CNN, which began its Web broadcast at 8 a.m., partnered with Facebook to display "status updates" from members of the social-networking site as they reacted to the events. According to Facebook, by 1:15 p.m., 600,000 status updates had been posted on CNN.com Live, with 8,500 hitting at the minute President Obama began his speech.
CNN.com, which will stream live video until the last inaugural ball ends, had, as of 3:30 p.m., generated more than 136 million page views, and its CNN.com Live section had served up more than 21.3 million live video streams globally, setting a new daily streaming record for itself, a spokeswoman said via e-mail. CNN.com Live estimates it served more than 1.3 million concurrent live streams during its peak immediately prior to President Obama’s inaugural address, she said.
Also breaking its own record for live streams was NBC's Hulu.com video site, the company said.
Content delivery specialist Akamai reported delivering record streams and content to its customer sites, such as The New York Times, Viacom and The Wall Street Journal. Akamai delivered a peak of more than 7 million simultaneous streams, most of them live, over its EdgePlatform, at approximately 12:15 p.m., at which time total traffic on its network surpassed more than 2 terabits per second. Akamai’s Net Usage Index for News, a daily Web traffic report of aggregate total visitors per minute to more than 100 news sites, recorded more than 5.4 million visitors per minute at approximately 11:45 a.m.
Other inauguration day sections could be found in Google's YouTube video sharing site and Yahoo's Flickr photo sharing site. The Twitter microblogging service partnered with Al Gore's Internet TV company Current TV to display messages from Twitter members online and on TV during the inauguration.
In addition to video and news articles, sites often provided other features like photo slide shows, interactive maps, opinion polls, reader comment forums and timelines.
Many TV stations and Web sites began tracking President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama when they emerged at around 8:30 a.m. from Blair House, their temporary Washington, D.C. residence, and headed to a prayer service at a nearby church.
After the one-hour church service, the Obamas were driven to the White House for coffee with now-former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush. All four arrived at the Capitol for the inauguration ceremony at around 11 a.m.
President Obama was sworn in shortly after noon and wrapped up his speech at around 12:30 p.m. A lunch at the Capitol and a parade to the White House followed, and the festivities will continue into the night.