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Monday, 30 July 2012

Social Networks Join in Olympic Games

Athletes Take to Twitter

However, for the athletes who are tweeting and posting updates to their social pages during the games, there are some big risks involved.
Just ask Paraskevi Papahristou, a 23-year-old triple-jump athlete from Greece. After making what was considered a racist tweet, she was kicked off her Olympic team on Wednesday.
So far, though, most athletes are having better luck with their social networking.
U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones has more than 172,000 followers on Twitter. And she's keeping them entertained with tweets like this, "Notify Olympics: I can't run. Injury:BroKeN heart RT @LonaPete RT @eonline Prince Harry is off the market! Sorry,ladies".
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, who won 16 Olympic medals in previous Games, has his own Facebook page with nearly 5.5 million "likes," as well as 277,000 followers on Twitter.
The International Olympic Committee realizes how important social networking is this year so it created a social media hub to help fans keep track of their favorite athletes and events. Read More


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