The 2012 Olympics are here and I’ve got the Olympic fever. If the TV is on at my house, we are watching whatever Olympic sport is on at the time. When I can’t watch the Olympics on TV, I go online to keep tabs on what’s going on.
London 2012 Results App
My go to app is the London 2012 Results App (free, iTunes & Google Play). I’ve got it on my iPad and Android phone and I can see the events schedule, track results, follow athletes, and my personal favorite, keep tabs on the medal count. I’ve even setup push notifications to let me know when USA earns a medal, the daily USA summary, and daily medal summary for all countries.
NBC has exclusive rights to broadcast the Olympics in the United States, so we rely on NBC to show as many events as possible. Our cable provider currently has 7 channels dedicated to the Olympics. Check your local listings and set your DVR if you are so inclined. We actually dropped DVR at our house about a month ago and there’s been a few moments where it would have been nice to rewind, but for the most part we haven’t missed it at all.
You can also download the NBC Olympics Live and Live Extra apps to follow the games and watch clips on your preferred device. I haven’t done too much exploring on either app but I can see using the Live Extra app to catch up on events I missed. (You can only use the Live Extra app to watch live events if you sign in with your cable provider account. If you don’t have cable, then this app isn’t going to work well for you.)
Twitter, the Olympics, and the time zone differences can be tricky. If you want to wait and see the results as you watch it on TV, don’t get on Twitter unless you want to see a spoiler.
Another way to follow your favorite Olympians on Twitter is to create a list. Lists are a great way to follow a group of Twitter accounts. You can create your own lists or follow lists other people have created. I like using lists because I can follow someone on via Twitter list without following them and their tweets showing up in my main Twitter feed. And since they aren’t in my main Twitter feed, I don’t see any spoilers.
I’ve got a Twitter list started that I’m trying to add to as I can. You can check it out here and follow if you want.
How do you follow the 2012 Olympics? Do you use an app or Twitter? Or do you avoid social media completely until you’ve had a chance to watch the competition?
What’s your favorite Olympic sport and favorite Olympic athlete? Let us know in the comments!
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