There have been numerous funny, mostly snarky memes and hashtags trending on the web regarding the Sochi Olympics, the most famous being the Twitter hashtag-turned-account @SochiProblems. However, despite all the problems and controversy surrounding this year’s Olympics, the Games continue to be one of the most talked-about topics on the Web, with an average mention of once every 2 minutes. Social media allows not only news anchors but also spectators and Olympian athletes to blog, tweet, post, and essentially cover all aspects of the event to share with those who couldn’t make it to Sochi this year.
With the Games well underway, here is a round-up of the top 6 social media platforms you can use to stay up-to-speed with the sporting events and the most popular accounts covering the Olympics!
On Facebook: Like these pages to see compelling status and photo posts of the Winter Games on your News Feed.
Sochi 2014 Winter Games – Official page of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
NBC Olympics – Facebook teamed up with NBC Universal to enable NBC to upload video footage of the Sochi Games directly on this page, so you can stream videos straight on your computer.
US Olympic Team – Show your support by liking the official U.S. Olympic Team Committee page, where you can find how the U.S. is doing in the Games.
On Twitter: Similar to our 2012 London Olympics blog post, here are some Twitter handles you can follow for some RT-worthy tweets.
@Sochi2014 – Official Winter Olympics handle with awesome infographs about each day.
@NBCOlympics – This account has some truly memorable Olympic moments.
@USOlympic – If you want to feel a surge of U.S. pride, this account is a good place to go.
Here is also a list of U.S. teams on Twitter, compiled by NPR.
On Instagram: If you want some up-close and personal photos of the athletes and events, follow these accounts.
@Sochi2014 – Official IG page with some really great action shots of the events.
@NBCOlympcs – Highly filtered, super artsy, truly stunning.
@TeamUSA – These photos of ecstatic medal-winning U.S. Olympians will surely put a smile on your face.
On YouTube: Subscribe to these accounts if you want visual confirmation of how impressive these athletes truly are.
Sochi 2014 – As the official channel for the Olympics, here you can find videos of the torch relay and video compilations of past Olympic wins.
NBC Olympics – If you want a closer look at the Olympians and how they train, look at NBC’s channel for some exclusive interviews and clips.
On your smart phone/tablet: Since most people have smart devices nowadays, several developers realized the importance of mobile apps and created some pretty cool apps you can download to get instantaneous Olympic news at your fingertips.
Olympic Athletes’ Hub (iOS and Android) – an app that aggregates social media feed from thousands of athletes, allowing you to discover and follow Olympic-related content across FB, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also create your own custom feed by searching specific keywords (based on team, athlete, or sport) and see what’s trending about Sochi 2014.
Social 2014 Medal Alert (iOS and Android) – If you’re heavily invested in your team and want to know the scores as they come, this is the app for you!
The Olympics (iOS and Android) – Everything you need to or want to know about this year’s Olympics and all past and future Olympics.
Looking for more Sochi news on other social media platforms? Here are the most popular hashtags associated with the Sochi Olympics, from the most to least popular.
Now wherever you are, you can stay up-to-speed with the trending topics from Sochi!