When the news broke that Whitney Houston had died, the world was shocked.

Social media sites lit up. On Twitter, hashtags related to Houston and her name itself dominated the trending topics. YouTube’s News channel¬†featured her videos. Fan pages were created on Facebook. On Pinterest a search for “Whitney Houston” revealed dozens and dozens of pins. Videos and photos, from album and magazine covers to more candid ones, created what Poynter’s Julie Moos termed a “scrapbook of her career.”

While some news organizations covered it in the usual way with the standard obituary, videos, and slideshows of photos, others took Houston’s untimely death as an opportunity to experiment with using social media to pay tribute to the artist.¬†A few outlets, such as Mashable, created Spotify playlists to honor Houston.

In particular, there were three that stood out and used social media tools to create particularly effective memorials to Houston. Read more