The Pros and Cons of Social Media

We’ve been documenting the 2012 Summer Olympics briefly here at Redhead Labs. This Tulsa web developer is enthralled by a recent story not involving events on the field, but off. With the advent of social media in our every day lives, it is now even easier to catch up on your favorite athlete, your countries top performers, and all other Olympic events. And therein lies the problem.

Twitter Users Annoyed with NBCTape delays and Twitter have been at the forefront of this weekend’s events, with vocal critics lashing out against NBC. Tape-delaying events has enraged American sports fans, oftentimes spoiling the outcomes on newscasts before they air. Problematic online streaming has angered even more. NBC is learning the hard way that digital freedom comes at a price.

London Summer Olympics Logo 2012

So while the Twitter feeds light up with angry tweets, NBC has realized firsthand the mighty impact of social media. The powers that be at NBC have taken this online lesson to heart, altering their newscasts to reflect the primetime events, and even taking to Twitter to converse with critics and fans alike. Using social media to sift through the good and the bad is a necessity for any large business to succeed in today’s economy.

Olympic Update

The Olympics are into the first week after an exciting weekend of international competition. Team USA women’s soccer and basketball teams both came away from very convincing victories and have matches set for today. The men’s archery squad pulled off a nail-biting semi-finals finish, but were unable to overcome their Italian opponents in the final match. And the women’s gymnastics team captured the gold after a 16-year drought.

As of this writing, the United States  is neck and neck with China at the top of the pack, with 19 medals so far!