The online outpouring in response to last week's passing of Elizabeth Taylor demonstrated not only the kind of subjects bloggers can gravitate to, but how social media can serve as a kind of communal hearth, or in this case, a digital memorial service.
For the week of March 21-25, fully one-third (33%) of the news links on blogs were about Taylor's March 23 death at age 79, making it the No. 1 subject, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
Bloggers were also attuned to the two big international crises last week, which were the No. 2 and No. 3 topics-the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan (25%) and the conflict in Libya, which now involves the U.S. military (18%).
Read the full report, Bloggers Remember Elizabeth Taylor, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.