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Inauguration Viewing in the Age of Social Media

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Yesterday's Inauguration will not easily be forgotten. From the
earliest moments to the First Couple's First Dance, it was a day filled
with hope, memorable "tissue" moments, though-provoking music and
words, and images of a gracious passing of the Presidential torch of
power that will be carried with all of us for a very long time.

addition to the usual TV coverage, a surprising twist to my day was how
much more enhanced the experience became for me due to the power of my
social media involvement on Twitter and Facebook.
As the Inaugural events were unfolding, simultaneously, my virtual
community of friends and colleauges were posting their impressions and
images real-time from all 4 corners the United States. We even shared
what we were snacking on! No longer sitting alone with our thoughts, we
became a rich community of voices sharing our thoughts and impressions
real-time.In the blink of an eye, a virtual living room of spectators
for the biggest historical moment in most of our lives emergered.

we were not alone! JuJu Chang from ABC News had a flipcamera and her
iPhone at the Inauguaration. She not only posted videos on her ABC News blog but updated to Twitter and Facebook
throughout the day. It was a cool way to give views another way to
experience the Inauguration besides the more traditional TV coverage
ABC was also doing, which was excellent.

One thing is for sure,
Obama seems to pull people out of their shells. There was a true sense
of unity and community yesterday, that was visible and palpable on the
Mall, parade route, the many balls, and in all our communities on and
off line. The buzz in the air was electric, so much so we were all
energized and then happily exhausted by the end of the day's events.

I had a bit of Inauguration coverage brain burnout last night, I woke
up this morning feeling more hopeful about the future than I have in a
long while and looking forward to exploring more the power of the world
of social networking.


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