New Media Index: Google-Motorola Deal Tops Twitter

Google’s deal to acquire Motorola was subject of the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of Aug. 15-19, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Google’s deal to acquire Motorola was subject of the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of Aug. 15-19, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Meanwhile, the most popular topic in news links shared by bloggers was rumors about the upcoming Apple iPhone 5, and the five most-watched news and politics video on YouTube all involved the tragic stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

The Google-Motorola deal was followed on Twitter by: royal correspondent Clive Goodman’s letter stating that phone hacking was “widely discussed” at News of the World meetings; an op-ed by Warren Buffett in The New York Times saying that the super-rich should pay higher taxes; English Premier League squad Arsenal reaching an agreement to acquire Barcelona captain Cesc Fabregas; and Lady Gaga opening the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

The iPhone 5 speculation was followed in the blogosphere by: Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election; Google/Motorola; Best Buy selling HP TouchPad tablets for $99; and the announcement of two new foursquare features.

The Indiana state fair stage collapse accounted for all five most-viewed news and politics videos on YouTube, including Russia Today’s take at No. 3 and a report from online radio show Famous and Slim at No. 5.