January 20, 2009

A New Media Inauguration

Posted in In the news, Political Punditry, Social Media at 12:13 pm by R

Barack Obama broke ground during the election with his use of social media.

Continuing on that trend, Obama’s inauguration today made history in the way it was viewed and even participated in. According to Mashable.com

The stats released, as of noon ET:

1. There were 200,000+ status updates through the Facebook integration on CNN.com

2. at that time, 3,000 people commented on the Facebook CNN feed per minute

3. Obama’s Facebook Fan Page has more than 4 million fans and in excess of 500,000 wall posts

As of 11.45am, CNN:

-had served 13.9 million live video streams globally since 6am

-had broken its all time total daily streaming record (from Election Day) of 5.3 million live streams.

Um. Wow!

That’s the power of social media.



1 Comment »

  1. denverprgirl said,

    In an effort to multi-task this morning, we set up the CNN streaming live video feed on our conference room screen. We gathered around with our laptops to work and watch history unfold. At first, it was awesome. We were watching live Facebook updates from across the nation while we watched the Inaugural events on CNN. The room was buzzing with how today was a true testament to the era of new media that has been ushered in. And then, the live feed over the Internet froze, resumed and froze. We could hear the commentary but the footage was delayed. Try watching our new President’s speech when every other sentence was skipped over due to issues with the video feed! Quite frustrating. . .

    Kudos to social media for breaking ground today but there is more work to be done to ensure that the problems are fixed for next time. I’m just happy that I recorded it on my DVR so I can watch it tonight!

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