Today’s inauguration of Barack Obama stirred a huge number of people (our publication is officially going with more than 1 million) to trudge into the early morning D.C. cold. It also brought out a large number (we have no official count) of professional and amateur multimedia efforts.
For me I went offline during the actual swearing in, instead opting for a quiet morning on the couch with my wife. That was my only social network until the afternoon.
But once I plugged in I scoured for what I could and here’s the most interesting things I found.
The official #inaug09 hashtag.
New York Times Division:
The Times brought out a bunch of cool, informative stories, graphics and other projects. On the text side could find the words of every inauguration speech (plus archived Times stories from the events). And photos you could get a great look at one professional photo or scan through thousands of crowd shots.
Photos and images came in all varieties.
If you wanted to see it from the air, there was the satellite view.
If you wanted to see it from the ground there were any number of Flickr pages.
If you wanted to see and read the event at once, Neoformix has you covered.
And you could see everything as CNN dropped the eagerly anticipated Photosynth project.
Suddenly this Obama character is popular on Facebook, and CNN took full advantage.
People I know division:
Former Statesman Journal and current Missoulian reporter Tim Akimoff went to the smartest group of political pundits, a class of fifth graders.