Like all obedient locals I watched pretty much all of the London 2012 Olympics from my sofa, because that’s what I’d been told to do by the scary Get Ahead of The Games ads (subtext: stay at home) and This is Your Mayor Speaking announcements at various games-critical tube stations.

When I did venture into central London it was eerily quiet: everyone was in Stratford. Either that or holed up at home, like meerkats who’d spotted a herd of stampeding elephants.

On the middle Sunday we went down to Brixton and got carried along in a sea of green and gold for ten minutes but otherwise everything – Olympic sentiment, patriotic fervour and Jess/Mo/Hoy/Wiggo fever – was experienced by osmosis through the wonderful medium of television and, of course, social media…so how did my “Socialympics” go?

Blogging: I was embarrassed to blog, anything not about medals or sporting prowess seemed irrelevant and unpatriotic. 0/10

Broadcast television: not much during the day because too scared of falling into Rab C Nesbitt style decline but loved the evening highlights – especially the wonderful stuck in an 80s timewarp of the BBC’s Olympics Tonight -Gabby Logan’s cheesy Spandau Ballet jollity and her interesting outfits. 9/10

Radio: not really, not enough Olympics. But the Now Show’s Olympic Specials were funny. 3/10

Mobile: great way to keep in touch with the tennis final via BBC iplayer on the way from Hammersmith to Brixton. And of course essential for 2-screening (with Twitter and Facebook apps) in front of the telly. Not surprisingly, US broadcaster NBC says its tie-ins with Facebook and Twitter were an outstanding success. 8/10

Facebook: turned off Twitter in disgust pretty much as the Opening Ceremony started and tuned into Facebook where I could see what all my IRL friends were saying. It was a bit like when Diana died and I had to listen to Talk Radio rather than Radio Four: Danny Boyle’s ceremony sparked the first of many moments of national unity: I just wanted to see an outpouring of emotion and Twitter didn’t cut it. 8/10

Twitter: Who needs Olympics tickets when you can hang out with Jess, Tom and Mo in your living room? Twitter was essential for latest medal updates. Got completely addicted to @2012TicketAlert but had to unfollow in the end – was like repeatedly buying lottery scratchcards. 7/10

Official London2012 website: designed to drive even the most patient fan insane. Boo! 0/10

So, social media did indeed have a great Olympics with Twitter itself claiming to break its own records. And the concept of 2Screen hitting the mainstream. But for me, I wouldn’t have been without the TV: vicarious fandom at its very best. [Update: the BBC’s Mark Thompson hails these Olympic Games as a massive success, as well as the corporation’s biggest viewing event ever.]  

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