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Jul 28 2012

The 2012 Opening Ceremonies, 1 tweet at a time

As a long-time and enthusiastic user of Twitter, I occasionally use it to “live Tweet” big events in real-time … which is basically the cyber version of a play-by-play announcing … in short, frequent 140 character bursts. My Twitter followers know this about me and based on the feedback I receive, they seem to enjoy it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: The Red Arrows make...

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: The Red Arrows make a flypast ahead the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games were the ideal event to “live tweet” because pretty much the entire world was tuned in and tweeting about the exact same thing at the same time … unless you live in the U.S. and had to rely on NBC for your Olympic coverage. Not only did I spoil pretty much every surprise in the ceremony for my American followers, I also pushed my Twitter feed to Facebook where upwards of 75% of my friends and family are physically located in the Lower 48. Oops.

Initially it was an accident. I had been playing around with a new social media app earlier in the day and had inadvertently left the settings in “push your tweets to FB” mode. By the time I figured that out, I had already given away half the plot. But the really weird part was that the “Likes” and positive comments outnumbered the “you’re ruining the show for me because I have to watch it tape-delayed” complaints by more than 2-to-1.

And when I got up this morning, I actually had a few “thank yous” from folks who found the commentary helpful and hilarious once they finally got to watch the spectacle for themselves.

So in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a post-view of the 2012 London Olympiad Opening Ceremony from my twitter feed. For the uninitiated, the “tweets” that start with RT are “re-tweets” of another user’s observation that I found particularly entertaining:

Time to live-tweet the London Opening Ceremonies and cry my way thru the Parade of Nations. https://twitter.com/Shazzer

Oh dear, children’s choirs singing from assorted verdant green hill tops and fields. I’m going to need more Kleenex.

You can never go wrong with lots drums. The same cannot be said for lots of top hats.

Who knew the cast of #DowntonAbbey was so musical!

I read somewhere that parachuting out of a chopper was on HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Bucket List. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Queen Elizabeth II ...

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony on July 27, 2012 in London, England. Athletes, heads of state and dignitaries from around the world have gathered in the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 30th Olympiad. London plays host to the 2012 Olympic Games which will see 26 sports contested by 10,500 athletes over 17 days of competition. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

I’m not sure the theme from the Exorcist was the best musical choice for kicking off the tribute to the NHS. #creepy 

RT @pourmecoffee: Olympic #openingceremonies are on tape delay here in US so they have time to edit out the socialism.

What do you mean Rowan Atkinson wasn’t in the original “Chariots of Fire”?

Okay, I’m pretty sure Austin Powers is going to sashay in at any minute.

Hang on a sec. I thought Al Gore invented the internet. 

RT @EasyLivingMag Boat it like Beckham! 

Here comes the torch run montage, and here comes my next flood of tears.

Parade of Nations time. At least my tear ducts have had a good warm up.

Seems light-coloured skirts and slacks were compulsory for uniforms. I see thousands of stains waiting to happen. 

And Bermuda does not disappoint with red shorts and blue knee-socks!

‏RT @bandaidbachir Anyone wondered how people perform these massive synchronized shows and yet during PE class we can barely make a circle!

Birkina Faso wins the award for uniforms most resembling an English Christmas Cracker.

I’m not sure my Olympic dream would have included entering the stadium for the #OpeningCeremony to the Pet Shop Boys‘ “West End Girls.”

RT @alantlwilson: One or two #olympics teams do seem to have pinched their uniforms off the flight attendants on the way over?

RT @RawahBadrawi Adele sing “We could have had it all” for Egypt’s circuit in #London2012. How telling!

RT @wesstreeting: Yeah. You saw it. The lesbian kiss. When countries present execute gay people you have no idea how important that is….

Thank you, Italy, for allowing your female athletes to wear slacks.

There’s a country named Kiribati? I thought that was a fancy salad ingredient.

‏RT @iboy It’s the #OpeningCeremony of the first global digital social #Olympics. Unless you’re on the 3-hour time delay to the States. WTF?

Olympics on NBC

Olympics on NBC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mexico’s delgation of athletes looks like it just arrived from Mardi Gras. Extremely gay Mardi Gras.

RT @Andy_Staples Way to insult your viewers’ intelligence. RT @NBCOlympics: Check out this exclusive, limited time sneak peek of tonight’s #OpeningCeremony!

Oh dear. Who thought splashing the lower half of the Polish women’s team white skirts with red was a good idea?

Heja Sverige! Looking sporty and summery!

Okay, anyone want to lay bets on how many Americans will be wearing their berets correctly?

USA! USA! USA! Michelle Obama is by far the most fab government rep seen greeting athletes so far.

RT @scottdools The US team are also taking this opportunity to sell cookies to the athletes of other nations.

RT @GARAGE_magazine The US team in Ralph Lauren, you lost me at beret. Uniform envy

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Mariel Zagunis of ...

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Mariel Zagunis of the United States Olympic fencing team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)Time to live-tweet the London Opening Ceremonies and cry my way thru the Parade of Nations. https://twitter.com/Shazzer

RT @LukeDobson Hi Americans. I mainly like you because the Beeb just showed us Michelle.

And here’s the home team … all white with gold lamé collars? I hope there’s no heat lighting in the area.

RT @JonnieMarbLes What a glorious celebration of mankind’s love of drawing arbitrary lines on maps

RT @embee Someone should sleep on the couch tonight for designing Great Britain’s outfit for the procession.

Okay, it’s 1:15 am and I’ve got laundry time in less than 6 hours. Let’s get the cauldron lit already!

RT @kiphakes “London, the city that never stands still.” Wait till everyone piles into Stratford in 30 minutes

RT @mxmelbourne All teams this year have at least one woman: first time in Olympic history. Suffragettes were a good idea, Danny Boyle.

Based on the enthusiasm and emotion in the Queen’s declaration of the Games as open, I’d say it’s WAY past her bedtime.

RT @toddbarnard @NBCOlympics is proud to present, the tape delayed, not live, heavily edited #OpeningCeremony ruined by commercials and banal commentary!

RT @GARAGE_magazine Thomas Heatherwick desgined the cauldron. Petal mystery solved! So so beautiful

Seriously badass fireworks. I think even the Chinese are impressed.

Now Sir Paul McCartney has the entire stadium singing Hey Jude. “Na, na, na, na na na na” is a universal language.

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