With Twitter only really coming onto the scene in the last two years, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics is the first Olympics to test run the popular social media platform.
Past the most obvious uses, like putting a "follow me on Twitter" on Olympic sponsor and official information sites, techies have come up with some pretty cool ways of using Twitter during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Here's 5 cool Twitter tools I've found for the Olympics:
1. Follow Formation: this cool Twitter tool has been tweaked for the Olympics. Follow Formation helps users find influential Tweeters on a given subject, or in a specific region. The folks at Follow Formation have created an Olympic edition so you can follow the most influential Tweeters on Olympic related subject like, sponsors, journalists, olympians, nightlife, blogger and so on.
2. MSNBC's Twitter Tracker: a visual display of the number of Olympic-related tweets along with a very cool photo cloud of the hottest trends.
3. Now Public's 2010 Twitter Tracker for Top Countries: parses the data by country, so you can follow the latest tweets from your favorite countries, like Team USA, Team Canada or whoever else you might be interested in following. I particularly like the "most shared photos" feature.
4. Canada's Olympians on Twitter Feed: okay, so this is not the most high-tech of Twitter tools, but it is very interesting to sit back and watch the Team Canada athletes tweet away. Really gives you and up close and personal viewpoint of the Games.
5. Huffington Post's Winter Olympics Live page: you couldn't expect to leave this one out could you? Huffington has pulled together a page of influential Tweeters spanning three categories: Olympic media, Olympic athletes and Vancouver locals, so you can stay on top of the latest on-the-ground reports from the Winter Games.
What other cool 2010 Olympic Twitter tools have you found?
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