The Royal Wedding Goes Social

Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton Engagment PhotoThough many of us are just starting our day, Catherine and William have already taken their vows.  The Royal Wedding started at 6 am EST and was broadcast all over the world via television, radio, Internet and even phone.

The Social Wedding

Live Streaming

You may not be surprised to learn that the monarchy has their own YouTube Channel called “The Royal Channel”. The ceremony was broadcast live there.  A real-time multi-media blog with commentary accompanied the the broadcast, highlighting historical information, providing additional footage and integrating a Twitter feed from the staff at Clarence House and St. James’s Palace.

Not a fan of YouTube? Livestream, BBC, ABC News, Fox News and ITN among others will all be live streaming the event online.

The Wedding Book

Here’s a sign of our times; the wedding is not just being broadcast, it is interactive.  The Royal Channel has a wedding book where you can create a video congratulating the newlyweds for all to see, including William and Kate.  You can “sign” the video wedding book until the end of day today (London time).

For those of us who can’t go but want to get a better view of the day’s event, Google Earth has created a 3D rendering of the royal processional route.

Facebook

For live Tweeting and Facebook posts there are a variety of options. The St. James Palace has put together a hub that posts from the official Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages, making it easier to see updates from all the social networks.

You can see updates on the official Facebook Page of the British Monarchy.

Twitter

Though many people will be tweeting about the wedding around the world (and we fully expect Twitter to crash),  you won’t be receiving tweets from the wedding guests. Signal blocking technology was installed at Westminster Abbey to block all cell phone activity.

Here are some of the “official” Twitter accounts that have been live tweeting:

The BBC is tweeting from @bbcroyalwedding.

CNN from @royalweddingCNN

The Today Show from @royalwedding.

The official hashtag of the royal wedding? #rw2011.

Wedding Gift

If you are inclined to give the newlyweds a gift, they have requested that people make a charitable donation:

Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have created a charitable gift fund to help celebrate their wedding. The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far. Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the fund.

Click here to make a donation.