President Obama's second Inauguration was expected to be the most Tweeted and Facebooked-about in history. Nicco intervieweed for PBS News Hour's InaugBlog about the impacts of social media on politics, and the potential for its integration with the inaugural ceremonies.
While there will be several social media firsts this time around, Mele said that he believes the Inauguration may pose a unique challenge to social media users attempting to participate in a collective experience.
“I think of social media as profoundly individual. It’s individuals talking about their lives,” he said. “The Inauguration is a profoundly public event, and so it’s a little bit of a mismatch with social media. You’ll see people who are trying to claim it as part of their life through social media in terms of creating a shared public space or a shared public moment; that’s not something that I’ll see come out of it.”