image In partnership with Microsoft, CNN has published “The Moment” a Photosynth experience that allows users to upload photos during the inauguration of President Barack Obama which will then automagically be stitched into the potentially largest and “most detailed experience of a single moment ever.” Don’t know about Photosynth, check out the web site. “The Moment” will use a combination of crowd sourcing and professional photographers to freeze those amazing 20 seconds when President Elect Obama will take the Oath of Office and become President Obama.

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How do you contribute photos to have a hand in creating “The Moment?

  1. Take one photo of the moment when Obama takes the oath. If you have a digital camera with a zoom lens, take three photos (wide-angle, mid-zoom, full-zoom).
  2. E-mail each photo as soon as possible to themoment@cnn.com (one photo per message, 10MB size limit). Don't forget to include your name in the message if you'd like to appear in the list of the contributors. Please only send in photos you took yourself.
  3. Go to cnn.com/themoment to see all of the photos in our Photosynth.

If you want to use Photosynth to create a synth of anything – real estate listings, hotel amenities, your dog, whatever – you can do so on the Photosynth web site. If you want to mash Photosynth with Virtual Earth, read my blog entry. For additional information about The Moment, check out the press release or the Photosynth blog.

Don’t be lame. Be a part of history.

CP