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#Rio2016 on Twitter


As we bid farewell to the 2016 #Olympics, we wanted to take a look back at how the event performed live on Twitter. Throughout the #Rio2016 Games, fans around the world turned to Twitter to cheer for thrilling victories, engage with athletes, see highlights, and share in the live experience.

Here’s a summary of how it all unfolded, both globally and for @TeamGB..



We’ve joined forced with The Great British High Street to determine the #BestGBTwitterShop


Follow the Rio 2016 @Olympics on Twitter, Vine and Periscope


The Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin this Friday with the #OpeningCeremony at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and fans around the world can stay close to all of the action on Twitter, Vine and Periscope. Here’s your how-to-follow guide.

Twitter Emojis and key accountsThe best way to stay close to the Olympics conversation on Twitter is by following the official hashtag, #Rio2016, and these official accounts:


Join our summer creative challenge with #FestivalChallengeUK

Are you on that festival vibe? Do you love creating amazing videos online? If so, now is your chance to get noticed with Twitter’s summer creative challenge!

Here’s the deets: from the 15th July - 26th August, you’re invited to join our super exciting new competition to find some of Europe’s finest creative social video talents.


How #EUref played out on Twitter

It was an unprecedented day for UK politics - and the live conversation on Twitter is still roaring.

The intense political debate saw 6.4 million Tweets about the EU Referendum (#EUref) sent from 7am when the polls opened on Thursday, to 10am on Friday as the nation reacted to @David_Cameron’s resignation speech.


Twitter offers enhanced WiFi sign in experience at St Pancras Railway Station.

You can now have access to a longer WiFi connection for free at St Pancras International Railway Station, thanks to a partnership between Twitter and Wifi metropolis (@wifimetropolis), the internet service provider at St Pancras International Railway Station.

Starting today (June 14th), WiFi users at the station will be able to enjoy a faster, simplified, sign in faster experience, and surf the internet for 4 hours for free.


Happy Birthday Your Majesty: Twitter Creates Crown Emoji To Celebrate The #Queenat90

With the UK getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday this weekend, Twitter have created a crown emoji so users can congratulate Her Majesty on the platform.

To share your birthday wishes with Queen Elizabeth II, simply Tweet the following hashtags to trigger the crown emoji:




TfL and Twitter join forces to launch world's first travel Tweet alerts

Twitter and Transport for London and today began piloting a world-first service whereby customers will be automatically alerted of severe delays on key London Underground and TfL rail services as soon as they occur, helping them to avoid disruption.

The innovative pilot, developed exclusively with Twitter, will allow anyone who follows any combination of four existing TfL Twitter feeds (London Overground, TfL Rail, Central line and District line) to be able to opt-in to receive instant notifications about severe disruption.


Launching the #EURef Data Hub


Starting today, a new set of tools are available that enable you to track how the EU referendum is being discussed live on Twitter.

The #EURef Data Hub is a partnership between the Press Association (@PA) and Twitter which is designed to allow anyone to monitor in real-time how the big issues and high profile campaigners are driving discussion.

Check it out here


Coming soon: express even more in 140 characters

Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, videos, hashtags, Vines, and more. In just the past few months we added the ability to poll your community, react quickly and cleverly with GIFs, and share and enjoy Periscope broadcasts in Tweets.