As the United States made history with the swearing-in of Barack Obama, some less significant, but still remarkable, things happened in the tech world.
Web 2.0 technologies offered plenty of new experiences and communications tools for those witnessing the historic event.
Social networking sites helped coordinate in-person meetings in the nation’s capital and throughout the country. The iPhone offered a UStream application for viewing live coverage of the inauguration and information about the events taking place.
YouTube offered downloadable video. Twitter members traded tidbits of information, allowing for a broader perspective than in years past. Bloggers and citizen journalists expanded perspective even further through new media sites, as well as traditional media Web sites, while video-sharing sites like Flickr certainly enhanced perspective from a visual standpoint.
The virtual inaugural events come as little surprise after U.S. President Barack Obama’s transition team held community discussions on health care in Second Life as a way to provide easier access to people with disabilities who wanted to voice their views.