Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Two For Tuesday 1-20-2009

In the spirit of today's Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, here are a few links I thought you might find interesting.

1. Twitter: #inaug09

(Here is something you may not already know about Twitter.)You can search Twitter by going to http://search.twitter.com/ and searching for a particular "hash tag." A hash tag is simply a search term prefaced by the # sign, which is also known as a hash symbol. You can see the most popular hash tags here: http://hashtags.org/ You can use the link above to see the latest Tweets about the inauguration, or go to the Twitter Search page and search for #inaug09. (If you aren't familiar with Twitter, check out this blog post, or this screencast.

2. Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
Thanks to Maureen Tumenas for this great link! The New York Times has created an interactive look at the presidential inaugural addresses from 1789 to the Present. You can click on the time-line to choose any president and see an interactive Wordle of the most used words in each speech. If you click on the word you can see it in context. The site also includes the full text from each address. You can also check out Maureen's collection of inaugural Wordles. Check out Linda George's blog for lots more inaugural resources. I especially like this one.

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