7 Ways to Keep Tabs on the World Cup From Work

If you keep the "World Cup" results page open in your browser, Peggs said, it will constantly update itself with the newest content.

Just for the World Cup, he said, OneRiot created a Twitter account, @WorldCupPulse, that aggregates the freshest content from around the Web. And he said the company created dedicated World Cup widgets for Google and Yahoo that sit on users' personalized home pages.

Twitter

Twitter also is primed to keep you connected to World Cup action.

The micro-blogging service launched a dedicated World Cup site that aggregates top tweets about all matches and easily filters them by match and team.

Covered with flags that link to tweets about the associated team, the colorful site is easy to navigate and comprehensive. It also includes a "What's happening?" button, which drives to live tweets about games in progress.

If you'd rather use your own Twitter tools to keep track of game-related tweets, popular World Cup hashtags are #worldcup and #WC2010.

Support Your Team, Get Competitive on Facebook

Mobile Applications

If your job keeps you on your feet and away from the computer, you still can keep up with the matches from your phone.

In addition to its paid application, ESPN offers a free iPhone app that doesn't feature live video but offers almost everything else. A full schedule keeps you focused on the action and it lets you choose your favorite team so that you can monitor its progress. It also includes bios and stats on every player on each of the 32 teams.

The most downloaded paid World Cup app is Infindo Technology's 2010 World Cup South Africa. For 99 cents, it offers the standard features, as well as quotes, historical data and countdowns to upcoming matches.

The Associated Press also offers a free iPhone and Android applications that feature a schedule, game stats, news and video.

Goal.com, a site for soccer fans, offers applications for iPhone and Android users that include schedules, game states, breaking news and live scores.

Facebook

If you're feeling particularly competitive, head over to Facebook's Goal! Leaderboard, which tracks the "passion of football fans."

The application, which is on the Sports on Facebook page, ranks each of teams competing in the World Cup based on a "Passion Index," which is equal to the total number of the team's "Likes" divided by the Internet population of the country it represents.

With an Internet population of 8.3 million and 406,123 "Likes," Chile was at the top of the list late Thursday afternoon.

If you want to help out your team, you can "Like" it or "Share" it directly from the Leaderboard's page.

Fans also can share links (or trash talk) at the FIFA World Cup 2010 Facebook page.

Google

With Google Maps, you can pretend you're strolling by Soccer City in Johannesburg or the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durham.

To bring the action closer to you, Google added new 360-degree Street View imagery for South Africa, including photographs of seven of the country's new soccer stadiums.

You also can fly over Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and other South African cities with Google Earth and explore the host cities and stadiums in 3D.

If you're stateside and want to find a neighborhood joint to watch the match with friends and fans, head to Google Maps and search for a special football icon. Tens of thousands of businesses around the world have marked themselves as dedicated football viewing locations.

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