A Canadian First? Tweeting the Olympics

I watched the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic games tonight, or half watched it.  While one half of me was wrapped up in the celebration of aboriginal culture, images of prairie wheat fields,  falling red maple leaves, our music,  our spoken and aerial poetry and the drama of failed olympic torch hydraulics the other half was participating in amusing, cynical, insightful and sometimes inappropriate twitter commentary with a whole lot of people.

It is telling that as the ceremony wound down and as twitter people said their goodnights, several said that the twitter stream was the highlight.  Some didn’t even watch the ceremony but followed the tweet stream instead.  I am not certain that twitter was around during the Beijing Olympics but I am pretty certain that it is the first Twitter winter olympics.  Yay Canada!

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