The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off June 12. Get your Twitter account in order so you don't miss any of the action. To help you get started, USA TODAY Network offers this cheat sheet on everything you'll need, from whom to follow to which hashtags to use.
Subscribe to team lists:
@TwitterSports, Twitter's account that globally tracks and shares sports-related tweets from players, fans and experts, created lists for countries participating in the tournament so you can follow a whole team easily. Subscribe to your favorite ones or pick and choose players from different lists.
U.S. fans can also check out @USSoccer. They also put together a list of players to make it easy for fans to follow.
Official hashtags for the tournament:
English: #worldcup and #Brazil2014
French: #Brésil2014 and #CM2014
Each team also has official hashtags (For example, the U.S. Men's National Team is using #USMNT) and more hashtags will undoubtedly pop up.
"At every sports event in real time, people start using unique hashtags depending on what's happening in each moment," Lauren Fraser, who works in sports partnerships at Twitter, told USA TODAY Network. "It will be interesting to see what those are as the World Cup unfolds."
Additionally, Twitter is offering the option of hashflags, a feature introduced in 2010, that produces an image of a country's flag after users type in a hashtag with a country code.
Most-followed World Cup teams on Twitter (as of early June):
Brazil @CBF_Futebol (Mexico and Brazil have continually flip-flopped for the top spot)
United States @ussoccer
Most-followed World Cup players on Twitter (as of early June):
Cristiano Ronaldo @cristiano (Portugal)
Neymar @neymarjr (Brazil)
Wayne Rooney @waynerooney (England)
Andrés Iniesta @andresiniesta8 (Spain)
Gerard Piqué @3gerardpique (Spain)
Xabi Alonso @XabiAlonso(Spain)
Most-followed U.S. World Cup players on Twitter (as of early June):
Alejandro Bedoya @AleBedoya17
USA TODAY journalists to follow:
USA TODAY will have complete coverage throughout the tournament. Follow our team for the latest updates:
Mike Foss @themikefoss
Tim McGarry @mcgarrytim
Kelly Whiteside @KellyWhiteside
Nancy Armour @nrarmour
Sure, you may know who won the game, but who won Twitter? After every match, @TwitterSports and @TwitterData will release information about memorable moments from each game and which events got the most tweets per minute.