* The Twitter Olympics (2012-Aug-01) [ABC News]
Technology has been a driver of fantastic change at the Olympics – slow motion, electronic timing, sports science – but the arrival of social media at the world’s premier event is also exposing its pitfalls. …
Our approach to Trust & Safety and private information (2012-Jul-31) [Twitter Blog]
… That said, we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. Our Trust and Safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other. … #NBCFail #TwitterFail
Olympic Cycling Broadcasts:
* BBC unhappy at Olympic Broadcasting Services over cycling coverage (2012-Jul-28) [The Guardian]
In a statement released shortly after Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Vinokourov crossed the line first on the Mall, the BBC placed the blame squarely with Olympic Broadcasting Services, which provides pictures to broadcasters around the world.
OBS, embroiled in controversy last week when it emerged that it had clashed with the company hired by Danny Boyle to produce his opening ceremony, in turn passed the blame to London 2012 organisers.
A BBC spokesman said: “We have raised our concerns with OBS who have explained that there were GPS problems with the Locog-supplied timing graphics, which resulted in a lack of information for the commentary teams.
* Olympics Fans Asked to Kindly Stop Tweeting So Damn Much (2012-Jul-29) [Gizmodo]
Commentators on Saturday’s men’s cycling road race were unable to tell viewers how far the leaders were ahead of the chasing pack because data could not get through from the GPS satellite navigation system travelling with the cyclists.
So ‘competent television coverage’ is using GSM instead of having reserved private data channels? Sound an awful lot like a lack of adequate planning to me.
* Olympics Officials Ask Londoners to Go Easy Tweeting and Texting (2012-Jul-30) [The Next Web]
Something from Bandcamp: