Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Following the Obama inauguration on Twitter, Facebook and text messaging

I nestled in to watch the inauguration from my vacation spot on the Georgia coast but did so with the help of some special correspondents. An old colleague was on the mall in Washington sending me updates on Twitter, another friend who works at National Public Radio (Tony Marcano) was there sending me photos via Facebook (that's his picture with this story) and a third (Supervisor Michael Rubio) was filling me in via text message on my phone. All of which added additional elements of color and drama that made the moment much more than a one dimensional interface with my TV. Newspapers and their websites need to find ways to capture and embrace this kind of technology less they become even more irrelevant as a forum that provides "yesterday's news today."

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