By: Irina Skaya
January 20, 2009
7:00 a.m. - Woke up and turned the television on to watch continued inauguration coverage by Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson.
8:00 a.m. - Picked up the NY Daily News newspaper to read
the schedule of upcoming inaugural activities.
9:00 a.m. - Logged on to www.abc.com/news to watch live coverage of Barack Obama's swearing-in as the 44th President of the
9:15 a.m. - Updated my Facebook status to share my enthusiasm with friends.
My day was not atypical. For decades, people have passively
set in front of their television sets to watch historic events like the
inaugural celebrations or the Watergate hearings. The historic inauguration of
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States
When I logged-on to the Facebook Web site to update my own
“status,” I was pleasantly surprised at the exorbitant number of status updates
I’ve received from friends—and how much more enhanced the experience became for
me. Some of my friends were reporting live from the event, uploading photos
almost instantly via the use of their mobile devices. Others who
celebrated the historic moment elsewhere also uploaded our own photos and
videos to the social network. I, myself, have uploaded a couple of photos and
video (to Facebook and Barack Obama’s online photo album) from Times Square
Even for those of us who weren’t in Washington