Where were you when Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States of America? Did you watch it online? Were you on Facebook? Twitter? Friendfeed? Did you watch it on TV or listen on the radio? While the world watched with anticipation, the day came and went and history was made right before our eyes.
Now that the Obama administration has completed its first day in office I think it's time for that McCain/Palin sign to come down.
I didn't get to view any of the live streams from CNN, CBS, Hulu or other sites but the numbers are in and from what Dan Rayburn said CBS had the best online video viewing experience. Pete Wylie of Fierce Online Video said, "CNN.com reported streaming 21.3 million online video streams in nine hours yesterday, reaching 1.3 million simultaneous streams, according to the New York Times. Akamai, a content delivery network that handles video traffic for many major media sites, said it delivered more than 7 million streams at once during Obama's inaugural address. These figures topped the previous high, set during Election Day 2008... MSNBC.com and FoxNews.com also experienced heavy traffic, streaming 14 million and 5 million online videos respectively during the ceremony, according to the Boston Globe."
Mashable posted a detailed analysis of the social media effect, By the Numbers: Inauguration Day's Impact on Social Media, with visuals showing the peak numbers during Obama's swearing in ceremony.
While I haven't been able to read through all my RSS feeds, here's a sampling of what I read from the blogs:
- Akamai Delivers Record Streaming and Web Content During Historic Presidential Inauguration - Yahoo! Finance
- Inauguration Numbers: CDNs Deliver Over 8 Million Simultaneous Video Streams | The Business Of Online Video - While it is impossible to know the exact number of people that watched the event at one time, Akamai, Limelight and Highwinds combined did over eight million simultaneous streams for Obama's inauguration video, across all of their customers. Limelight said they peaked at around 2.5 million streams, Highwinds say they saw about 625,000 and my estimate is that Akamai did around 5 million.
- Inauguration Question Of The Day: What's The Largest Online Event Ever? | The Business Of Online Video
- CBS Best Inauguration Video Quality, Hulu, C-SPAN The Worst, Others Not Loading | The Business Of Online Video
- Reviewing the inauguration live streams - Lost Remote TV Blog - Wow, what a day. Millions of people at work during the inauguration punched it up live on the web, creating record traffic surges and a fair amount of glitches spanning news sites and CDNs. Dan Rayburn compared the live inauguration streams and posts his reviews right here. The best according to Dan? The CBS O&Os, which our own Kent Chapline reviews below. So, the inauguration was far and away the largest live streaming event in history. Or was it? “While this is a question many want to know the answer to, it’s one that nobody can truly answer,” writes Rayburn, who says a lack of unified historical metrics is to blame.
- Beet.TV: Update: CNN.com and Msnbc.com Have Record Video Streams of Inauguration....Some Experienced Buffering Problems on Multiple Sites
- Inauguration Online Video Recap: Records, Innovation, Loss Leader | Online Video Watch
No surprise we saw record numbers for online video viewing during yesterday’s Inauguration. But while it was a banner day in terms of traffic and innovation, it also showcased the utter inability of media to monetize the massive amount of video being delivered. From my personal experience, just about every site appeared to run into issues between 11:45 AM when Akamai reported peak traffic of 5.4 million visitors per minute for news traffic and 12:15 PM when Akamai served more than 7 million peak concurrent streams suggesting there may have been some backbone scalability issues.
- Now on YouTube: The Obama Inaugural Everyone Just Saw, Over and Over Again | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD