Friday, July 27, 2012
Never before have fans had such direct access to the Games, from athletes to fellow supporters, commentators and celebrities. In fact, there were more Tweets in a single day last week than during the entire 2008 Beijing Games. With the Opening Ceremony just hours away, we have already seen athletes talking to fellow competitors, sharing behind-the-scenes perspectives, answering questions and responding to good luck messages on Twitter.
More than 60% of @TeamGB's 542 competing athletes are on Twitter (check out the full list here), and we now have more than 140 million active users worldwide, 10 million of them right here in the UK.
Over the next few weeks we hope to highlight great examples of Twitter bringing people closer, and would love to hear your experiences as well. Here's our pick of the crop from today:
Team GB cyclist @MarkCavendish is one of Britain's biggest medal hopes for the Games. He's up tomorrow, and feeling the pressure:
I am nervous.— Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 27, 2012
And he's not the only one. It looks like @GaryLineker has got a case of the nerves too, and he's not even competing:
Unusually nervous this morning. Dreamt my words wouldn't come out during the opening ceremony. Most of you would probably prefer that way— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 27, 2012
Anticipation is building ahead of Danny Boyle's Opening Ceremony extravaganza, which kicks off tonight. Coming from a man responsible for films like Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, no one is quite sure what to expect. And smart use of the #savethesurprise hashtag at the dress rehearsal means that the secrets of the show have remained under wraps until tonight's big reveal. The suspense is killing us!
William, Kate and Harry are all huge sports fans - and @ClarenceHouse took to Twitter today to share this picture of the Olympic flame as it passed by Buckingham Palace:
Never one to shy away from the spotlight, Jamaican sprinter @UsainBolt tweeted this amazing pic of his face projected onto the Houses of Parliament.
It's a good look instagr.am/p/Njma3focUa/— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) July 26, 2012
Team GB's diving team were hanging out with the London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) down at the Olympic park today - and here's a sneaky pic:
@MayorofLondon Boris Johnson used Twitter to take his followers behind the scenes at yesterday's Hyde Park event - spine tingling stuff:
Incredible evening in Hyde Park with the Flame on the eve of the Olympics. Fantastic crowd, memorable moment. twitter.com/MayorofLondon/…— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) July 26, 2012
If you're a @TeamGB fan, here are a few things to watch out for tomorrow on Twitter:
- Men's road cycling - follow @MarkCavendish and @BradWiggins
- Equestrian - follow William Fox-Pitt @foxpitteventing
- Women's beach volleyball - follow Zara Dampney @zara_dampney
- Women's football - follow Kelly Smith @kjs8eng
Finally, don't forget, from 9pm tonight and for every night of the Games, @TheLondonEye will be lit up to reflect positive and negative sentiment about the Games, sourced from Twitter. Get involved by using the hashtag #Energy2012.
--Lewis Wiltshire, @LewisWiltshire