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Olympic Committee Apparently Determined to Suck the Fun out of Twitter

Pretty sure if we actually use an image of the Olympics, we're getting sued. (Photo:

The Olympics don’t get going for another month, but it’s looking like the games may already be headed for a bruising run-in with the Internet. ReadWriteWeb has found the International Olympic Committee’s social media guidelines for participants and boy, this does not sound like a great strategy for pulling off the first “socialympics.”

Blog posts and tweets are deemed “entirely acceptable.”  However! They must be in “a first-person, diary-type format and should not be in the role of a journalist.” That mean that they are not allowed to “comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons.” Isn’t minding other people’s business, like, Twitter’s primary use case?

It also sounds like the Committee may very well frown on fun? The rules continue: Read More