COM011 BLOG POST #2
Y es we are. Congratulations Women’s Hockey Team for the 4th consecutive Olympic gold! That was an exciting game yesterday, wasn’t it?! I found out they won through twitter! The video webcast on CBC had a lag!
I was streaming the webcast at work (shh) on one browser window, and another browser with a live twitter feed. It was 6 minutes into overtime, I believe, when I look over to the twitter feed and I see all these tweets “GOAAAAL” and “GOLD” And “Go #TeamCanada”!
“Whaa?” was what I was thinking. I look at my screen and nothing has really happened. Anyway, I was glad.
T he Olympics have really brought out the power of social media.
I think it’s during monumental world happenings where it really shines. Positive ones, especially. I remember NROG’s post on #SochiProblems –– well, that’s still pretty popular and ongoing! Like the recent wolf lurking around the premises… hehe.
For example, I didn’t even see the Virtue and Moir skate routine, but from everyone’s comments – it was apparently a very, very, close call to earning gold. It makes me intrigued to visit a replay of it online. #TeamCanada support is strong.
Little tidbits here and there, “tweets” from social birds a-flown, turned #Sochi2014 into a giant conversational hashtag army, as if the world was all sitting in the Bolshoy arena. Or huddled around one ginormous TV.
For those here taking Social Media as a way to popularize a message, or a campaign:
Taking a look at #Sochi2014, a monumental world event, what of it creates the effectiveness of online discourse? Is it the international unity? The comraderie and excitement of sportsmanship? What are the other events with social media strength at national or international scale?
- Justin Bieber getting arrested
- Rob Ford antics
Are they succesfull because they are positive or funny Pop Culture topics? What about the non-humorous, non-pop sort of subjects like the current devastation in Venezuela and Ukraine? An objective view to the laws being passed under our noses? Or the important information we wish to spread like wildfire? Will they ever have a chance to harness a global hashtag subculture or stir up a social media frenzy? With the multitude important topics – is it possible to have such a big spotlight for all of them?
Would the world come together for those?
ps: Men’s Hockey USA vs Canada in T minus 20 minutes! 😀