The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social web. The awards ceremony takes place in April in New York City and are livestreamed to a global audience. Previous Shorty Awards ceremonies welcomed Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, Retta, Jerry Seinfeld, Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Gaffigan, Amanda Palmer, Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Natasha Leggero, Sesame Street’s Grover, Ted Leo, Shaquille O’Neal, Stephen Fry, Suze Orman, Rachel Maddow, and William Shatner.
Winners are selected by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences which is comprised of luminaries from advertising, media, entertainment and the internet. The group includes Apple co-founder Steve “The Woz” Wozniak, actor Adam Scott, CMO of Virgin America Luanne Calvert, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, actor and producer Nick Cannon, Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, YouTube Comedy Duo The Fine Bros, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, actress and philanthropist Alyssa Milano, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Among the finalists in various categories are Neil Patrick Harris, Laverne Cox, and Ellen DeGeneres. Oh, and Beyonce. Another finalist in my category is Jason Kottke, who basically invented blogging, so….