Athletes participating in the 2012 games are being encouraged to tweet during the competition. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) “the encourages all social media and blogging activity at the Olympic Games as long as it is not for commercial and/or advertising purposes.”
According to the guidelines recently released by the IOC (PDF), “blogs or tweets should 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 organization.”
Participants are not allowed to upload any video or audio of the games, or commercialize, sell, or distribute any photos they take while there. Pictures taken in the Olympic Village can be posted, if everyone in the photo gives permission for its publication and photos of the games themselves can be uploaded as long as they are not for commercial gain.
Violation of these rules could cause a person’s Olympic accreditation to be removed, which would bar them from participating in the games.
Are any of you gearing up for the 2012 games? Would you follow athletes during the games on Twitter?