Either for better or worse, it has changed over what happened to be in Beijing four years ago. Where the Jamaican mega-star Usain Bolt tweeted about his craving for chicken, the American hurdler Lolo Jones revealed she’s a virgin. The social network is now at the fingertips of 140 million users and there happened to be more than 10 million tweets mentioning the Olympics during the first few days of the games.
But there is lot more to the crunchier tweets; where abusive tweets became the energy intake for many players; the fans pushed with their threatening tweets.
Here are some samples:
–swiss player Michel Morganella commented after Switzerland lost to South Korea: South Koreans can go burn and referred to them as a bunch of mongoloids.
–a fan arrested Tuesday after a series of threatening posts, including one in which he vowed to drown a British diver, and another in which he told the athlete he had failed his dead father by not winning.
–women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo launched a Twitter outburst against Brandi Chastain, the former American soccer player who is now an analyst on NBC. “Its 2 bad we can’t have commentators who better represents the team&knows more about the game,” Solo wrote.
–Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou tweeted “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!” However, kicked out of the Olympics two days before the official opening after he tweet mocking African immigrants.
–an athletes’ Twitter campaign objecting to sponsorship restrictions that went viral under the hashtag “WeDemandChange.”
It is not that everything is negative on Twitter. Far from it, many tweets also urged athletes on, celebrated their achievements, commiserated with them when things go bad, and shared their triumphs.
When 17-year-old swimming sensation Missy Franklin won her first gold medal, she got a tweet from teen sensation Justin Bieber telling her he was a fan.
“I just died!” Franklin tweeted back. “Thankyou!”