Fifa World Cup 2014 began June 12 and fans are already using the awesome Twitter features launched specifically for celebrating the sports event! Twitter has unveiled some exciting new ways to get its users having fun on the network. Try one or all of the social features out as a great way to be a part of the soccer event.
New to Twitter? Get Introduced to Popular Team Accounts
For anyone newly signing up to Twitter during the World Cup, they will be asked if they are interested in the event. And then, if the answer is yes, which team they support. Following that prompt, these newbies will be shown popular team accounts that relate to the supported team. Want the latest news about the team? This is a great way to get it!
For users already registered, they are presented with a question about whether they want to unlock special Fifa Cup features. If answering yes, they are encouraged to follow a list of teams that relate to their indicated favorite team. Adding these lists gives fans ways to see more of what is going on at the soccer matches in their live feeds.
It’s ‘Hashflag’ time
Get used to seeing the word ‘hashflag’ being thrown around by Twitter users during the 2014 World Cup. With the new World Cup feature, when someone on Twitter uses one of the three-letter hashtags for one of the teams, the social media network automatically adds the corresponding flag after the hashtag. What a personalized, colorful addition!
Stay up to the moment on all the action with the #WorldCup hashtag. Type that hashtag into the Search box at the top of the page and keep watching for new updates to show up as they’re posted. For this author, the feed showed 55 new results in less than a minute. Yes, fans are loving using and browsing this hashtag! Spain vs Netherlands
Bing Translate is on for World Cup
As the 2014 World Cup draws fans from around the globe, there’s a number of languages being spoken. Now, Twitter users won’t miss out on anything posted on the network simply because it’s in a language they're not fluent in. That's because Twitter for iOS (iPhone and iPad) now uses Bing Translate to make foreign language Tweets readable.
While the Tweets won't show up in Twitter users’ feeds automatically, people just need to click on the line of interest and they will be offered to “Translate from…” for reading a line in their own language. Simply clicking the translate option brings up the translation. No more communication problems, at least not on the network!