1. This was my first response, written before I had really seen what anyone else was writing.
  2. Meanwhile, other people were reacting, too, and the meta-consciousness that's always hyperactive on Twitter was in full force, as people reacted to other people's reactions, or even their own. 
  3. Here I took a few minutes to watch a recording of Obama's speech, then came back, where all of those tweets were piling up.
  4. What seemed clear to me was that people were tweeting like they always tweet. People were posting links, cracking jokes, documenting where they were, looking for more news, voicing skepticism, getting into arguments, breaking off into side discussions, wondering about the future, and wondering about the appropriateness (or lack therof) or awesomeness (or lack thereof) at how Twitter and its users were, had been, and would continue to work through this moment. 

    It was the full range of typical Twitter behavior, just compressed and nervous. 
  5. You can't be angry -- well, maybe you can be angry, but you shouldn't be surprised -- at media reporters for using a big event to tell media stories, political reporters to tell political stories, sports reporters to tell stories, and so forth. 

    Likewise, you can't be angry -- well, maybe you can be angry, but you shouldn't be surprised -- when people's first response when they're overwhelmed with emotion at a big event is to respond the way that they do at other times that they're overwhelmed with emotion -- or to try to cover up for that emotion, out of nervousness or fear.