Twitter plays part in London 2012

The first Twitterlympics saw athletes and fans heading online to share their highs - and lows - of the first social media Games.

From delighting in others' successes and marvelling at the weight of this year's hefty gold medals to the crushing disappointment of defeat and astonishment at bad behaviour, the site has been at the forefront of London 2012.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, got the Games rolling during his starring role in the opening ceremony with the words: "This is for everyone #london2012 #oneweb #openingceremony @webfoundation @w3c".

But even before then the hashtag #savethesurprise was being used by artistic director Danny Boyle and tens of thousands of others to encourage fans to keep details of the £27 million extravaganza secret.

As well as winning three gold medals on the track, Usain Bolt set a record on the social networking site too with more than 1,300 tweets a second mentioning the name of the world's fastest man following his 200m final. "Record alert!" Twitter said. "@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM (tweets per minute) for his 200m victory."

And when a bottle-throwing spectator aimed to spoil Bolt's gold medal-winning 100m sprint, one of the most anticipated finals of the Games, Dutch judoka Edith Bosch served up "poetic justice" in the words of Olympics supremo Lord Coe. "A drunken spectator threw a bottle onto the track!" she wrote. "I HAVE BEATEN HIM .... unbelievable".

Cyclist Laura Trott also turned to Twitter when caught on camera kissing team-mate and fellow double Olympic champion Jason Kenny at the women's beach volleyball finals. The 20-year-old wrote: "So yes its out there me and @JasonKenny107 are dating. Been a little while now just didn't want the distraction before the games x."

Away from the sport, police were called in and issued a 17-year-old youth with a harassment warning after Daley was sent a malicious tweet following the defeat in the men's synchronised 10m platform diving.

Switzerland defender Michel Morganella was expelled from the Games for directing an allegedly racist insult at South Koreans, while Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was not even allowed to travel to the Olympics after posting a message which mocked African immigrants.

Tory MP Aiden Burley also found himself at the centre of a Twitter storm after he said the opening ceremony was "leftie multicultural crap" - comments which Prime Minister David Cameron later described as "idiotic".