By Nathalie Pierrepont

The biggest social media platforms have been around for previous Olympics, including the Beijing Summer Games of 2008 and the Vancouver Winter Games of 2010. However, some are calling the London Summer Games of 2012 the "Socialympics."

The International Olympic Committee even launched the Olympic Athletes' Hub, a site to connect fans with Olympic athletes, past and present, through Twitter and Facebook (FB) streams, for the coming Games.

"We are at a dawn of a new age of sharing and connecting, and London 2012 will ignite the first conversational Olympic Games [between athletes and fans] thanks to social media platforms and technology," said Alex Huot, head of social media for the IOC, in an email interview with ESPN Playbook.

The 2012 Summer Games is also a first for Apple's (AAPL) iPad. And it's no surprise that a large majority of the near 150 iPad applications relating to the Olympics involve a social media component to engage fans traveling to London, watching from home or tuning into the Games on the go.

With the Games under way, TheStreet recommends these six apps to enhance your spectator experience:

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It’s a big test for the iPad and iPad users alike to get in as much Olympics coverage as possible. I’ve been busy with work this weekend, so I used the Dish Remote Access App to watch live coverage and recorded matches on my DVR. I’ve been able to catch up on primetime showdowns, like last night’s swim relays on my commute to Dish, and saw that the United States won more medals! Now if only we can catch up to the Chinese, that country is all about winning the gold or nothing!

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