logo Shorty Awards: Its like the Oscars but for TwitterIn case you’ve never heard of the Shorty Awards, it’s just like the Oscars but for Twitter and it rewards Twitter users for their entire body of work and brilliant tweets over the last year.

This March, the 3rd annual Shorty Awards will be honouring the Twitter accounts with the most votes from the community.

Twitter users can nominate their favourite Twitter accounts for their best overall 140-character micro-blog posts, it’s not for a single tweet.  As long as you have a Twitter account, you can nominate anyone you like in various categories including tech, actors, journalists and foodies.

Last years event took place at the New York Times Center and was able to gather over 100,000 viewers via Livestream and YouTube. Its winners and special celebrity guests included William Shatner, Stephen Fry and Sesame Street’s Grover.

The 2011 Shorty Award ceremony will be held in New York this March where the academy will announce the winners of each category plus the 140-character acceptance speeches from the winners. Shorty’s academy of judges, call themselves the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences and they’ll be choosing six finalists in each category this February. Alyssa Milano, MC Hammer and the c0-founder of FourSquare, Dennis Crowley, are just a few of the judges this year.

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Separate from the regular Shorties, The Industry Shorty Awards allow companies and marketers enter their brands for doing a great job within the social media space. The Industry Award categories include ‘best use of Twitter in a marketing campaign’ and ‘best brand presence of Twitter / Facebook’. The Industry Award categories unlike the regular Shorty awards, require companies an entry fee of $299 to participate.

Know of someone on Twitter that deserves some props? You have until February 11, 2011 to vote for any Twitter account by going to the site or sending a tweet like the one pasted below.

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