New Media Index: Bloggers Ponder Hot Dogs

Bloggers worried about choking on hot dogs, Google (or, in one case, the lack thereof) was the hot topic on Twitter, and the two most-viewed news videos on YouTube were of golfer Tiger Woods’ apology, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Feb. 12-26.

In the blogosphere, 20 percent of shared news links dealt with a group of pediatricians who called for a choke-proof hot dog. Weinergate was followed by: an Italian court’s ruling against Google executives over a violent video posted online, at 14 percent; a scandal involving the behavior of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at 12 percent; the discovery of a poisonous frog in a rainforest in Peru, marking the first monogamous amphibian, at 8 percent; and a study suggesting that the brains of people who suffered strokes can be “rewired” by teaching survivors to sing, at 7 percent.

The two Google stories that topped Twitter, accounting for a total of 17 percent of shared news links, were a Wired profile of its algorithm and a CNET story in which the writer abstained from using any Google-owned services for one week. The Googlefest was followed by: links about Twitter itself, including Yahoo!’s access to its Firehose, at 14 percent; Facebook, including the story of a Wisconsin teen-ager convicted of using the social-networking site to blackmail classmates, at 7 percent; construction plans for the new U.S. embassy in London, also at 7 percent; and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games from Vancouver, British Columbia, including a profile of Kim-Yu Na, the first South Korean to earn a medal in figure skating, also at 7 percent.

As for news videos on YouTube, video from Woods’ press conference from CNN and Fox News Channel, respectively, claimed the first two spots, followed by: the Dallas Tea Party organization inviting MSNBC host Keith Olbermann to attend an upcoming meeting; a Jeepers Media warning about scams to steal YouTube accounts; and ITN News footage of flooding in the Portuguese resort island of Madei.