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Brand New Day


Washington is starting to clear out - the celebrities have gone home and the Obama administration is starting its real work in the White House.  But we can't forget about a weekend that will be remembered for generations.

The inauguration festivities were tracked in a totally new way this year - with a lens into the festivities from the people from around the country who suffered through sub-freezing temperatures and ran around a sometimes-confusing city whose population more than doubled over the weekend. In addition, new technologies gave way for in-depth looks at the festivities, from close up and afar.

For a bird's eye view of the day on the National Mall, NASA provided satellite images, tracking the migration of over a million people gathered from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

Flickr's Inauguration Day project gathered photos from people watching the festivities from near and far, in living rooms and offices and intersections.

The first presidential address to be streamed online was former President Bill Clinton's second inaugural in 1997, but now the addresses of all former presidents are available online, and the interactive aspects of yesterday's event show how much has changed. 

CNN and Facebook partnered so users could read status updates while watching the day's events and Inaugurationreport.com showed live text updates from around the world. To relive the moment and hear the full inaugural address, check out Online NewsHour's text, audio and analysis of yesterday's events. And for a firsthand view, on YouTube, hundreds of videos show up in a search for "inauguration day".












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