Something big is happening today: The FIFA World Cup!
To get you fully prepared for it, we have written on some of the mobile apps you can download to keep yourself updated with what’s happening.
If that’s not enough and you are a social media junkie and get most of your news there, both Facebook and Twitter has come out with a comprehensive guide on how you can follow the World Cup action from both the platforms.
Follow the World Cup action on Twitter
On the world’s leading microblogging site Twitter, the countdown is well under way to the 2014 @FIFAWorldCup in Brazil, and the conversation is building on Twitter. In fact, there have already been more World Cup-related Tweets this year than during the entire 2010 tournament.
The #WorldCup will happen on the pitch, but also on Twitter, giving people the chance to get closer to the action than ever before. Fans can get real-time updates on Twitter from their favourite teams, players, coaches, journalists, celebrities and fellow fans.
World Cup teams
Thirty of the 32 nations competing in this year’s World Cup have official accounts on Twitter. You can follow all thirty here; this graphic shows the top six most followed teams:
World Cup players
More than 300 of the players from the 32 competing nations are on Twitter, with representatives of all the competing teams having a presence on the platform – follow them here. The top six most followed players at the 2014 World Cup are:
The official hashtags for the 2014 World Cup are #WorldCup and #Brazil2014. Hashtags join conversations together on Twitter, so follow along to keep close to the action, or use them in your own Tweets to join the global conversation.
To be sure you’re receiving the most reliable, up-to-the-minute World Cup news, this selection of verified accounts is a great place to start. You’ll see real-time updates from organisations including:
- @FifaWorldCup – The official source for all things World Cup
- @Fifacom – Follow for news from the international football federation
- @Brazuca – The official match ball
Follow the World Cup action on Facebook
Other than Twitter, you can also follow all the World Cup action on Facebook. Specially for the global event, Facebook is launching a new experience called Trending World Cup and a character called “The Ref”. Like his Page for colorful commentary and updates about the matches.
Trending World Cup is a dedicated hub for fans on Facebook to follow the tournament as it unfolds, and it includes:
- The latest scores and highlights from the matches
- A special feed with real-time posts from friends and updates from relevant players and teams
- An interactive map that shows where fans of some of the top players are located around the world
In addition, starting Thursday, you can share the specific match you’re watching during the World Cup — just tap the smiley icon before you share a post and select “watching.”
The FIFA World Cup 2014 will take place from June 12th to July 13th, with the opening match in Sao Paolo between Brazil and Croatia today. So be sure to tune in with Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on all the action for the 64 matches!
Are you excited? Because we sure are!