New Media Index: Bloggers Discuss GOP-Led 112th Congress; Apple Remains Apple of Tweeters’ Eyes

The Republican-controlled 112th Congress was the subject of the most news links shared by bloggers, while the Twitterverse was enthralled with Apple for the second consecutive week, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was BBC footage of polar bears playing with hidden “spy” cameras, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Jan. 3-7.

A total of 32 percent of bloggers’ news links focused on the new Congress, followed by: the death of actress Anne Francis, at 18 percent; a BBC audio interview with openly gay actor Rupert Everett about the problems homosexuals face in the film industry, at 10 percent; White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs leaving his post to help direct President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, at 9 percent; and a story in USA Today about thousands of red-winged blackbirds falling dead in an Arkansas town on New Year’s Eve, at 7 percent.

Apple, particularly reports that the company’s value topped $300 billion, was the subject of 20 percent of Tweeted news links, followed by: a TechCrunch column predicting seven new technologies that will “rock” in 2011, at 10 percent; Twitter at 6 percent; Skype’s acquisition of video streaming service Qik, also at 6 percent; and social-networking site Quora, at 6 percent, as well.

The playful polar bears were followed on the list of most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube by: a video log by Shaycarl about Web series A Road to Reunion; Tucker Carlson of Fox News Channel saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick should have been executed for killing dogs; a video from German comedy group Die Aussenseiter; and an eight-year-old complaining about snow-delayed travels.