150m tweets sent out during London 2012

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  • We round up some of the best tweets sent out during the London 2012 Olympics

    Many of us take to Twitter to express our thoughts about current affairs, get in contact with celebrities, or just to tell the world what we’re having for lunch. However, over the last 16 days it appears nothing else has been on our minds but the Olympics.

    During London 2012, over 150million tweets were sent, demonstrating how much the nation and the entire world got behind the Games. In fact more tweets were sent out in one day than in the whole of the Beijing Olympics back in 2008.


    Usain Bolt’s record-breaking win in the 200m became the most tweeted about moment, while Tom Daley became the most popular, gaining 800,000 new followers, the biggest increase for any GB athlete.

    We’ve rounded up our top tweets from the London 2012 Games:

    1. Piers Morgan @piersmorgan
    ‘I’ll donate £1,000 to @GreatOrmondSt for each #TeamGB gold-winning athlete who sings GSTQ.’
    At the start of the games, Piers Morgan vowed to donate £1,000 Great Ormond Street for every British gold winner who sung the National Anthem on the podium.

    2. Bradley Wiggins @bradwiggins
    ‘Well what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages, Thank You everyone it’s been emotional X’
    After Wiggo’s success in the Tour De France, he continued his winning streak, claiming gold in the cycling time trial. We think he deserves to let his hair down. Well, his side-burns maybe.

    3. BBC Sport @bbcsport
    ‘Brownlee family ahead of Mexico, Spain, India, Norway and Greece in the #London2012 medal table #BBC2012 #day11humour’
    A humorous tweet from the BBC highlighting the success of the Brownlee brothers in the triathlon. The brothers were awarded gold and bronze. Their family must be gleaming with pride.

    4. Richard Branson @richardbranson
    ‘Unbelievable Usain! Surely the greatest ever. Congratulations to Jamaica, look forward to celebrating when I’m next there.’
    Branson who has famously worked with Bolt for Virgin Media, expressed his congratulations to the fastest man in history.

    5. David Cameron @Number10gov
    PM: “@Mo_Farah is an Olympic legend and a true British hero. We can all be proud of his extraordinary achievement.”
    After winning both gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m, we’re equally as proud of running sensation Mo Farah.

    6. Matthew Ball @MatthewBallDesign
    ‘Oh dear. My son has left his blue autograph book at the Olympic park. Has anyone found it? Please RT’
    Editorial designer Matthew Ball took to Twitter after his son lost his autograph book at the Olympic Park. After tweeting this message, he received over 2,000 retweets. A heartwarming response from the public.

    7. Philip Schofield @schofe
    ‘So @MittRomney London wasn’t ready? THAT is how you stage an Olympics. And as we say here …. You Sir, are an arse. #mittromney’
    At the end of the closing ceremony, Philip Schofield bit back at Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who previously told NBC there were ‘disconcerting’ signs about the preparations for the Games, questioning London’s capability. We’re behind you, Phil!

    8. Gary Lineker @GaryLineker
    ‘Another Gold for team GB! Oh sorry just a dream.’
    Yesterday morning Gary echoed the thoughts of many, as we all continue to dream the Olympics is still upon us and Team GB are still bringing home the gold medals. Bring on the Paralympics!



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