New Media Index: Twitter Users Captivated by Google+

Twitter users were fascinated by the launch of another social network, Google+, while the declaration by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) of her candidacy in the 2012 presidential election was the topic of the most news links shared by bloggers, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was footage of an alleged unidentified flying object over London, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of June 27-July 1.

Google+ accounted for 35 percent of tweeted news links for the week, and it was followed by: a handful of global warming stories from British publications, at 11 percent; the British government hacking an al Qaeda website and replacing bomb-making instructions with cupcake recipes, at 9 percent; also at 9 percent, the British economy; and Bachmann’s husband receiving $137,000 in Medicaid funds, at 6 percent.

Speaking of Bachmann, her presidential candidacy was the topic of 33 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, followed by: a Los Angeles Times story about San Francisco considering a ban on pet sales, at 17 percent; a blog post on The American Interest critical of former Vice President Al Gore and his failure to advance the green movement, at 14 percent; the passage of an austerity budget for California by Democrats in the state Legislature, at 12 percent; and overseas issues, including austerity measures in Greece and striking public workers in the United Kingdom, at 10 percent.

The London UFO was followed on the list of most-watched news and politics videos on YouTube by: a clip of the moments preceding the famous photo of a couple kissing during the recent riots in Vancouver; another video of the alleged London UFO; a video from Al Jazeera English about an uncontacted tribe in the Vale do Javari region of the Amazon; and an ad for the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival.

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