The Shorty Award Winners

shortyawardsThe Shorty Awards, the equivlent to the Academy Awards for Twitter users, were held last night at the New York Times Tower in New York City. CNN anchor, Rick Sanchez who was the first main stream journalist who used Twitter as a connection with viewers through his show, hosted the ceremony handing out awards in a total of 28 categories.  The second annual ceremony is held to share “the diverse ways Twitter can be used to create the best real-time short form content.”

William Shatner made a brief appearance via webcam, not only to congratulate the winners, but also share some of his favorite tweets from his new show, which is based off a Twitter account.  Suzi Orman & Facebook’s Marc Zuckenberg also made a video appearance, which was one of the highlights of the night.  All the winners who gave acceptance speeches were limited to 140 characters, the amount of characters Twitter users are restricted to when they tweet.   

Here’s a list of the winners and people you maybe interested in following to look up to:

Advertising: Frank Adman, @FrankAdman
Application:TweetDeck, @TweetDeck
deviantART, @deviantART
Brand (two-way tie): Whole Foods Market, @WholeFoods
                                       Sesame Street, @SesameStreet
Nathan Fillion, @NathanFillion
Cultural Institution (three-way tie):Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, @lewisginter 
                                                                 Reduced Shakespeare Company, @reduced 
                                                                 Poetry Society of America, @Poetry_Society
Customer Service:
Bonnie Smalley, @ComcastBonnie
Smashing Magazine, @smashingmag
Entertainment:TrueBlood HBO, @TrueBloodHBO
Suze Orman, @SuzeOrmanShow
Food:Foodimentary, @Foodimentary
Government: Cory Booker, @CoryBooker
Health:Rachael Dunlop, @DrRachie
Humor (two-way tie):David Thorne, @27bslash6
                                        Mrs. Stephen Fry, @MrsStephenFry
Innovation:Helen Klein Ross’s Betty Draper, @Betty Draper
Journalist (two-way tie):
William Bonner, @realwbonner
                                               Rachel Maddow, @maddow
Literature:Arjun Basu, @arjunbas
Music (two-way tie):Ivete Sangalo, @ivetesangalo
                                       Ted Leo, @tedleo
News:The Diane Rehm Show, @drshow
Nonprofit: To Write Love On Her Arms, @TWLOHA
Politics: The Nation, @thenation
Science:Jen Scheer, @flyingjenny
Sports: Bill Simmons, @sportsguy33
Tech: Mark Watson, @soldierknowsbest
Travel: Paul Smith, @twitchhiker
Weird: The Llama, @DoWhatITellYou
Special Humanitarian Award:Carel Pedre, @carelpedre
Real-Time Photo:Plane in the Hudson” by Janis Krums, @JkRums

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