Monday, January 26, 2009

8,500 "Status Updates" on Inauguration Day

January 20, 2009 was a historic day for our nation. Millions of Americans, including people from around the world tuned in to see the 44th President of the United States of America be sworn into office. There were many things that made this special day unique from any other Inauguration Day.

As I mentioned in Monday’s post, "5 Months to Revamp an Icon," the new generation is always changing. Sometimes it is easy to forget that different generations have different perspectives and have experienced different social trends and norms, current events, and communication tools due to changing technology. I am currently reading the book Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work, which addresses these very issues. I saw a real example of this on Inauguration Day.

Facebook, the free-access social networking website, teamed up with to bring live coverage to millions of Facebook members who logged into their accounts and watched together as the Inauguration festivities unfolded on CNN. Facebook also offers what they call “status updates,” which is similar to Twittering. Basically you can share your thoughts with other Facebook members, by “updating your status.” The moment Obama started his speech, there were 8,500 status updates.

It is truly a remarkable, new-aged way to stay connected while watching an important event in history.

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