The Olympics have finally begun, and many of us spent the weekend glued to the TV in an effort to follow the athletic meeting of nations. But now the work week has started and withdrawal has set in. Never fear! We have collected some of the best ways to keep up with the Olympics–without too much distraction from work–or to round out your experience if you are lucky enough to be watching during business hours.
First, a look at the London 2012 kick-off, the opening ceremony. The high volume event had so many popular moments, it is hard to choose a favorite. Which ones were most discussed? The following share of voice, drawn from Visible’s® monitoring platform Visible Intelligence®, analyzes the most prominent terms for the night. Not surprisingly, the James Bond scene between the Queen of England and Daniel Craig (it feels ridiculous to even type those names together!) was the most discussed of the evening, followed by discussion around the ceremony’s director Danny Boyle, Rowan Atkinson’s “Mr. Bean” appearance, Paul McCartney’s closing performance, David Beckham’s torch delivery, JK Rowling and Kenneth Branagh.
The opening ceremony was undeniably glorious, but how will we keep Olympics mania going during the work week? Now that the games have truly started, there are many ways to follow along. We recommend the following, but this being the Social Olympics, these are only the tip of the iceberg. We will update this list as new channels develop.
- #Olympics check here for an addictive feed of tweets from athletes, sponsors, commentators and the media. Full of behind-the-scenes pictures, inside jokes, and commentary, so beware of spoilers! To get an idea of the types of things you might find through this feed, check out the coverage The New York Times has devoted to the adorable “GotEm” photo challenge being played out amongst the USA basketball team. Olympic athletes like you have never seen them!
- Twitter Comms: The feed for the Twitter blog, this is a fun way to keep track of official Twitter peaks in conversation. Updated sporadically, it allows followers to find out what subjects twitter users are most vocal about. For now, this is focused on Olympic topics—but it is an interesting thing to follow year round.
- The Olympic Athlete’s Hub: We have covered this in the past–this is the one-stop destination for tracking the social networks of Olympic athletes. A great way to find that obscure sport’s rising star, or that attractive athlete you haven’t gotten enough of.
- London2012: Go here to find the event schedule, medal count, game highlights, and more–best for those in England. Not in London? Beware of spoilers!
- NBC Olympics: Airing schedule and highlights for those in the US as well as the portal to streaming and replays of events. Unfortunately, to enter this portal, you need a cable subscription–but the site is useful to all for the televised schedule and extras.
- Olympic App Rundown: Following the games on your phone has literally never been easier (has it even been possible in previous games?). This article can assist in which App is the best fit for you—although, if you are anything like us, you just get them all!
We will continue to follow the highs and lows of the games as they progress, as well as report the social stats on the biggest moments–so remember to keep checking in. Go sports!