What’s Trending Now: Twitter and the 2012 Olympics
Monday, July 30th, 2012
Somewhere in the Internet ether, Twitter has gone wrong. Forbes reports that many popular athletes and politicians are tweeting and getting in trouble.
For instance, NBC and NBC Olympics have been live-tweeting open events not shown live, much to the anger of several Twitter-savvy viewers. Fans fanatical enough to find their favorite athlete are sometimes greeted with and angry tweet or worse. One USA Today article stipulates the tweet: “I am honored to be an Olympian, but #WeDemandChange2012″ tweeted by several Olympic athletes was in response to what they feel is an unfair rule.
Worse yet is the poor sportsmanship made public via Twitter. Another tweet from 23 year old Voula Papachristou, a Greek Olympian, got her taken off the Greek Summer Olympic Team when she posted “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting homemade food!!!” Based on the racist comment alone, this was said to go against Olympic ideals.
Negative tweets come and go, but in spite of one poor tweet there’s a thousand more tweets from fans showing their excitement under #Olympics. While negative tweets are posted in what Forbes dubs the “Twitter Games,” many Olympic fans are ignoring the bad and focusing on the excitement of the London Olympics.
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