Watching TV With “Friends” Around The Nation – Is There Anything The Web Can’t Do?

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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.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.