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Twittering From Beijing

Our coverage of the Olympics is really ramping up this week, and one way you can follow it is via

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If you haven't used it before, here's how Twitter describes itself:

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool.


The Post/washingtonpost.com has two Olympic Twitter feeds (so far ... ):

1) An overall Olympic feed, which will send out "Tweets" every time Olympic blogs (other than the Sports Smog -- see below) have new posts. That includes the blog you are reading now and Jonathan Newton's photoblog.

Post reporters and columnists have started using the feed, too -- if you're curious what Sally Jenkins is having for lunch or when Barry Svrluga gets to cover judo, well, you might just find out here. The Twitter feed can be found at www.twitter.com/postolympics.

2) A feed from Dan Steinberg, author of the Beijing Sports Smog (a k a the D.C. Sports Bog). All Smog posts will feed in here, but Dan will certainly be happy to let you know what he's doing, too. A sample of his tweets so far:

... heading through customs while showing a disturbing lack of mandarin skillz
... Watching co-workers twitter. considering prawn-flavored potato chips.
... Searching for Irish bar in Beijing showing the skins game.

Dan's Twitter feed can be found at www.twitter.com/dcsportsbog.

You can read twitter feeds on your browser or your mobile device, or have them texted to yous phone/mobile device.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  August 4, 2008; 12:22 AM ET
 
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Comments

Good start, glad to see the Post using some new technology. However Twitter has a 140 character limit (meant to encourage concise microblogs) and it looks like most of your tweets are getting truncated. I would recommend removing the "Heavy Medal" prefix on every tweet, and or editing them individually for the proper length. Good luck and enjoy Beijing!

Posted by: Mike Schiller | August 6, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about removing the prefixes. Headlines are a newspaper thing. ;-)

Posted by: Heather | August 8, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

Heather and Mike (or other readers):

I'm new at this Twitter thing. Thought I should say which Tweet was from which blog (we are feeding our new Olympic blog posts into this automatically as well as letting reporters Tweet). Is that unnecessary?

Open to feedback of all sorts on these feeds.

Jon DeNunzio
Sports editor, washingtonpost.com

Posted by: Jon DeNunzio | August 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

These are great feeds, but there seems to be a whole lot more than just the winners; I was looking for a Twitter feed that only showed medal winners, nothing fancy. I couldn't find one anywhere, so I've put together a Twitter feed that *only* posts medal winners, directly from the Beijing 2008 site, as they happen:

http://twitter.com/olympicmedals

No ads, no linkbacks, just medal winner updates. Enjoy!

Posted by: Jesse Gardner | August 15, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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