Inauguration 2009 Group on Flickr.
This is going to be an “open post” that I add to over the next couple of days as I see online coverage of the inauguration that is unique or special. I was starting to bookmark these for personal historical and research purposes, but I decided I might as well make it a public exercise as it may help a few of you discover sites you may have overlooked.
It already appears that the major media players are blowing out all the stops for their online coverage. But “minor” media are also doing some simple, cool things as well.
Here are some things that have already impressed me (again, I’ll be adding to this list through Tuesday or Wednesday):
Post-inauguration: An incredible satellite photo of the National Mall. Speaking of incredible photos, here’s a link to the CNN.com feature called “The Moment,” that “synchs” photos people took from the Mall. Speaking of “the moment,” Google has a fascinating blog post about inauguration-related search activity that includes a line chart that displays the dramatic fall-off in the U.S. people using the service during the new President’s speech. Same thing happened on Flickr and Last.fm.
Watching live: This event will likely be the most “live-streamed” event to date. As I note in several places below, nearly ever news site you anticipate live streaming to be, it will be. However (as of 7:30 a.m. ET), it’s already apparent to me that C-Span’s Inauguration Hub is going to be a great spot to see multiple feeds. Other places (list to grow) to watch live streams:
CNN/Facebook: In addition to feeds you’d expect from CNN.com, they are trying out a Facebook app that will stream video and allow FB users to “discuss amongst friends” what’s taking place. Go to the front of CNN.com and click through. The “connect” with your Facebook username and password. I’m on it now and can attest: It’s a new benchmark for the all online “group-watch” experience.
Hulu.com: This is the first “live” event the impressive service has featured. If you have the bandwidth, it should be worth checking out. I predict Hulu.com will be most “like TV.”
Joost.com: Like Hulu.com, Joost seems to be using the day to show-off its service.
The ‘official’ feed: It will be interesting to see if the official Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website has the bandwidth to live stream the swearing in.
Old School web cams: Here are some links to web cams that may be stationed around the areas of D.C. that will capture images of the inauguration.
Official sites: There are two “official” inauguration websites. (1) As mentioned above, the official Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is run by Congress and is focused on the swearing-in event, itself. The Presidential Inaugural Committee‘s website is focused on all the festivities related to the Inauguration. They are also managing web outposts on YouTube, Twitter and Flickr.