New Media Index: Haiti Still Tops Twitter and YouTube But Slips in Blogosphere

According to the New Media Index for the week of Jan. 18-22 from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti continued to dominate Twitter and YouTube, although the focus of content shifted more toward information than fund-raising, but the topic slipped in the blogosphere.

A total of 58 percent of all links shared via Twitter during the week were about Haiti, doubling the total number of links for the next four topics on the list — Microsoft chairman Bill Gates joining Twitter (15 percent), the admission by former Sen. and presidential candidate John Edwards that he fathered his mistress’ child (8 percent), a Fox News report about black conservatives playing a key role in the Tea Party political movement (3 percent), and nine-year-old Marko Calasan from Macedonia becoming the youngest-ever Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (3 percent).

PEJ said the five most-viewed YouTube videos for the week were raw footage of the destruction caused by the earthquake.

As for blogs, Haiti slipped to fourth place, as 8 percent focused on the aftermath of the tragedy. The top story in blogs was the warnings by Germany and France about security risks of earlier versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, accounting for 28 percent of links. That was followed by a Washington Post report that the FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 telephone-call records from 2002-06 under the auspices of fighting terrorism (13 percent), and the withdrawal of President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, Erroll Southers (8 percent). The no. 5 topic on the blog list was a BBC report about coded references to biblical passages inscribed on guns used by American and British soldiers (8 percent).