"Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the...Shorty Awards" The New York Times
The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter. These unique awards are for the Twitter community, by the Twitter community. Online voting is public and democratic, culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in 26 official categories as well as those in brand new crowd-sourced ones.
Get your tickets: This year the Shorty Awards will be held at the TheTimesCenter in The New York Times Tower, located in the Times Square area of Manhattan. Tickets on sale now →
About the Process
The second annual Shorty Awards nomination process has begun! In January 2010, the community is invited to nominate Twitter users for excellence over the past year. The awards recognize each content creator's entire body of work, not just an individual tweet. Nominations are made by sending a tweet, whether it's through this site or on Twitter.
In February, the nominees will be narrowed down to six finalists in each category. Winners will be determined by a combination of popular vote and by the members of the new Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences. An awards ceremony, complete with 140-character acceptance speeches, will be held in March in New York City.
The Shorty Awards have been extensively covered by the media. Find out what everyone has been saying. Members of the media can e-mail us directly with any requests for interviews, information, and press passes for the awards ceremony.
Sponsoring the Awards
To learn about opportunities to sponsor the Awards Ceremony or to sponsor specific Shorty categories, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Shorty Awards
The first annual Shorty Awards ceremony took place on February 11, 2009. Read more about the star-studded event and check out videos from the ceremony, hosted by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez with special guests MC Hammer and Gary Vaynerchuk. Winners flew in from around the world and Shaquille O'Neal even made a virtual appearance. You can also view the archived First Annual Shorty Awards website.
The Shorty Awards Team
The Shorty Awards are produced by Sawhorse Media, a company that filters, curates, and makes sense of the real-time Web by creating fun, engaging, and useful products. Sawhorse sites include the directory of Twitter people and lists Listorious, the leading destination for journalists on Twitter Muck Rack, and a network of more than a dozen vertical Twitter sites.
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