Two contrasting and very interesting graphs of what people were doing on the Internet during yesterday's inauguration. The first shows how Google searches dropped precipitously at the moment of the swearing-in and through President Obama's speech:
The second graph shows how the conversation on Twitter exploded:
This is so cool to see. It shows how we stopped doing a solitary and personal thing like searching, and gathered around with our friends in conversation. I'm guessing we'd see similar graphs at all sites where the conversations were actively occurring: FriendFeed, Ning, MySpace, Facebook...
I always bristle a bit when people say that the Internet is isolating us. That's so far from the truth as to be laughable.