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Glasgow 2014: the Sociable Games, both online and offline

It's crazy to consider that we've waited seven years for 11 days of sport - but what an incredible 11 days it's been. Tears, triumphs and Tunnock's teacakes - we've seen it all.

I'm loving the buzz around Glasgow. Although Buchanan Street is never exactly quiet, the bagpipes and banter has ramped up a fair notch.

The transformation of the city with the countdown clock in Central, the statues of 'Clyde' in different guises, helpful signposts for tourists, the Merchant City Festival, the official merchandise pop-up shop at George Square and Glasgow's first attempt at the Boris bike hire has made it that little bit easier for tourists to get around and see what the city has to offer.

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These are deemed the 'friendly Games', and that certainly rings true for me. When I reflect on the Games, the memories are all associated with people. Whether it be the athlete winning gold, the commentator's funny remark, the person I sat next to at Hampden or the tourist I gave directions to - these are the things I'll remember following the Games.

There's been a real social aspect to these Games - offline and online.

Social media has kept us connected over the last week or so. It means you can keep an eye on the medal tally for the track and field, whilst knowing what's happening on the train track and the M8 for getting around the city.

The social media team at Glasgow 2014 also deserve a medal for their huge contribution in the lead-up to and during the Games. They've fully embraced digital media in their communications plan and it's been great to see their website homepage become a real-time medal tally, complete with images and messages from Glasgow 2014 supporters.

They've maximised the beauty of Twitter to share medal announcements, travel updates, video content and Festival 2014 highlights as they happen. They also reveal a 'Clyde-sider of the day' which is a nice touch to acknowledge the generosity shown by so many of the 15,000 volunteers.

The hashtag #bringiton has become synonymous with the Games to capture all the action across social media and Instagram has also played its part in helping to capture and collate the stunning visual moments of the Games across all sporting disciplines.

Glasgow 2014 has also made the most of mobile apps to keep us informed at every moment with their personalised 'My Games' app which shares the latest news, photographs, festival events, and transport information at the touch of a button.

They've also taken into consideration the popularity of the selfie (or 'Commonwelfie' as I heard Gary Lineker say the other night - oh dear) by creating an app which allows you to convert your selfie into an official Glasgow 2014 personalised postcard to send to family and friends direct from your phone - sweet idea for the tourists! And you don't need to buy a stamp. Result.

In a way, rather than being deemed the friendly Games, I think 'the sociable Games' is more fitting, given the full integration of social media into every aspect of the Glasgow 2014.

It's the Scottish mentality. We are sociable. We'll smile at tourists, we'll speak to the stranger next to us and we can somehow start a sing-a-long on a packed train to lighten the mood (there's a YouTube clip out there somewhere if you'd like to see it).

As a nation, we support the underdog and cry alongside them as we hear Flower of Scotland. And as we approach the end of the Games, it's only now that I realise how much I'm going to miss it.

Glasgow, thank you for a truly spectacular Games and for putting my home city on the map. It has been pure dead brilliant.

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