city of Washington, D.C., stocking more expensive condoms after high-school and college-age adults complained about the poor quality of the ones given out as part of the city’s HIV prevention effort, also at 5 percent.

As for the Twitterverse, Apple dominated, accounting for 51 percent of shared news links, mainly due to the iPad going live and to the company surpassing Microsoft as the top tech company in terms of market capitalization. Apple was followed by: a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar Animation Studios made Toy Story 3, at 8 percent; a statement by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that allegations that the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) a job to convince him to drop out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary could be an impeachable offense, at 5 percent; stories about a company in China raising its wages following a series of apparent suicide attempts by its workers, also at 5 percent; and a profile of the company that designed location-based social mobile app foursquare, at 4 percent.

Brewer’s video was followed on YouTube by: Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-Calif.) speech in Congress about immigration, in response to comments made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon; Google’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of video game Pac-Man; footage from Russia Today of a bridge shaking violently in Volgograd due to heavy winds; and matador Julio Aparicio being gored during a recent bullfight in Spain.