Swirling rumors of Twitter acquiring third-party client TweetDeck accounted for the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of April 18-22, while the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus caught stealing a pen during his official visit to Chile, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.
The Twitter/TweetDeck speculation, particularly accounts by Mashable and TechCrunch, accounted for 16 percent of Tweeted news links, followed by: the Wired report on tracking devices in Apple iPhones and iPads, at 9 percent; a study showing that active Twitter users tend to have shorter relationships, from dating site OKCupid, at 7 percent; and two Facebook stories at 5 percent apiece — the one-year anniversary of the Like button, and Facebook accidentally activating the email notification function for some users.
The presidential pen thief was followed on the list of most-watched news and politics videos on YouTube by: footage of the tsunami in Japan hitting the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plan; a six-year-old girl being subjected to a body search by a TSA agent at New Orleans Airport; a Portuguese-language video recorded by Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, who fired on students in Rio de Janeiro and killed 12 of them; and a man helping drivers in a highway crash in New York, who was later charged with insurance fraud for events related to the accident.
The list of news stories most shared by bloggers saw a tie for first place, at 14 percent apiece, between the Los Angeles Times winning a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of corrupt officials in Bell, Calif., and the influence of British news and culture and the marking of deaths of famous individuals. Third place, at 10 percent, went to a drive-through funeral home in Compton, Calif., while the role of social media in presidential campaigns accounted for 6 percent, and two items tied at 5 percent — an agreement between California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s prison guards, and a Los Angeles Times story about Mexican drug cartels setting up shop in cities around the United States.