While a social media advance can’t hold a candle to the real news on this day in American history, Saul Hansell of The New York Times does note the significance of today’s CNN/Facebook mashup.
CNN’s live streaming of the Inauguration, with a feed from Facebook is powerful demonstration of how television can use social media and an equally powerful demonstration of what Facebook can do for various Web sites.
During the debates, Twitter and CurrentTV worked together to provide a similar experience. Will live events of national importance be served up this way from now on? Is that good?
As for Facebook’s live stream versus Twitter’s, I do like that I can comment on someone’s update on Facebook, or someone can comment on mine. That’s a much cleaner transaction than an @reply on Twitter.