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Inauguration Viewing in the Age of Social Media

| by Dr Gwenn
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.

In 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.

And, 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.

While 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.