04. 28. 2011
The Royal Wedding online
Everyone here in the UK (and those much further afield as well, I imagine) is getting ready for tomorrow, to see the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton now known globally as The Royal Wedding.
As much as some people pretend they're not interested, there's certainly a sense of excitement in the air in London today as people hang bunting, put up flags and begin preparations for the various street parties taking place all over the country.
However, what I find most fascinating about the big day is just how much is going to be shared, streamed and updated online while the couple exchange nuptials in Westminster Abbey.
According to The Telegraph, William and Kate wanted their special day to be "the world's most interactive public event", so it comes as no surprise that the Internet and social media will be playing a huge part in sharing the ceremony with onlookers all over the world.
According to Mashable there will be a range of online websites and press organizations providing an online live stream of events, such as the UK Press Association, The Insider and CBS News. These will all begin around 5. am ET / 9. am GMT.
Starting at the same time there will be a dedicated YouTube channel, which has been set up in collaboration with the video platform and St. James' Palace. The channel will be showing a live stream of the event along with a live blog which will be integrated with the YouTube feed and provide extra facts about the events that are unfolding.
If you're interested in taking part on Twitter then make sure you use the hash tag #rw2011, to get properly involved in the global conversations. If it's anything like other big event TV moments in the past, Twitter will be packed full of updates, discussing everything from the camera angles or the commentary to Kate's choice of dress and makeup.
For those who feel a little overwhelmed, most of the online activity will be pulled into a central location at officialroyalwedding2011.org. And for those who couldn't care less, I suggest you disconnect yourself from the Internet for a few hours!