SO­CIAL GAMES

Twit­ter of­fers in­stant re­ac­tions

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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.’’

Aus­tralian swim­mer

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.’’

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