OLYMPICS FANS AND MEDIA GET SOCIAL
25 July 2012
Lausanne, 25th July - Live chats between fans and Olympians, a widget for media websites and a host of new platform integrations are among the latest social media initiatives unveiled by the International Olympic Committee to providing fans and media with new and exciting vehicles with which to experience the Games.
This included the launch of the Olympic Athletes’ Hub, where the Twitter and Facebook streams of past and present Olympians are aggregated for quick and easy reference, allowing users to track top tweets and trending athletes in real time.
Inside the Olympic Village is a new addition to the Hub that offers the public an opportunity to put questions directly to Olympians at the Athletes’ Village in London and receive real-time responses. A different athlete will be featured every day, before and during the Games.
Also new to the Hub is Faces of Olympians, where photos of athletes will appear on a “wall” in what is designed to be one of the most entertaining online photographic chronicles of an Olympic Games edition to date. The IOC, in conjunction with Instagram, will ask Olympians in the Athletes’ Village to pose for photos with their best “Olympic Face,” while fans can join the fun by following a live photo feed of their pictures @facesofolympians. The final product will be a huge photo collage of Olympic faces from London 2012.
Finally, the public can earn a chance to win free tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games when they check-in to off-site venues on Foursquare and unlock a special badge called the “Olympic Ticket.” Olympic fans can also win free tickets starting on July 26 by taking part in a photo contest on the Olympic Facebook page.