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How the Shorty Awards Work

The Shorty Awards are a worldwide effort to engage hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to identify the best people and organizations on Twitter.


  • To vote, send a tweet like this: I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #category because... (add reason here)
  • You can also send shorter votes like this: #shortyawards @username #category (add quick reason here). This shorter format is helpful if you want to vote from a party, on the road, in a meeting, or on a boat
  • We encourage you to use the voting box on our site because votes made via Twitter.com, Twitter clients or from private accounts may not be counted due to limitations in Twitter Search. Details here on making your vote count
  • Be as creative as you want with the reason
  • A tweet that does not give a reason for the nomination will not be counted
  • The nomination should be relevant to the category, whether it's an official category or a new one
  • Vote for as many different people as you want in as many categories as you want, as often as you want
  • Only one person and one category per tweet
  • Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote
  • You can vote in any of the Official Categories or make up a category of your own. If a new category becomes popular, it might be turned into an Official Category with an award presented at the ceremony in March


  • Twitterers are welcome to campaign and encourage their friends to vote for them
  • Voters must be active Twitter users prior to the start of the competition. Votes originating from new Twitter accounts or accounts used mainly for Shorty Awards voting will automatically be disqualified and will not count toward the rankings
  • We periodically perform audits to make sure our system isn't being gamed. Contact us if you see suspicious activity
  • If you change your Twitter user name, any votes you received under your old user name won't carry over
  • We reserve the right to disqualify nominees that do any of the following: impersonate others, violate trademarks, infringe copyrights, invade privacy, make specific threats of violence, promote illegal activities, spam others, engage in technical abuse, or otherwise violate the friendly spirit of the awards. We are using the Twitter Terms of Service as a guide: http://twitter.com/tos

Winner Selection


  • Anyone with a valid, active, and public Twitter account can nominate any Twitter user for a Shorty Award in any category
  • Nominees are encouraged to take the Shorty Interview to help voters and the Academy get to know them
  • The six users with the highest rank in each official category become finalists
  • In case of a tie, additional finalists will be chosen
  • Nominations end Friday, January 29, 2010 at 11:59:59 pm Pacific time


  • Anyone with an active, valid Twitter account can vote among the finalists in the official categories to influence who wins. In this stage, voting is done with tweets, similar to the nomination stage
  • Members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences will carefully review the finalists' tweets and fill out an anonymous survey with their choices for winners. Academy members are not allowed to vote on categories in which they are finalists or have conflicts of interest
  • To determine the winner in each category, the Academy will combine their own judgment with the outcome of the popular vote


  • Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in New York City to be honored
  • A limited number of tickets will be available to the public
  • To learn more, check out videos from last year or join our mailing list


The Shorty Awards aim to be fair and impartial. We do not count votes that violate the rules. When computing rank, votes are automatically weighted based on a ShortyRank algorithm, which assigns higher values to votes from real, active Twitter users and lower values to votes that come from irregular accounts. This includes accounts that appear to have been created specifically for Shorty Awards voting, that appear to use bots or scripts, issue repetitive, identical, or automatic votes, or exhibit other actions that go against the spirit of the awards. Votes from such sources will be discounted. We encourage users to report any suspicious activity to [email protected].

The Shorty Awards team also performs human reviews of the votes and a final vote audit occurs after each voting round ends.

Vote Auditing

  • The vote counts for each nominee might change as we perform audits and remove votes that do not comply with the official voting rules
  • Votes without unique reasons (including votes ending in 'because...', RTs, and repeated identical votes) still appear but count for much less in determining the rankings. Please encourage people to resubmit these votes
  • Nominations that are not relevant within official categories will be removed. Click on the official category names for descriptions
  • Official categories that do not generate enough relevant candidates, or result in enough interest, will become community categories
  • All decisions relating to vote counts are made at our discretion and are final

Sponsoring the Awards

To learn about opportunities to sponsor the Awards Ceremony or to sponsor specific Shorty categories, send an e-mail to [email protected].

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