5 Best Ways to Watch the Obama Inauguration Online
Barack Obama's official swearing-in ceremony as the 44th President of the United States will take place on January 20th beginning at 11:30am EST.
NowPublic is liveblogging the proceedings here: Barack Obama Inauguration Liveblog
The speech event will occur from 11AM New York, 2PM Rio, 5PM Geneva, 12AM (Wed) Hong Kong.
For those who will be in Washington for this historic event as well as for those who are interested from afar — everyone is looking for ways to watch, follow, and track the inauguration online in real-time. Here is a full schedule of the inaugural events and an hour-by-hour breakdown of inaugural events.
NowPublic is assembling ongoing coverage, liveblogging, photos, and live video of the events at our special news coverage page of the Obama Inauguration, however, there are many ways follow the festivities. Here are some of the best.
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1. ONLINE VIDEO
President Obama's Official Live Video Stream - watch the swearing-in ceremony live at: www.pic2009.org
Joost - Live video stream http://www.joost.com/Obama_Inauguration_Live
Ustream - Multiple live video streams http://www.ustream.tv/channel/barack-obama-inauguration-day-live. Ustream has also developed an iPhone application specifically for viewing the inauguration: Watch the Inauguration Live on the iPhone with Ustream
LinkLive - One of the content providers for Ustream's coverage http://www.ustream.tv/channel/link-live-inaugural-web-gala
Mogulus - Multiple live video streams from C-SPAN, Democracy Now, The Real News, USA Today, and more: http://www.mogulus.com/blog/?p=911
Qik - Live video from NowPublic, BBC, CBS, Houston Chronicle, and more: http://qik.com/event/1224/obamas-inauguration-2009
YouTube: Special Inauguration Channel: http://youtube.com/inauguration
Democracy Now: Live video stream at http://democracynow.org
Official Obama Inauguration Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inauguration
Flickr Meetup - Flickr members, photographers amateur and pro alike will be assembling in Washington for the events. Here's more on the meetup: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2009/01/07/inauguration-day-meetup-in-dc and here http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1467839/
Flickr Inauguration 2009 Group - There's also a Flickr photo group to add your pics to: http://www.flickr.com/groups/inauguration2009/
New York Times - Check out an excellent multimedia collage of NYT readers' inauguration photos and videos http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/18/us/politics/inauguration-photos.html
The microblogging service has exploded in popularity and presence since the U.S. election last fall and a huge volume of inaugural tweets are being shared across the site.
Obama Official Inauguration Twitter Stream: http://twitter.com/obamainaugural
Trending topics: Use http://search.twitter.com to track trending inaugural hashtags including #inaug09 and #inauguration. Other services like TweetGrid also offer a consolidated view of several topics at once: TweetGrid Inauguration 2009 - or Monitter also allows real-time monitoring of up to 3 different topics: http://www.monitter.com/
NowPublic Scan: We're tracking trends, terms, popular links, and locations using our Scan tool. Check out the geo-located, real-time results here: Obama Inauguration Scan
4. SOCIAL MEDIA
Elsewhere online, social media sites are gearing up for an expected crush of user-generated activity, interaction, and uploads. But, as Jennifer Leggio at ZDNet asks, can social networks handle it?
NowPublic's Featured Coverage: Our comprehensive coverage of the events with liveblogging, photos, video, resources, microblogging content and much more. Tag your content with "Obama+Inauguration" to have it appear in the Obama Inauguration channel.
Facebook: In partnership with CNN, Facebook is organizing a massive online event to parallel the real-world proceedings. RSVP and participate here: http://www.facebook.com/cnn
CNN "The Moment": In partnership with Photosynth, CNN crowdsourced thousands of user/viewer photographs and morphed them into one huge 3D image of the swearing-in ceremony. Pretty incredible (and infinitely better than their election night holograms): http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/44.president/inauguration/themoment
Tumblr: The Presidential Inauguration Committee has partnered with the microblogging site Tumblr to allow users to post and share content across the media site. http://www.pic2009.org/blog/entry/tumblr and follow/contribute to the inaugural posts here: http://inauguration.tumblr.com/
Current/Twitter: Al Gore's cross-media venture, the online television network Current has partnered with Twitter for live/microblogging coverage from both sites.
NPR: Leave it to National Public Radio (in partnership with CBS News and American University) to offer a bold experiment in using social media from a variety of platforms to bring together user-generated content related to the inauguration. NPR's featured coverage page is at http://www.npr.org/news/specials/inaug09 — and check out their interactive project http://www.inaugurationreport.com complete with embeddable, geo-located widgets (oh wait, we have that too!).
Obama | Alltop: Guy Kawasaki's Alltop offers a single-page source for all sorts of top news on Obama and the Inauguration. Check it out at http://obama.alltop.com
TheUptake: Citizen media coverage that will include live video and photos http://theuptake.org
Avaaz: Activist social media site offers multiple user-generated, live video streams, rolling live-updated comments, photo gallery, maps, and more at Avaaz Obama Inauguration Hub
5. TV NETWORKS - ONLINE
Many of the major American television networks have created featured coverage pages that include an assortment of reporting and multimedia content. It will be interesting to see how they are able to compete with online and social media sites who are able to provide real-time interactive content.
C-SPAN: Extensive coverage, 4 live video streams, and inauguration hub http://www.c-span.org/politics/c-span-inauguration-hub.aspx
MSNBC: Live video (even streamed live from Starbucks outlets) and featured coverage at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27721638/
Fox News: http://inauguration.blogs.foxnews.com/
CBS: Live video and webcast http://www.cbsnews.com/inaugurationcast
BBC: UK broadcaster offers featured coverage and live video at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/americas/2008/obama_presidency/default.stm
CBC: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has live video http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/obama-inauguration/debates/
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