The Sochi Winter Olympics and Social Media

9:30 PM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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Whether it was Olympic bobsleder's crashing through doors, or Olympic rings failing to open, these 2014 Winter games have been all a 'twitter' ((WINK)) on social media. 

Let's start with spoilers. With the time delay, some folks want to see the Olympics as they are broadcast in prime time, how can the do that with social media live tweeting out events?

There are a few apps out there to help you avoid the spoilers. The NYTimes reviewed a couple and found that "Spoiler Shield" will allow you to surf both Twitter and Facebook without seeing anything that will ruin the games, but you'll have to go into the settings to tweak it for what exactly you don't want spoiled. That's available for both Apple and Android phonesThere has been a lot made of how rough the ski conditions have been in Sochi, and many skiers have been falling and getting injured, while that itself isn't funny, adding a bit of Star Wars to any fall does make it a bit more awesome. 

And the other choice they suggest is an app called "Bloko" it does Facebook and Twitter, but also adds on ESPN, Yahoo Sports, and the official Olympic website on any apple device. It also allows you to get more detailed in case you just want to avoid spoilers of one sport. 

NBC Offers up what they call the Live Extra App,  it's a free download and will allow you to watch anything in real time. The trick is you must have a certain cable package from your cable or satellite provider to enable this. There are a few steps they will walk you through to get itsetup. It is easier than the last Olympic games. 

At the start of these games there were a number of journalist who were tweeting and Facebooking about the conditions of their hotel rooms and the overall unfinished nature in Sochi. While everyone has probably seen most of them by now, you say beware of the fakes?

Some of these images are all too believable based on what we've seen tweeted so far in the last week or more. Gizmodo has been on top of this one and has been collecting a list of the fake Sochi tweets and images to help us spot the frauds. The first one that really comes to mind is the half bathroom, half toilet image, and then there was a lot made of the brown water, one person posted the brown water coming out a faucet, that is also fake. Not only are some of these images fake, but also dated too. They've been posted from years past and are in some cases from other parts of the world.

One of the big missteps at the beginning of these games was the Olympic ring failed to open during the opening ceremonies. There was an Internet rumor last weekend saying that the man responsible was found dead the next day, you say also false?

Yes, this was a joke started by a parody news organization. Many folks are familiar with the Onion, well this was a lesser-known group called The Daily Currant, and again they are a satirical website. He is very much still alive.

There has been a lot made of how rough the ski conditions have been in Sochi, and many skiers have been falling and getting injured, while that itself isn't funny, adding a bit of Star Wars to any fall does make it a bit more awesome

Someone has started a Tumblr called the Shoshi Games, the character's name from Girls is Shonsanna and someone has decided to photshop her into what has been some incredible images from the Sochi games. There have been some very funny versions and have been very popular on Twitter, somehow she does seem to fit right into each scene perfectly.

Both the NBC Olympics account and the Team USA account have been following the athletes behind the scenes of the games and there are simply some incredible images here. These are real treats for anyone on Instagram, and worry not. If you are not an Instagram user you can still check these amazing photos out from our Facebook page.

Silver medal winner Gus Kenworthy has been taking in many of the stray dogs and has been tweeting out pictures ofthem. He says he couldn't sit back and do nothing so he is trying to take as many of them home with him that he can. He has already setup kennel and vaccinations appointments for them when he gets back. So if you want to know more about how the dogs are doing, follow him on Twitter.


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