Archive for July 12th, 2012
Well, it seems that the London Olympic Games are only a couple of short weeks away now.
As we get closer and closer to the lighting of the London 2012 Olympic torch, we will also start to see lines get drawn in the digital and social sand, as this will likely be the most “social” Olympic Games ever.
There will be lots to juxtapose in this year’s games in London with those of Beijing in 2008.
Most notably, the fact that we won’t have a 12 hour delay by the broadcast networks. Instead, NBC has already indicated that they will show many of the events live. American GDP could swoon to a new low in these London Olympic summer games!
If you’re looking for a place to follow the games, there will be no shortage of television and digital opportunities. Just this week, Facebook and NBC announced a collaboration for “transmedia” coverage of the London Olympic Games.
In that deal, data from Facebook will inform TV coverage on NBC and other channels that will carry portions of the Summer Games starting on July 27, according to The New York Times. The specific uses will vary, says the Times, but there will be a “Facebook Talk Meter” occasionally shown on TV to reflect what is being said online.
Conversely, on Facebook the NBC Olympics page will get frequent updates with what the companies call “exclusive content” for fans only. Fans will then be able to share what videos and articles they’re perusing on the network’s Olympics website.
It’s hard to believe that in only 4 short years, Facebook has grown from 100 million users, the number they were at during the Beijing Olympic Games, to over 900 million. There’s no question this will be a much more social Olympics, but let’s also not forget the projected TV audience is 4 billion (In Beijing, the global TV audience was estimated at 4.4 billion.)
Speaking of China, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) castigated the U.S. Olympic Committee for its decision to have the U.S. Olympics team dressed in Ralph Lauren-designed berets, blazers and pants that were manufactured in China even as the U.S. textile industry struggles to keep U.S. workers at their sewing machines.
Maybe they should introduce sewing into the Olympics as an official sport and we can have ourselves a “sew-off?”
I recently did some Olympic scouting of my own, looking for Websites and mobile apps to help make sure I keep up with the Virtual Joneses during the London sports festouche. Here’s a few of them I unearthed:
- The official London Olympics Web site — http://www.london2012.com
- Olympic Movement Website — http://www.olympic.org
- BBC Olympics — http://www.bbc.co.uk/2012/
- U.S. Coverage, NBC: http://www.nbcolympics.com
I also found an interesting app for the iPad, the “Ultimate Olympic Guide,” which cost me a whopping $.99 and provided some nice background and overviews of each of the Olympic sports.
Feel free to add any other useful London Olympics resources in the comments section below.
Written by turbotodd
July 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm