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Twitter’s official hashtag was #inauguration. The microblogging service set up an Event page to monitor tweets about the occasion.

According to Twitter, there were 1.1 million tweets sent during the ceremony, which lasted just over an hour, referencing the inauguration, with the peek moment for tweets following the moment Obama said: "We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

Some of those tweets were clearly coming from the risers set up for VIPs at the Capitol. Many members of Congress tweeted comments and photos during the ceremony.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access Bipartisan senators reveal sweeping health care package Senate chairman says bipartisan health care package coming Thursday MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreEx-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (D-Wis.) both tweeted their view of the president.


Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Lobbying world Big Dem names show little interest in Senate MORE (D-Mo.) mocked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s “weird” hat, Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Trump, Senate GOP discuss effort to overhaul legal immigration MORE (R-Idaho) complimented the Marine Corps Band and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) snapped a photo of Beyoncé while the singer delivered the closing rendition of the National Anthem.

Clarkson, who sang “My country, ‘tis of thee” during the ceremony, tweeted her relief after finishing the song, and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump to meet with Prince Harry during UK visit Michelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day MORE personally tweeted that she felt “honored and blessed” that so many Americans attended the ceremony.




Commenting on the chilly weather in Washington, D.C., was actress Gabrielle Union — who also said it was “worth it” to be a “frozen fudge pop” — and Longoria, part of the inaugural committee, tweeted a photo of herself — also looking bundled up from the cold — on the platform.


The White House encouraged Twitter followers to share favorite quotes from Obama’s inauguration speech using the hashtag #inaugquote, but the hashtag never really got going, according to Topsy analytics.


The Presidential Inaugural Committee went on to live-tweet the parade following the swearing-in ceremony on Monday afternoon from @obamainaugural, while the Secret Service continued sharing updated security information about barricades and long lines at @secretservice.