Written by:2010/06/15 08:19 AM
World cup fever is here! Everything is abuzz with the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. This year, it is even more prominent as people all over the internet use social media to keep up to date.
The live update nature of Twitter is ideal for this situation. Where live Tweets about the FIFA 2010 Soccer World cup can be realised.
Think back to the last World Cup in Germany 2006. Facebook had a mere 10 million users, Twitter was not even born yet, and YouTube was still privately owned.
Today it is estimated that Twitter has 75 million users who Tweet on average 50 million tweets a day.
With the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, and in the light of Twitters growth and reach means that people every where will be looking to Twitter to get their daily footie updates.
Using live widgets, real-time search, and Top Tweets (updates that are currently catching the attention of many Twitter users) Twitter has put together a special site to capture the spirit of the World Cup. Where they aggregate all the top World Cup tweets with all the games and scores and latest gossip and tweets.
You can connect to players and teams in a new way.
Then there are the world cup fever hash tags. Using special hashtags, you can now look forward to a special treat from twitter. Using the abbreviated name of your favourite team, their flag will now appear in your tweets.
So Tweeting #RSA and #Mex, will give you the two countries flags. Clicking on the flag will take you to Twitters specially prepared page.
Using the hashtag #Worldcup will give you a soccer ball image, clicking that will also take you to the special twitter page with an overall view of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Here are all this years World Cup teams hashtags;
#worldcup #arg #aus #bra #chi #civ #cmr #den #eng #esp #fra #ger #gre #hon #ita #jpn #kor #mex #ned #nga #par #por #prk #rsa #srb #sui #usa
Twitter has also provided a list of suggested accounts to follow during the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup tournament. As well as a World Cup theme for your profile.
But beware, with the great hype of the World Cup, and the millions and millions of Tweets going out, it is not surprising that Twitter finds itself in a bit of a bind. Don’t be frustrated when you find the familiar message, Twitter is over capacity.
Twitter say they are working on it, but as I write this, I cannot get into Twitter. Been trying for the last hour.
Are you following the FIFA 2010 World Cup? Who you supporting?
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