The London Games – The First Olympics That Will Be Told In 140 Characters (Or Less) [INFOGRAPHIC]

In most things in life, four years is a long time, but it’s a really long time in the world of tech and social media.

At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Twitter had a fraction of the userbase, credibility and mass media absorption that it does today – both in terms of profiles and tweets it’s literally hundreds of times bigger.

Of course, this growth in importance means taking a more serious approach to world events, and that includes the Olympics. For the London Games, Twitter has put together a page providing tips and suggestions for the athletes and other participants, and, come July 27th, the official @Olympics and @London2012 accounts will be guiding you every step of the way.

Yep – it’s all getting very professional indeed.

Even some old favourites are getting in on the act.

(Old, of course, being a very relative term).

We’ve looked before at why this year’s Olympics will be a very social games, but this infographic from Social Media Delivered provides a quick overview of Twitter’s role in the event, including the usernames of some of your favourite athletes – although who @Dwyane might be is anyone’s guess.

(Source: Social Media Delivered. Sports image via Shutterstock.)