Twitter offers instant reactions
THIS year’s summer Games are being hyped as the most social Olympics ever, and the International Olympic Committee has made social engagement a high priority.
The IOC has launched Foursquare check- ins and an Olympic Athletes’ Hub to connect fans with verified Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Some stringent restrictions on what fans and athletes are allowed to post from where during the event, however, has some worried the Olympics won’t be as social as they could be.
American basketballer Lebron
James took time off Twitter during the NBA Playoffs but will likely be much more active during the summer Games.
@ Kingjames: ‘‘ While watching the Draft my son Bryce ask Is Ray Allen gonna play for the Heat. I said I don’t know, I hope so.’’
Stephanie Rice has come under fire before for her brazen honesty on social media but is back with enthusiasm.
@ItsStephRice: ‘‘ Absolutely lovin being in the Olympic Village and seeing so many great athletes. 3 more days till Day 1 . . . Can’t wait to race!!’’
American hurdler Lolo Jones is the standard- bearer for Olympians on Twitter. She’s honest, funny and tweets often.
@lolojones: ‘‘ After races, cant sleep. 2am in Italy, I’d like 2 walk on beach bc that’s how romantic movies start but I wont, bc thats how horror movies end.’’
Australian sprint swimmer
Eamon Sullivan is heading to his third Olympics and more than 25,000 followers but tweets like the Perth restaurant owner that he is.
@ Eamon— Sullivan: ‘‘ Who came up with ‘ weapons of mass destruction’ for the name of our relay team?! Wasn’t us! Anyone have any better names?! # help’’
American basketballer Kevin
Love is one of the NBA’S cleverest players on Twitter. He should be entertaining to follow while he’s in London.
@kevinlove: ‘‘On a day like today you know all athletes are secretly wishing their moms would come by at half time with orange slices and Capri Suns.’’
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will be one of the Olympics’ biggest stars, with a well publicised interest in tech and social media and an Instagram habit.
@usainbolt: ‘‘After a good work session then it’s home to work on my back and abs for the girls lol’’
Danish tennis star Caroline
Wozniacki frequently posts her training and status updates and is particularly active when pro golfer Rory Mcilroy is competing.
@Carowozniacki: ‘‘Good day today! Recovery time in the afternoon. Tried a machine where I was standing 3 min in - 140 degrees c. Feeling great after!’’
Spanish footballer Juan Mata helped Spain to the Euro 2012 title earlier this summer and will look to follow that up with an Olympic championship in August. He tweets in English and Spanish.
@juanmata10: ‘‘We’re in # Glasgow... off to sleep because has been a long day... the first game is closer!! # London2012’’
Australian diver Matthew
Mitcham is one of the Olympic Games’ few high- profile openly gay competitors.
@matthew mitcham: ‘‘They don’t ... Trust me ; D RT @Mimiimfurst: what options do I have ... I’m not sure make- up and wigs would work well in the water.’’