Contributed by Jane Putnam
The Sochi Olympics: the Olympians came, we watched… and we tweeted, apparently. In a recent blog post, Twitter revealed the most-tweeted events, the most-mentioned athletes and peak moments on the social network during the two-week Olympic Games.
Any guesses at who takes the gold in most-mentioned athletes via Twitter? Hint: Not a U.S. athlete. While we may dominate in many of the events (go #teamUSA!), our population and its use of Twitter are dwarfed majorly by population-heavy countries like China and India, for example, as well as other countries that are much more active on Twitter. (The U.S. came in eighth out of 10 in a listing of countries that sent the most Tweets, per million population, mentioning the Olympic Games – full listing below.)
1. Mao Asada, Japan
2. Yuna Kim, South Korea (@Yunaaaa)
3. T.J. Oshie, U.S. (@OSH74)
4. Shaun White, U.S. (@shaun_white)
5. Mark McMorris, Canada (@markmcmorris)
6. Akiko Suzuki, Japan (@Mariakko2010)
Countries That Sent the Most Tweets (per million population)
1. South Korea
8. United States
The most-mentioned events? Ice hockey leads the pack, followed by curling, figure skating (my personal favorite!), bobsled and snowboarding. Check out Twitter’s recap blog post here for more stats and findings.
We have just under 900 days left until the Olympic Games return, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But, in the meantime, we have FIFA World Cup coming to Brazil later this year. What do you think, will we see as high of Twitter activity during the World Cup? Tell us in the comments (or tweet us @pennapowers).