Inauguration news posted to social-networking sites

The General Services Administration and the Presidential Inaugural Committee are tapping into social-networking technology to provide the public with detailed reports, real-time updates and photos of the festivities in Washington this week.

For example, GSA's Gov Gab blog is offering coverage of the events, including the opening ceremonies, the swearing-in, and the Kids’ Inaugural Concert featuring the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus.

GSA’s Office of Citizen Services is asking for input from the public about what kind of information should be included in the coverage of the inauguration. In addition to the kids’ concert today at the Verizon Center, GSA plans to cover the swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 and the Commander-in-Chief Ball that night at the National Building Museum.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee is also sponsoring a blog. The site lets people sign up to receive information and updates about free inaugural events via their mobile devices.

Text messages on how to prepare for the inauguration, weather updates, and alerts about buses and trains in Washington are also available.

Twitter updates are available here.


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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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