The TV and cable news networks will most definitely be jumping all over each other to deliver the most up to date, expert, and graphics-laden experience of the inauguration. But if you’re part of the ‘net generation you’ll probably be sitting on your couch in front of the TV with your notebook computer on your lap checking out a whole host of different feeds, touching base with your friends, and people you don’t even know who are experiencing the inauguration in person or virtually.
First, you should know that many of the broadcast and cable networks plus other media outlets will be streaming multiple video feeds to watch online. There are also some options to watch on your mobile phone. GigaOM and NewTeeVee has a roundup of all the different viewing options. Plus Techcrunch has a good roundup as well.
But if you’re viewing on TV, you probably won’t be viewing on your computer. You’ll want a different experience. Like conversing with your friends, seeing photos, and getting the latest news reports. Here are some options for getting all the social media feeds as to what’s happening as we lead up to, during, and after during all the parties. You’ll notice that some of this is updated information on my post on how to follow social media of the Israeli Gaza Conflict.
- Flickr stream of photos tagged “inauguration” (Thanks Steve Rosenbaum from Magnify.net)
- Microsoft’s Photosynthing the inauguration on CNN.com. Walk through the experience with a 3D meshed collage of photos taken by others at the event. If you’re going to be at the inauguration, here’s how you can participate.
- Follow Twitterers talking about the inauguration. Or for social media information overload, check out the inauguration chatter on Friendfeed.
- Go to the search site Who’s Talkin’ and enter the search term INAUGURATION. It will find all the results, by social and traditional media site. Results will be sorted by blog, microblog, news site, video site, and image site. Or, go to the site, Social Mention, and type in the search term INAUGURATION. It’s similar, but you’ll have to repeat the search for every kind of media (e.g. blogs or video) you want to see.
- Find the most crowd sourced news on the inauguration via Digg. Meaning, what stories coming out do other people find most interesting?