Rio 2016 Olympics: Here’s how you can follow the Games on social media

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games are about to start in two days. Considering we are living in hyper-connected times, the Olympics no longer will be limited to just the TV screens. Tech companies, anticipating the interest that the Rio Olympics will generate, have already got started, planning how you can stay up to date with all the happenings in Rio.

Take a look at all the major deals that have been signed, features that are going to be seen on your favourite social media platforms — Twitter, Vine and Periscope; Facebook and Instagram; Snapchat and Google:

 Rio 2016 Olympics: Here’s how you can follow the Games on social media

Representational image. Reuters

Google: When you search for ‘Olympics’ you will get an in-depth search result at the top of the search page or search app. You can then go to the specific country or sport you are interested in. On the mobile Search app, you will also get an option to get automatic updates on the things you want to be informed about.

Snapchat: There will be a dedicated ‘Rio Olympics Discover’ channel, apart from Live stories, on Snapchat from 4 – 22 August, which will show short clips of sporting action from the Games, as well as behind the scenes footage.

Facebook and Instagram: US television network NBC has partnered with Facebook and Instagram to provide unique Olympics 2016 content to users on these platforms. NBC Olympics and Facebook are working towards a 'Social Command Center' in Rio which will capture Facebook Live content such as interviews with athletes and NBC's Olympic commentators. This partnership will also bring 20 short-form videos to both Facebook and Instagram.

Vine and Periscope: Periscope will have a featured channel for Olympics-related content and Vine will have Olympics-related content in the 'Explore' section on the Vine mobile app. On double-tapping a Vine from an @Olympics handle or team accounts, users will see an Olympic Flame instead of a heart.

Twitter: Twitter has released a list of official hashtags and official Olympics related accounts. #Rio2016 will be the major hashtag and there are four main accounts which users can follow: @Olympics,@OlympicFlame, @Rio2016 and @Rio2016_en.

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Updated Date: Aug 03, 2016 13:48:20 IST