How Do You Follow the 2012 Olympics? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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polls   How Do You Follow the 2012 Olympics? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you which Twitter desktop client is your favorite 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.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Seems like Twitter’s own desktop client is leading the pack. Twitter must be doing something right with its client!

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Also check out RobertSBoone’s comment from this poll, which was chosen as comment of the week and awarded 150 points!

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?

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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.

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Laga Mahesa

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

Love your logo,very nice indeed.

Joel Lee

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


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

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.


You haven’t missed much

Josh Vogler

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

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


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

Va Du

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

Alan Wade

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

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

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….

Achraf Almouloudi

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



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


There’s an Olympics on?

Luke Brannon

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


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.

Arron Walker

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

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

Jack Giebel

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.

Mark O’Neill

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.


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

Paul Jerarde

Olympics?, What Olympics/

Vipul Jain

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

Andrew Rossaak

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

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

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!

Barbara Salvini

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


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’.

Graham Richardson

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

Yang Yang Li

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

It’s probably a redirect malware at your end. Clear out your browser cache. It could also be a remnant of a previous Trojan infection. Browser redirection is usually one of the side effects of malicious software. This problem remains even after Trojans or fake antivirus are removed from the infected system. No matter what site they search for, users experience a redirection of search results and web pages to affiliated websites.

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.


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.

Aditya Roy

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

Traci Wood

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!

graeme tully

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!

Vampie C.

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.

achyut reddy

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

Joses Lemmuela

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.

Hoku Sarroca

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

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.


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

Yaara Lancet

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