Nieman Foundation at Harvard
Lawyers for Journalists connects local news outlets with free legal services
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Jan. 21, 2009, 1:56 p.m.

Inauguration winner: Twitter

Here’s an interesting set of visualizations. Apparently, during Obama’s swearing-in yesterday, people:

stopped posting photos to Flickr;

stopped searching for things on Google;

stopped fiddling with their music on; but

quadrupled their normal tweeting levels on Twitter.

Now, in each case “stopped” is an overstatement — those first three services merely saw substantial and unusual drops in usage. But it is interesting that at an instant where people were otherwise stepping away from their technological lives to be in the moment, the one thing they still wanted to do was Twitter.

POSTED     Jan. 21, 2009, 1:56 p.m.
Show comments  
Show tags
Join the 50,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Lawyers for Journalists connects local news outlets with free legal services
The pro-bono service helps new news outlets — that often cover and serve underrepresented communities — not only stay in business, but also build a sustainable business over time.
Darnella Frazier, who filmed George Floyd’s murder by police, should win a Pulitzer Prize
It would be an unusual prize, and Frazier would be the youngest winner in Pulitzer history. But she should win it.
What’s the healthiest news diet? Probably traditional media, but don’t gorge yourself: Too much can leave you less informed
A new study finds that reading, watching, and breathing news all day can actually leave you less informed about politics and government than being more selective — with the right sources.