The social media platform Twitter played a special role in disseminating information in real time from Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Journalists, athletes, and spectators used tweets to showcase both the high and low points of the Sochi experience.
Because Twitter limits posts to 140 characters (with a bit of leeway given for URLs), the posts from the Olympics have been pithy, engaging, and informative.
Behind the Scenes
From the moment journalists began arriving in Sochi, they shared observations and photos of their questionable hotel accommodations and public facilities. Many of these tweets point out a lack of preparation and inadequate infrastructure for the games. The hashtag #SochiProblems has emerged as a way for Twitter users to join this particular conversation.
Storify has a robust collection of #SochiProblems tweets that include photos of non-private toilets, peach-colored tap water (forcing people to use bottled water to wash their faces), and uncovered manholes on sidewalks. People around the world read and shared these tweets on mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers, causing them …