It’s that time again, the Olympics! The world’s best athletes go head to head in sports ranging from gymnastics (women’s being the most popular Olympic sport), to equestrian, track & field, and even badminton. Millions across the world will be tuning in to see who will come out on top.

As you watch, the desire to blog/tweet/share what you see will become stronger and stronger – especially with great storylines like Michael Phelps chasing history or the American women’s gymnastics team vying for their first gold since 1996! You have to be careful however as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has come out with some incredibly strict, and admittedly confusing, rules regarding social media posting. The official guidelines for social media posting can be found here.

After sifting through the clutter and legal language of the IOC Guidelines we pulled some sections that we found particularly important:

“…postings, blogs or tweets must be in a first-person, diary-type
format and should not be in the role of a journalist – i.e. they must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons, or disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organisation.”

There was one passage that really stood out to us:

“Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and
fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.”
So while you’re cheering on your favorite athletes and the urge to send out a tweet
proclaiming Usain Bolt is still the fastest man in the world strikes you, make sure you brush up on your IOC guidelines!

That being said, we know you’ll be watching and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

In case you weren’t aware, a gold medal has already been given out in London this year – the gold medal for creepiest mascots goes to these guys!

Do you plan on watching the Olympics this year? If so, what’s your favorite sport to watch?

Bonus:  Here’s a video of the US Olympic Swimming Team singing Call Me Maybe: