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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.

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email ( or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     Jan. 21, 2009, 1:56 p.m.
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