IOC blames Olympics broadcasting issues on too much tweeting

Spectators asked to lay off social media during events
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is asking spectators to ‘take it easy’ when texting and tweeting after the men’s road cycling race ran into broadcasting problems.

The IOC states that the issues were due to overloaded mobile networks.

Some broadcasters were left without accurate tracking of riders’ positions due to the cyclists’ GPS units from phoning home.

The IOC is looking into and working to fix the network issues, but has also pleaded for London 2012 visitors to take it easy.

“Of course, if you want to send something, we are not going to say ‘don’t, you can’t do it’, and we would certainly never prevent people. It’s just, if it’s not an urgent, urgent one, please kind of take it easy. We don’t want people to stop engaging in social media but we are asking to see if people can send by other means,” said a spokesman for the IOC.

Twitter received 9.66 million tweets during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, surpassing the total amount of tweets for the 2008 Beijing Games in just 24 hours.

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