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Athletes for the 2012 Olympic Games are Free to Tweet

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The Olympic Committee has officially ruled that the athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London will be allowed to tweet and blog, as long as they follow the set guidelines.

They are allowed to write “first-person, diary-type” tweets and post, but may not act as reporters.

The Olympic website explains that they “actively encourage and supports athletes… to take part in ‘social media’ and to post, blog and tweet their experiences,” but caution that athletes “may be withdrawn without notice” if they breach the guidelines.

Athletes are also allowed to upload personal photos, which was banned during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as long as they do not sell or distribute them in any way.

You can read the entire document put out by the IOC here. Do you like this new ruling?

Julie Bonner covers breaking news in several different areas for the BlogWorld Blog. After blogging in a variety of topics, she found her calling in the world of toys and owns ToyXplosion, a site dedicated to all things toys. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter (@juliebonner).


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