Memorial Day, Star Trek and President Obama topped Nielsen's monthly index of most blogged news stories for May 2009, according to the just released top 10 most-blogged topics report.
Conversations about Memorial Day ranged from the hottest retail sales during the holiday to plans for the weekend. So what were bloggers doing? Maybe they were at the movies. Two of the top 10 topics in May were the new movie releases, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.
Political figures were also widely discussed in May, with Barack Obama being the No. 3 most talked about topic for the month. Bloggers buzzed about the president's desire to pass a new credit card reform law, his planned trip to the Middle East, and his visit to the University of Notre Dame. In fact, his visit to Notre Dame was so widely discussed that the phrase, Notre Dame, became the 5th most talked about subject in May. President Obama's May 26th nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court was also widely discussed among bloggers. Former Vice President Dick Cheney also emerged as the fourth most blogged-about topic.
While Swine Flu was top of mind for many bloggers in April, it fell to No. 8 in May. Bloggers continued to discuss the latest cases and growing number of infected; however, there were also many conversations that discussed how the initial panic surrounding the epidemic was over-inflated and unnecessary.