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The Coast Halifax was nominated for a Shorty Award!

The Coast: Halifax's weekly newspaper, featuring news and arts reporting. Our reporter Tim Bousquet's live-blogging of Halifax city council meetings via Twitter-- which is at the same time irreverent, witty and informative-- has brought unprecedented interest and citizen engagement to municipal affairs. The Twitter live-blogging is "the best thing on Twitter" (@kempthead), " ground breaking" (@wlach), "transcends the mind-numbing pettiness of local government" (@Chris Jones), and "makes me want to be informed about municipal politics" (@Rob MacArthur). Other reporters post links and commentary on the local arts scene, and we use Twitter for prize give-aways as well. twitcoast has become a forum for discussion of local issues on many fronts.

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The Coast Halifax (TwitCoast on Twitter) was nominated for a Shorty Award(You can still submit a vote for fun, but the actual contest is over)

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Andrew MacKinnon
Andrew MacKinnon I recommend @TwitCoast in the Shorty Award category #news because...it is better than Bret Hart.
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Wordpress Hosts I recommend @TwitCoast in the Shorty Award category #news because...they keep me up to date on the goings ons in Hali
Carolyn
Carolyn I recommend @TwitCoast in the Shorty Award category #news because...they keep me up to date on the goings ons in Hali
Sara Brodie Gillis
Sara Brodie Gillis I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because there is no better source for municipal politics & goings-on
Sharon Fraser
Sharon Fraser I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because he makes municipal politics interesting ... and so funny.
Natalie Joan
Natalie Joan I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because they make local news accessible and interesting.
MMacc
MMacc I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because they point out the obvious when council can/will not.
Brad Fougere
Brad Fougere I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because Tim is the only one publicly talking "old boys club" re: #sports #halifax
Nicola @ Remedy Spa
Nicola @ Remedy Spa I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because they keep it interesting & informative in only 140 Characters
Gromit
Gromit I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because...it provides timely news, incisive questions and saucy humor
Trish McCourt
Trish McCourt I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because they offer an interesting perspective
Cheryl
Cheryl I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because...they make council palatable. Like pate!
Laura MacKenzie
Laura MacKenzie I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because...they mix municipal awareness with drinking.
Eric Lortie
Eric Lortie I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because no other news agency would promote citycouncil drinking games
Gordon Thomson
Gordon Thomson I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because... Sue Uteck would want me to.
Pam Sword
Pam Sword I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because they put the mint in governmint. Politics made EZ to swallow!
Corey Moore
Corey Moore I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because no one else could make council that entertaining.
Charlene Boyce
Charlene Boyce I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because without his updates I'd have no clue what council's rly up to
Libby Spencer
Libby Spencer I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because... they believe in climate change.
Stephanie Robertson
Stephanie Robertson I vote for @TwitCoast for a Shorty Award in #news because I <3 Halifax. and I have not even moved there yet!
The Shorty Interview
with The Coast Halifax
What's your best tweet?
Recall Sue Uteck's dissing of Coast reporter: "This is a guy that just Twitters constantly and doesn't pay attention." http://bit.ly/7fBocB
What are six things you could never do without?
Fingers.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
We are a weekly paper and we live-blog Halifax city council meetings. It's a blend of hard news, commentary and, er, interpretations.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Whatever.
Twitter or Facebook?
For news coverage Twitter, definitely. But our Facebook fan page does well, too.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
#metrotransitslogancontest
What feature should Twitter add?
None. Keep it simple.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Man, you've got a lot of questions.
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
"Kelly, you dope," "waves hands, speaks in Latin," "stakeholder," "I don't understand."
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
@MayorPeterKelly
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
@PDuffysGhost for fear of being attacked.
Why should we vote for you?
We are the first and only people in Halifax, NS live tweeting city politics.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Disestablishmentarianism. TaxReform.
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
A bunch of @Halifaxchicks asked me where I would be spending Happy Hour, so they could go somewhere else.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#Halibitch
How do you make your tweets unique?
We try to make an inherently boring topics -like council meetings- interesting by bringing humour and surrealism to them.
What inspires you to tweet?
Alcohol.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes, every time I tweet. Constantly. Repeatedly. But the people, they always come back to us.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Don't eat the yellow snow. And follow us first, cause we'll follow you.
How long can you go without a tweet?
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
What question are we not asking here that we should?
How can Twitter be used in new and innovative ways?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
@FakeAPStylebook
Why'd you start tweeting?
To stay awake during council meetings.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yes. I am now showered with offers of sexual favours. Also, Sue Uteck doesn't buy me drinks.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Provide snacks.
How will the world change in 2010?
People will get very, very serious, important people will think up more bullshit phrases, and everything will go to hell. Also.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Everything is acceptable on Twitter.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
Somalia, but bigger.