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New Media Index: Tweeters Embrace Mother Nature

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Twitter users sharing news links during the week of June 13-17 strayed from their usual focus on tech topics and turned to Mother Nature, while bloggers focused on the billions of dollars intended for Iraq’s post-war reconstruction that have gone missing, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a news report about Facebook users congregating in a Hamburg, Germany, neighborhood after a 16-year-old girl mistakenly invited every user on the social network to her birthday party, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

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New Media Index: Apple’s iOS 5 Dominates Twitter

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Apple’s new iOS 5 operating system for its iPhone and iPad tablet was the apple of Twitter users’ eyes, accounting for 31 percent of Tweeted news links, while the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was a local news program’s clip of Sarah Palin’s version of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, and the most shared news link by bloggers was a Los Angeles Times story about three federal judges in Atlanta suggesting that they might be ready to declare all or part of the health care law unconstitutional, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of June 6-10.

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New Media Index: Twitter Users Focus on Small Businesses Using foursquare

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The use of location-based mobile app foursquare by small businesses was the topic of the most news links shared via Twitter during the week of May 30-June 3, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index, while the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was footage of clashes between Catalan regional police and protesters in Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya, and Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour was the topic of the most news links shared by bloggers.

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New Media Index: Egypt News Dominates Bloggers’ Shared Links

The political turmoil in Egypt accounted for 57 percent of news links shared by bloggers during the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4, while TechCrunch’s account of the hacking of online dating site Plentyoffish was the most-Tweeted news link, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was surveillance footage of a drug catapult used near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index.

Egypt was trailed in the blogosphere by: Groundhog Day, at 12 percent, including an AP video of Punxsutawney Phil; Dana Milbank‘s pledge in The Washington Post to not mention Sarah Palin for the entire month of February, at 7 percent; a report from the BBC on a drone flown by militant Lebanese group Hezbollah over Israel, at 5 percent; and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder‘s threat to considering legal action against the Washington City Paper for writing a critical story about him, at 4 percent.

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New Media Index: McCain Op-Ed Praising Obama’s Arizona Memorial Speech Was Top News Link Shared by Bloggers

An op-ed piece in The Washington Post by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), which praised President Barack Obama for his Jan. 12 speech at the memorial service honoring those slain in the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 8, was the most-shared news link by bloggers, while Apple once again topped the list of most-Tweeted news links, and the most-watched news and politics video on YouTube was footage of flooding in Toowoomba, Australia, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism’s New Media Index for the week of Jan. 17-21.

McCain’s op-ed accounted for 17 percent of news links shared via the blogosphere, and it was followed by: video of a BBC interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, appearing for the second week in a row, at 16 percent; another Washington Post op-ed piece, this one by George Will, who wrote that Congress has bequeathed much of its lawmaking power to the presidency and other government agencies in recent years, at 15 percent; health care, at 14 percent; and the economy, at 8 percent.

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Sarah Palin Loves Mr. Smith, Introducing Sample Chapter Of The Week

Sample chapters are an excellent way to discover new authors and books without having to commit to the cover price. It’s like leafing through a book in a bookstore, but doing so without having to worry about messing up the pages or loitering too long.

For publishers and authors, sample chapters are a great way to market books and get new readers to take a chance. If you like the sample chapter, you’ve got a great better reason to buy the book. Welcome to our new feature, “Sample Chapter of the Week.” In this new eBookNewser feature, we will highlight one sample chapter that we read and think you should too.

This week’s “Sample Chapter of the Week,” is America by Heart by Sarah Palin. Are you curious about how a woman who is famous for bad grammar writes (not that she actually did the writing), but don’t want to be caught dead actually buying the book? A sample chapter is the perfect way to get inside the Palin mindset without having to spend the money or be seen paging through it at a bookstore.

Here is an excerpt: “Call it corny, but Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is one of my favorite movies. It’s a movie about hope. It’s a movie about good triumphing over evil and idealism defeating cynicism. Most of all, it’s a movie about the timeless truths of America handed down to us from our forefathers and foremothers.”

What sample chapters did you enjoy?

Book About Sarah Palin Released As Kindle Single

There is a new eBook about politician/reality TV star Sarah Palin available in Amazon’s Kindle Single format. This is the first title that we have seen to use this short form release mode, since Amazon announced it back in October.

The book is called The SARAH PALIN Rogue Revolution Taking AMERICA BY STORM and was written by journalist Tony Reynolds. It delves into whether or not Palin will run for president in 2012. According to the product’s description, the book is formatted as a Kindle Single, though it is not listed in any special Kindle Single category in the Kindle store.

Borrowing from music released as a “single” song, versus an album, these new books, are categorized as between 10,000 and 30,000 words –or about 30-90 pages. Amazon said that these Kindle Singles will have their own section in the Kindle Store, but we have yet to see this categorization in the Kindle store.

Kindle Singles are also supposed to come with a cheaper price tag, and this Sarah Palin book is $3.99, which is cheaper than a typical $9.99 Kindle eBook from a major publisher.