According to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Feb. 8-12, Google Buzz created quite the buzz on Twitter, while the blogosphere turned its attention to the decision by Warner Music to halt support for free music-streaming sites such as Spotify, We7, and Last.fm. The most-watched news and politics video on YouTube, meanwhile, was a Web ad by Senate candidate Carly Fiorina attacking Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell for being a “fiscal conservative in name only.”
More than 35 percent of news links shared via Twitter involved Google (its Super Bowl ad earlier in the week, Google Buzz later), followed by 14 percent on the Toyota recall, and 7 percent apiece on the snowstorm in the mid-Atlantic region, a drug bust that uncovered 30 pounds of marijuana from Mexico smuggled inside framed pictures of Jesus Christ, and protests marking the 31st anniversary of the revolution in Iran.
The Warner Music controversy accounted for 19 percent of news links on blogs, followed by 15 percent on the National Tea Party Convention, 13 percent on the anti-abortion Super Bowl ad featuring University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, 12 percent on an editorial in The Washington Post by University of Virginia Professor Gerald Alexander claiming that many liberals are guilty of “intellectual condescension,” and 8 percent on the death of Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).
As for YouTube, the remainder of the five most-watched news and politics videos were part one of the Feb. 3 interview on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, Sarah Palin caught reading notes written on her hand during a question and answer session at the National Tea Party Convention, an exclusive YouTube interview with President Barack Obama where all the questions came from online submissions, and part two of Bill O’Reilly-Stewart.