Rio's Christ to light up Twitter's World Cup campaign

Wed Jul 9, 2014 11:12am EDT
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By Esteban Israel

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Rio's iconic Christ statue will be lit up on the eve of Sunday's World Cup final in the colors of each of the finalists' flags with Twitter users to determine which is displayed the longest.

Starting on Wednesday, Twitter Inc users around the world can participate by tweeting the hashtag #ArmsWideOpen followed by the abbreviation of the finalist nations – Germany (GER) and the winner of the match to be played Wednesday between Argentina (ARG) and the Netherlands (NED).

And on Saturday at 7 pm local time (2200 GMT) the imposing statue overlooking Brazil's most famous city will light up with the flag colors for a period of time proportional to votes received.

The final will take place at Rio's Maracanã stadium.

"We will capture the opinions of fans around the world and project them over Rio's Christ," Carlos Moreira Jr, Twitter's director of marking development for Latin America, told Reuters.

The contest is a joint initiative between Twitter and the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro which administers the city landmark.

Twitter and Facebook Inc have seen record traffic during the month-long event ending on Sunday.

With 35.6 million messages, Brazil's traumatic 7-1 defeat to Germany for the first semi-final on Tuesday was the most tweeted sports event ever.   Continued...

Men work on repairs on the Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio de Janeiro June 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes