Tuesday, January 20, 2009

CNN & Facebook cover the Inauguration

Today was Obama's inauguration, and one of the best media innovations I saw was the integration between CNN and Facebook.

If you were a Facebook member you could watch the live stream (OK - sometimes it buffered like it was 1999, but overall it was reliable), while watching friends' comments, or even all Facebook members' comments, in a window on the right hand side.

It looked great, and worked really well. In fact this is what Joost was trying to do - social online video viewing. Let's have some more of it please!

Update - here are some stats:
-600,000 status updates have been posted so far through the CNN.com Live Facebook feed
-There were an average of 4,000 status updates every minute during the broadcast
-There were 8,500 status updates the minute Obama began his speech
-Obama’s page on Facebook has more than 4 million fans and more than 500,000 wall posts
-Millions of people logged into Facebook during the broadcast

Also - here's a Wordle cloud of Obama's speech

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