November 5th, 2008

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And I finally let out the long-held breath

At the beginning of this day, I was optimistic but still nervous about the election.

At the beginning of this day, I had just announced CommYou's alpha, but it had never really been tried seriously.

At the beginning of this day, I was nervous because I didn't know where my mother was.

Now? Mom turns out to have been up in NH, having a good time indulging a political itch that's been largely denied her for decades.

CommYou has gotten its first trial by fire -- while there were certainly warts and glitches, we got a great conversation going in the liveblogging thread: almost 800 messages from a couple dozen people over five hours. (Liveblog use case: check.)

And despite all the nay-saying, and the claims that the polls showed a false picture, in the end the actual election came out almost exactly as expected, with Obama winning a solid enough win to silence worries about a thousand lawsuits tomorrow, and both Obama and McCain delivering strong, gracious speeches to mark the end of the long campaign.

There will be bad days yet. But man -- I have to say that this is the best end I've had for a day in a long, long time...