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Mobile Olympic Dreams


Many people have entertained olympic aspirations at some point in their lives, even if you have relatively no athletic ability. We all imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic athlete in those crucial moments leading up and following those life defining competitions. With the prominence of mobile technology, we are finally getting that taste of world-class competition from a first-hand perspective.

“Athletes are spending a lot more time on their hand-held devices updating followers throughout the day,”
says Canadian athlete Karen Cockburn.

More than 150 Canadian athletes are using Twitter by posting photos and reactions during their events and from the Olympic village in London. London 2012 is being called the first “social games,” as approximately 400 million tweets are being sent out daily, compared to 300 000 during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The sheer number of people tweeting live from their mobile device is disrupting internet service in the area, which has caused issues for broadcasters. Some reported being unable to access racers’ times during cycling events because of service disruptions.

“We don’t want to stop people engaging in this by social media and sending updates, but perhaps they might consider only sending urgent updates,” says Olympic Communication Director Mark Adams.

The UK’s five main mobile carriers are working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to plan out the data requirements to accomodate increased mobile traffic in event areas.

“The demands that will be placed on the networks will be like having four royal weddings per day for 17 consecutive days,” says Stuart Newstead, chair of Mobile Experience group.

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Social media giants fight over web content management on the cloud


In a step towards true integration of social media and content management, Google has announced that it will be including content from its users on Google+ in their search results in an effort to compete with Facebook’s social ads. Although this means a more inclusive and diverse web content search for users, the other social media networks are not too happy – most notably Twitter. They believe these added results will bury search results from their own network.

“We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone,” says Twitter spokesperson Matt Graves. “We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.”

In July 2011, an agreement between Twitter and Google expired, leaving Google’s real-time search engine service in limbo. Now a similar agreement in the future seems to be far off. The problem is, without total integration, the cloud loses some of its sparkle.

The success of the web content management on the cloud depends on a multi-faceted integration of social media, cloud software and document management software. Without cooperation between Twitter, Facebook and Google, we are never going to get the comprehensive searches we all want.

As one blogger put it: “… the more content one can see, the better – and if I could see results from Twitter and Facebook in my social search results, that would give me even more information to work with. Time for the kids to stop the playground spats and figure out a way to make this happen…”

The downside to cooperation? There is none. How could there be in our global world? It’s not just a win-win; it’s a win-win-win-win for all three competitors and us users as well.