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Last week we asked you which Twitter desktop client is your favorite Which Is Your Favorite Desktop Twitter Client? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Is Your Favorite Desktop Twitter Client? [MakeUseOf Poll] There are many ways to handle Twitter, one of which is through a desktop client. There’s a wide choice of clients out there, and more keep popping up the more popular Twitter gets. There are... Read More Two of the options got the largest number of votes. Which do you think were the most popular answers?

Out of 240 votes in total, 30% use TweetDeck, 6% use MetroTwit, 5% use Twitter for Mac, 2% use Echofon, and about the same number use Destroy Twitter, Janetter and Seesmic, 12% use another Twitter client (and most of those mentioned HootSuite, which is not technically a desktop client and was therefor not included), a full 28% don’t use a desktop client for Twitter, and 13% don’t use Twitter at all.

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This week’s poll question is: How Do You Follow the 2012 Olympics?

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The 2012 Olympic games have started last week, and it’s the most exciting time for anyone who likes to follow the events. Recent Olympics have seen a steady rise in alternative ways to follow the games. While in the post everyone watched them on TV or listened on the radio, this year more than ever, people are using social media, streaming and apps to follow their favorite sports. What is your favorite way to watch the London 2012 games?

Do you use an app or a website to follow the Olympics? Tell us which. And as usual, tell us of your unique way in case it’s not mentioned as an option.

  1. jkcook
    August 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    You left off the most obvious answer of all--go to London and watch them in person!

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 17, 2012 at 12:54 am

      I thought about it, but was too jealous to include it. :)))

  2. Hoku Sarroca
    August 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    People watch football/basketball /tennis/ when it's in season. I'd rather watch the olympic's where I can pick n choose the sport I want to watch. To eaches own. I'm not a sports fan but this year I did watch, Although it is true that NBC pretty much botched a lot of it. Next year golf? really? IMO it's a really good way to get out of hearing SO much about politic bashing... I get enough of that at commercials and on the news.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 14, 2012 at 4:10 am

      Hear hear! I agree with you completely. No one watches sports because it's important. I love the Olympics, although I barely got to watch it this year.

  3. Joses Lemmuela
    August 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I knew it, most people don't follow olympics at all. For me, because it's something held far abroad and rarely involves my country, except in badminton(which is also my favorite sport), plus there's just that many uninteresting sports(well, to me), I'm too lazy to follow it at all.

  4. achyut reddy
    August 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    i watch it on tv but if i miss it i watch it on

  5. Vampie C.
    August 8, 2012 at 7:28 am

    When I'm home from work, I switch the TV on to wwatch the "live" broadcasting.

    And I watch the evening news to get a heads up on everything that happend during the day.

    I just like to watch it on television, because now we see sports that don't get that much coverage in the normal sport shows.

    The results are not that important for me, I just want to see the games.

  6. graeme tully
    August 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I'm a bit of a sport junkie; I watch on livestream (BBC), live & recorded tv (BBC again) and follow on Twitter.
    It's cost me a fortune in missed working hours!

  7. Traci Wood
    August 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The only Olympic following I've been doing is listening to my co-workers talk. I'm not avoiding them, it's just working out that way!

  8. Aditya Roy
    August 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Mostly i watch olympics on the state owned sports channel for following just my country's performance. Online i use to check the scores.

  9. Yang Yang Li
    August 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    WHAT? Virus when I tried to visit this page. I was redirected to a malaware link [Link Removed]
    MakeUseOf tech guys should check this out. I do not think it is my side because I use IE 9 with MSE which is one of the most secure.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 7, 2012 at 5:15 am

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      I can assure you that there's nothing wrong with this link. As you can see, this is a Poll page and we have so many respondents, without complaints.

    • muotechguy
      August 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

      This is definitely not something from us. I suggest you do a thorough scan of your own PC and stop using such an insecure and non-standards compliant browser.

  10. Graham Richardson
    August 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I tend to follow it live on the Radio while I am at the computer. It does also seem to have taken over so many of the 'friends' on Facebook etc I have ended up following it there too.
    Twitter has been useful whilst at work to catch the headlines during the day time

  11. Malcul
    August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Put simply - I don't, but it is very hard to avoid seeing bits of them. Everyone else's media interests become secondary to the 'five fecking rings'.

  12. Barbara Salvini
    August 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    I am not a sports person, have never been, and will never be one. However, I do watch the national news and one has to watch the sports segment for a few minutes, but i use that time for a potty

  13. Andrew Rossaak
    August 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Use the official iPad Olympic games app and that is good for keeping track of events and medals. Normal TV is limited and so I tried to look at the videos - but the BBC ones don't play in my country. Tried a vpn service (expat shield), but whilst that worked, it messed up my gmail. Will try another vpn when I have time....

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

      You can try Tunnelbear. In one of the above comments, Mark says he uses Tunnelbear to watch BBC streaming outside the UK.

    • Mark O'Neill
      September 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Yes Andrew, subscribe to Tunnelbear. Only $5 a month for unlimited streaming and it works for BBC iPlayer anywhere in the world :-) My British colleague in Australia was in heaven when he found out!

  14. Vipul Jain
    August 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    TV is just a showpiece now.
    Since i'm from India, i have to stream/download all the TV shows i like (yes, against the stereotype, i find Indian TV shows to be full of crap and hate the dramas).
    Watch movies on laptop.
    So sports is the only thing i watch on TV. Be it Olympics or cricket matches or the stupid WWE.. :p

  15. Paul Jerarde
    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Olympics?, What Olympics/

  16. SKK
    August 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Actually i did not like these sports.So i am not following Olympics at all...

  17. Mark O'Neill
    August 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I watch it on BBC iPlayer but since I am outside the UK, I subscribe to a VPN service called Tunnelbear, which was recommended by Erez here on MUO. Tunnelbear is one of the few VPN's that can get around iPlayer's geo-blocking filters.

  18. Jack Giebel
    August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I watch on tv a little, but I mainly use the nbc live extras app, which is awful by the way. I would watch online, but nbc's online streaming will not work for me.

  19. Arron Walker
    August 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I'm generally not a sporty person, but when my country is involved, my patrotism wins out. And being English, this here is the hallmark of it all. I however, will be waiting till we have some retrospective highlights to watch before I see anything. So far, the only thing I've seen is the torch go past the top of the street I grew up on for the first 18 years of my life... and go down the road I took to go everywhere I ever went. To have history made there was inspiring.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Wow, that sounds like quite a thing! I don't like sports much either, but the Olympics is different.

  20. Tienie
    August 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    In South Africa, the free Youtube feed is blocked and it is illegal to watch it over the Internet.

    If you don't have a subscription with DSTV you may not watch it online.

  21. Luke Brannon
    August 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I'm proud to be British but the games are just boring to me, yeah that may sound unpatriotic to our American cousins but it's true I would rather play the sports than watch them, as Laga Mahesa says, it's like watching a guy chase the girl you fancy

  22. Colin
    August 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

    There's an Olympics on?

  23. Achraf Almouloudi
    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 am

    As a big geek I use the new way Ifttt provide to follow what matter to me on Olympics though I do keep a look at TV for special things like Bolt today .

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm


    • Malcul
      August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      As a silvering surfer I have to ask - what the heck is lfttt?

  24. Alan Wade
    August 6, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I dont follow the Olympics because the sports played in it just dont appeal to me. Now if they had F1, Darts and Pool then I might be tempted.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Fair enough. Always thought any sports fan can find something in the Olympics to watch, but they definitely don't have Darts. What about shooting?

      • Alan Wade
        August 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

        Noooo, not shooting. Trouble is with me is that I am not sporty minded, I definately dont watch football! The darts and pool was a long time ago when I lived in England, I enjoyed watching those so that just leaves F1 now....

  25. Va Du
    August 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Mainly on TV. I try to stream online but I don't have the patience when it has to buffers every 5-10 sec.

  26. Josh Vogler
    August 6, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Aren't there WAY more important issues and things to follow than which country can swim the fastest, or throw a rock the farthest. What are we 6 years old?

    • Va Du
      August 6, 2012 at 4:39 am

      The same can be said for wasting some of your time typing a comment about frivolous things.

    • muotechguy
      August 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Agreed. Imagine what could be acheived if the cost of the olympics was ploughed into renewable energy or securing water sources for other nations.

  27. infmom
    August 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Ever since American TV butchered the Seoul Olympics broadcast so they could shove in ads, inane "interviews" and ridiculous clips, I have refused to watch any of the broadcasts. They just don't get it. It's recorded. If they want to stick in an ad they can for pity's sake stop the playback, run the ad, and then pick up where they left off. But they don't.

    NBC replaced a tribute to victims of terrorism in the opening ceremonies with Ryan Seacrest blathering away. Is it any wonder that #NBCfail is one of the hottest trending topics on Twitter?

    I check the results in the next day's newspaper to keep up with what's going on. That's all.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Wow, that's a long grudge! But I do understand why you're angry. Do they still do that on American TV? Don't think I ever watched the Olympics on an America station.

      • jkcook
        August 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

        You haven't missed much

  28. Laga Mahesa
    August 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

    People play sports in order to keep fit and to have fun.

    Watching people play sports is like cheering on the guy who's chasing the girl you fancy. I'd rather do it myself, thank you very much.

    • Barbara Salvini
      August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Love your logo,very nice indeed.

    • Joel Lee
      August 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      I don't follow the Olympics because I don't follow sports in general. I have better things to do with my time, thank you very much! :D

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