How Did You Participate In The Inauguration?

Are you old media or new? Progressive or traditional? Were you present in DC or were you participating using TV and being online?

President Barack Obama’s inauguration was an interesting event, why? It wasn’t during normal evening showtimes when people would watch on TV, as a result, people found other ways to consume the event –even using iPhone apps. Secondly, although an American event, it has implications to the rest of the globe, it’s not just a limited audience.

In my world, I watched it at 830am at home on HDTV, while streaming other pieces on Ustream.tv. I watched Current TV (got annoyed with the hip hop music and ridiculous tweets) and turned on CNN. I was on twitter (see charts), chatting and commenting about Aretha’s magic bow and how to be yellow mellow, and was reading the hundreds of tweets coming in every 30 seconds on Tweetscan, Summize (it couldn’t keep up) and Tweetdeck.

Over on Seesmic, there were discussions from those who were watching –and it cascaded to many other social sites, at the end of the ceremony, I changed my Facebook stats to read “Jeremiah is mellow yellow” and received several replies in a matter of minutes –one from my kid sister, who says I’m old for using email.

Tell me how you experienced the inauguration? Did you use mainstream media? Was it a social event for you? Did you create your own commentary and share with others?

  • http://www.ireflectm.com Carlos Hernandez

    I started the prior evening by watching a recording of Obama’s October 29 noted Infomercial and CNN’s Election Night coverage.

    Inauguration morning was double-duty, i.e. via the CNN television broadcast and the CNN web/Facebook pairing.

    The afternoon’s parade was via the CNN stream and it was fun to read and post Facebook status messages.

  • Veena Fox Parekh

    Hey Jeremiah, interesting question!

    I’m an American working for a Dutch company in Amsterdam. At 5:00 pm Amsterdam time (11:00 am EST) several colleagues and I gathered around my boss’ TV and watched the proceedings on CNN. Between prosecco toasts and potato chips I emailed close friends and family using my blackberry.

    Afterward my boyfriend and I went to an Obama art party in a friend’s graphic design space where we celebrated, danced and contributed to a communal 6-foot high Obama portrait. Around 15 different nationalities were present. For the first time in years, people actually congratulated me for being an American. Lovely feeling.

    In the hours before and after the ceremonies I looked at several different online news sites for any other tidbit of info or glimpse of inaugural outfit (yes, I couldn’t help myself). More follow-up emails and Facebook messages.

  • http://www.wakeupwomen.com Karen Mayfield

    I watched TV all day long in my home office, I’m not sure why but this time I was very engaged in the swearing in of this New President. I guess other than having direct TV I used old media as my way of watching the events unfold.

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  • http://www.nextpage.com nextpage

    As much as I wanted to be there, but I was out of the country so I had to watch it online.

  • http://www.trumbling.com/ Paul Trumble

    I watched from about 22 blocks away at the World War II memorial. Very old media.

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  • http://www.skydur.com/ Jane

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