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This article was published on December 11, 2008


Twitter gets its Oscars with The Shorty Awards

Twitter gets its Oscars with The Shorty Awards
Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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Ernst-Jan Pfauth

Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

In late January, a fancy-dressed Twitter cult will gather somewhere in New York. They will celebrate their leaders, heroes, idols, and anti-heroes. It all started with The Shorty Awards, a Twitter election organized by Sawhorse Media.

And you know what? It’s actually kinda cool. There’s always an excuse for a party and we, The Next Web, sure love one, or two. Therefore, I’ll now start plugging in a rather shameless way. Here’s what you need to do in order to make The Shorty Awards a ridiculously big success.

Close your eyes, imagine yourself walking down the red carpet in a rather smashing outfit, cheered by hundreds of Twitter babes – while your socks are soaked in champagne. All thanks to this nerdy service that suddenly went mainstream. Are you excited?

(No? Skip to the next article, you’re not part of the hedonistic target group. Click on the picture below.)

Of course you are! Here we go:

  • To nominate someone for a Shorty Award, use form on the Shorty Awards site, or send a tweet similar to this: @shortyawards I nominate @someone in category #news because… (but write something of your own).
  • The text of the tweet is completely up to you. As long as it contains @shortyawards @someone #category you can be as creative with the rest as you like.
  • You actually have to write something. Just submitting the default tweet doesn’t count.

Current nominees include @Charlestrippy, @guykawasaki, and @JoelComm. Nominations close at New Year’s Eve.

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