New Media Index: Tweeters Embrace Mother Nature

Twitter users sharing news links during the week of June 13-17 strayed from their usual focus on tech topics and turned to Mother Nature, while bloggers focused on the billions of dollars intended for Iraq's post-war reconstruction that have gone missing, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a news report about Facebook users congregating in a Hamburg, Germany, neighborhood after a 16-year-old girl mistakenly invited every user on the social network to her birthday party, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Twitter users sharing news links during the week of June 13-17 strayed from their usual focus on tech topics and turned to Mother Nature, while bloggers focused on the billions of dollars intended for Iraq’s post-war reconstruction that have gone missing, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a news report about Facebook users congregating in a Hamburg, Germany, neighborhood after a 16-year-old girl mistakenly invited every user on the social network to her birthday party, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

A live feed of the lunar eclipse from Wired was the most-tweeted news link, at 17 percent, and it was followed by: global warming, at 14 percent; unrest in Bahrain, at 12 percent; Facebook, at 9 percent; and a mirror.co.uk item about a double-murder suspect accused of killing his girlfriend and child with a shotgun, at 8 percent.

The missing Iraq funds accounted for 54 percent of news links shared by bloggers, followed by: the Los Angeles Unified School district, at 13 percent; the June 10 release of 25,000 Sarah Palin emails from her time as governor of Alaska, at 6 percent; violence in Athens after a package of budget cuts and tax increases was introduced, at 5 percent; and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential election, at 4 percent.

The Hamburg birthday fest was followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: an Anonymous video urging viewers to push for Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s resignation; footage of young American Jew Lucas Koerner speaking out against Israel while in the country and being arrested; footage of protesters confronting members of the Bilderberg Conference; and a video in Italian from Italian activist, blogger, comedian, and politician Beppe Grillo.