New Media Index: Idea of War with Iran Scares Bloggers; Mashable Dominates Tweeted Links

Bloggers fretted the possibility of a war with Iran, while Mashable accounted for all of the five most-Tweeted news articles, as it did during the week of Oct. 18-22, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was an animated parody of the Tea Party movement, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Nov. 1-5.

Talk of a potential conflict with Iran was spurred by an Oct. 31 column in The Washington Post by David Broder, and it accounted for 35 percent of news links shared by bloggers. It was followed by: the midterm election results and their consequences, at 17 percent; another Washington Post column, in which Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke explained his organization’s response to the economic crisis, at 13 percent; the Oct. 30 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, D.C., organized by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, at 10 percent; and a report from the British Broadcasting Corp. about a female boa constrictor that scientists claim had 22 baby snakes with no father, at 8 percent.

The Twitter top five shared news links, “sponsored” by Mashable: a new Hotmail feature that allows users to send and receive emails from other addresses, at 11 percent; a new ad for T-Mobile’s wireless network that pokes fun at AT&T’s speed issues, at 9 percent; a new mode for iPhone game Fruit Ninja at 7 percent; Apple’s plan to triple the length of iTunes music previews, from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, also at 7 percent; and at 7 percent, as well, a preview of Dell’s new Inspiron Duo tablet computer.

The Tea Party parody was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: an episode of The Philip DeFranco Show; Stewart’s closing speech at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear; a musical parody about Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi; and a Norwegian news report about a man looking for the culprit in several shootings aimed at people with foreign backgrounds.