New Media Index: Tucson Shooting Dominates Blogs; Google Tops Tight Twitter List

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., dominated news links shared by bloggers, while new offerings from Google accounted for the most-Tweeted news links, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Jan. 10-14.

The tragedy in Tucson accounted for 57 percent of news links shared via blogs, and it was followed by: the violence in Zimbabwe blamed on followers of President Robert Mugabe, at 15 percent; video of a BBC interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, at 10 percent; soccer superstar David Beckham and supermodel wife Victoria Beckham expecting their fourth child, at 5 percent; and an interactive Web page from the Los Angeles Times allowing users to try to balance California’s state budget, at 3 percent.

The new Google products accounted for 12 percent of news links shared via Twitter, including a Mashable report about the expansion of URL shortener, and a TechCrunch post about the new conversation mode for Google Translate. Three other subjects also accounted for 12 percent of shared links: Twitter; Myspace financial issues; and an opinion piece by Wired‘s Ryan Singel applauding Twitter’s response to a court order from the U.S. government in the investigation into the WikiLeaks scandal. And a report in Mashable saying that although Verizon is about to end AT&T’s exclusive deal with the iPhone, it will not be the major blow to AT&T’s business that many are predicting, accounted for 10 percent of Tweeted news links.