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Cheat Sheet: Watching the presidential inauguration with NBC News

An estimated 600,000 to 800,000 attendees are expected in Washington, D.C. on Monday for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Can’t make the trip to the nation’s capital? Fear not, NBC News will have you covered on TV and myriad other platforms. We’ll carry full Inauguration Day coverage live on NBC News and your local affiliate, beginning Monday at 10 a.m. ET. You can also get the full inauguration experience away from the television.

Consider this your guide on how to follow, like, fan and participate in inauguration festivities from the device or social network of your choice. and the NBC Politics App and the NBC Politics app (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) will carry live streams of NBC News' special coverage beginning Monday at 10 a.m. ET and provide full analysis, video and updates all day long. Utilizing Storify, we’ll also be curating the best social media reaction and photography from around Washington and the nation.

Inauguration Social Gallery

On we’ll be curating user generated photography with the help of Chute. This hub, a beautifully designed photo experience pictured above, will be a place to view pictures taken by users and NBC News correspondents in and around the Washington, D.C. area as festivities take place. Some of the best images may also make it onto the TV broadcast. To join in, tweet your geotagged inauguration images using the hashtag #NBCPolitics. See more at

Social TV

NBC News will optimize an experience with second-screen platform Zeebox. Released in late 2012, Zeebox has already been downloaded one million times in the U.S. and offers users a unique way to follow along with the broadcast on their desktop, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Within the app, users will have a curated view of real-time social media reaction along with the ability to share images, quotes, participate in surveys, questionnaires and more. For more information, visit

On GetGlue, NBC News has created a unique sticker to commemorate the special occasion. The only way to unlock and receive your sticker is to check-in to the broadcast on GetGlue.


Viewers can be a part of the inauguration experience on Twitter by following and joining the conversation using the hashtag #NBCPolitics and following @NBCPolitics and @NBCNews. Not sure who else to follow? We’ve pulled together a list of some of the best sources for analysis, photos and more throughout the day. View that list at As an added bonus for you to join in on the fun, some of the best #NBCPolitics tweets will also appear on-air during our broadcast.

And one last Twitter surprise: NBC News White House Producer Shawna Thomas (better known to the Twitter crowd as @ShawnaNBCNews) will take the reins on the @NBCNews account on Inauguration Day to offer insight and analysis.


Turn to NBC News and NBC Politics on Facebook for a livestream of inauguration coverage in its entirety. Additionally, check out photos from the scene, highlights, surveys, analysis and more.


Follow @NBCNews on Instagram for a visual look at life in capital during this big weekend through the eyes of NBC News photographers and producers.