Sadness Clouds Social Media Over The Weekend, as Twitter Mourns Whitney Houston

Social media once again brought the world together over the weekend as millions of Whitney Houston fans turned to Twitter and Facebook to celebrate the life and legacy of Whitney Houston, who was laid to rest over the weekend following her death February 11th at the age of 48.

“The importance of mobile devices and social media platforms take on an entire new meaning in times of national mourning,” social media expert and independent business analyst Mike Randazzo tells Mobile Marketing Watch on Monday.

“Between Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, it’s clear where fans turn when icons die and major news breaks,” he adds. “They turn to each other first on social media, and then to the major news outlets.”

Houston was buried Sunday at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, NJ.

Unlike the global tributes to Houston that continue online, the burial service was a small, family affair attended by only a few close relatives and no fans or members of the press.