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

By ‎@CarlosMoreiraJr‎
Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin this Saturday 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 accounts
The best way to stay close to the Olympics conversation on Twitter is by following the official hashtag, #Rio2016, and these official accounts:

Fans across the globe can share their passion for their favorite teams on Twitter with 207 team emojis. Tweeting with the three-letter country code hashtag will trigger flag emojis for every team, including the Refugee Olympic Team (#ROT).

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

Fans can also trigger over 50 Olympics and sports emojis on Twitter:

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

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

The hashtags that trigger sports emojis, as well as #Rio2016 and #Olympics, are also available in Japanese, Korean, and Arabic. All emojis will be available in the coming days.

Some well known athletes helped spread the emoji message today, including Aussie legend @CathyFreeman:

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

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

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

Through Twitter Amplify, Australian Olympic fans will be able to see video highlights from their favorite events throughout the games. Follow all the action and relive the Game’s biggest moments by following @7Olympics.

Another great way to join the conversation on Twitter is to follow the teams and athletes going to Rio. This list has all the Australian athletes heading to Rio that are on Twitter, while this Twitter list is all the Australian teams that are competing at the Olympics. You can also make sure you don’t miss any breaking news with this list of Australian journalists and photographers covering the Rio Olympics.

If you’re looking for a more global view, this list will connect you with all the athletes on Twitter. Also, tap the Connect tab on Twitter for iOS or Android to see even more Olympics related accounts to follow.

Moments
Just in time for the Games, there is a new Rio 2016 section in Moments and it’s easier than ever to follow along with everything related to your team.

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

You’ll see the option to follow country specific Moments, which will last throughout the Games, so the best of what’s happening with your team will appear in your timeline for the entirety of the Olympics. You can also just opt to follow your favourite sports and events to see these Tweets in your timeline, or catch up on what you missed every day with recap Moments that will highlight results, medal counts and more. Of course, when a Moment that you follow ends, so do the Tweets, leaving your timeline the way it was before. Get ready for the Games and check out the Rio 2016 section in the Moments lightning bolt tab now – all these types of Moments will be available in the coming days.

Periscope and Vine
Periscope and Vine will bring fans closer to the Games as well. Periscope broadcasters sharing videos and titling their broadcasts with hashtags related to the Games will activate a custom heart for the Olympics. Periscope will also have a featured channel featuring great content.

Olympic-related content will be featured in the Explore section on Vine’s mobile apps, and when people double-tap a Vine from @Olympics and various team accounts, they’ll find an Olympic Flame instead of a heart.

Rio
Fans in Rio will also feel the Olympic spirit through Twitter. Tweets from all over the world will be projected live on Rio’s aqueduct Arcos da Lapa.

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

Additionally, a customised tour bus called ‘Twitter Buzz’ will be displaying live Tweets and Periscope broadcasts through its windows in routes around the city, offering free wi-fi to enhance the fan experience.

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

Twitter Data
Ahead of the Games, the conversation on Twitter has been heating up. These are the countries that have seen fans Tweet the most about the Olympics:

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

Here are the most mentioned and anticipated Olympic sports on Twitter:

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

Here are the most mentioned and anticipated Olympic sports on Twitter:

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

Most Tweeted Olympic sport emojis in Australia
Aussies love sport, and the conversations and emoji use on Twitter support this. From soccer to sailing, rugby to rowing, Twitter allows fans to join in the conversation using emojis, and express their joy, anger, frustration, and relief, as they follow along from their couch.

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

@AUSOlympics#oneteam
As the big day gets closer and anticipation builds for the Opening Ceremony, Australian athletes have been eagerly Tweeting their excitement as they arrive in Rio for what they hope will be a golden two weeks.



For all the latest from the Australian Olympic Team follow @AusOlympicTeam and the official team hashtag #OneTeam. For video highlights from The Games follow the official Australian broadcast partner @7Olympics.