Social Media Stars Take a Bow at the 2013 Shorty Awards

Photo Credit: Hilary McHone

Winners took the stage at the fifth annual Shorty Awards in New York last night to accept awards for their creativity and quick thinking on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, and Foursquare.

While many winners accepted their awards in person, a few sent videos that, true to the spirit of the evening, are now on YouTube.

A highlight of the evening was actor Seth Green, who had a heart-to-heart via video with the Shorty award-winning Mars Curiosity Rover. “Is Twitter etiquette the same on Mars?” Green asked.

Replied the Rover, “I’ve sent more than 1,700 tweets and not a single one of them includes a picture of a sandwich.”

(Veronica McGregor represented @MarsCuriosity at last night’s event, while Jason Townsend accepted the award for @NASA.)

The popularity of NASA’s anthropomorphic Twitter account shows that anyone can excel at social media: scientists, journalists, prison inmates (!), celebrities, and all the otherwise unknown writers, photographers, and video creators who know how to make the most out of free internet tools.

On his way to the after party, Sawhorse Media CEO and Shorty Awards co-creator Gregory Galant (@Gregory) commented on how much much the awards ceremony had grown since 2008. Both floors of the Times Center were packed last night!

The winners were chosen from more than 1.8 million tweeted nominations and a little help from the Real-Time Academy, which includes Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and too many others to name here.

And the winners are:

#Activism: AgainstSuicide (@AgainstSuicide)
#Actor: Misha Collins (@MishaCollins)
#Actress (tie): Tara Strong (@TaraStrong); Selena Gomez (@SelenaGomez)
Animated GIF of the Year presented by A&E’s Duck Dynasty: Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg: Kiss Me in Paris – Source: Ann Street Studio
#Apps: Twitter (@Twitter)
#Author: John Green (@RealJohnGreen)
#Band: One Direction (@OneDirection)
#BNCollege Award presented by Barnes & Noble College: WVU Mountaineers (@WestVirginiaU)
#Brazil: Dilma Bolada (@Dilmabr)
#Canada: MattG124 (@MattG124)
#Celebrity: Justin Bieber (@JustinBieber)
#CelebrityFashion (tie): Sophia Abrahao (@SophiaAbrahao); Selena Gomez (@SelenaGomez)
Charity presented by New York Life: Random Acts (@TheRandomActOrg)
#Comedian: Rafinha Bastos (@RafinhaBastos)
#FakeAccount: Prince Charles (@Charles_HRH)
#Fansite: Sherlockology (@Sherlockology) and 1D Updates (@1Dneews)
#Food (tie): Rosanna Pansino (@RosannaPansino); The Kitchenista (@MissAngelaDavis)
#Foursquare Mayor of the Year: Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity)
#Gaming (tie): Monark (@RandonsPlays); PieDiePew (@PewDiePie)
#GIF Maker (tie): T. Kyle MacMahon (@TKyleMac); Ryan Broderick (@RyanPBroderick)
#Government: NASA (@NASA)
#Ireland (tie): Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial); BriBry (@BriBryOnTour)
#Journalist Award presented by Muck Rack: Tim Pool (@Timcast)
#Museum: Emily Graslie (@Ehmee)
#Music (tie): Demetria Lovato (@DDLovato); aoi (@Official_aoi)
#NonHuman: SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover)
#Photography (tie): Mike Lerner (@MikeTakesStills); Jenna Pope (@BatmanWI)
Quora Answer of the Year: Kenyatta Leal
Real-Time Photo of the Year: Hurricane Sandy – Benjamin Lowy
#Science (tie): Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield); AsapSCIENCE (@AsapSCIENCE)
#Singer: Greyson Chance (@GreysonChance)
#WebShow: Bravest Warriors (@BravestWarriors)
#SocialFitness Award presented by Health. Join In.: Cassey Ho (@Blogilates)
#SportsTeam: Pittsburgh Steelers (@Steelers)
#KeepGoodGoing Award presented by New York Life: Kathy Zucker (@KathyZucker)
#Parenting: Carlos Pena (@CarlosPenaSr)
#SmallBusiness Award presented by Cox BLUE: Jawbreaking (@ShopJawbreaking)
Tumblr of the Year: Texts from Hillary
#TVShow: Pretty Little Liars (@ABCFpll)
#UK: Charlie McDonnell (@coollike)
#VideoBlogger: PC Siqueira (@pecesiqueira)
#YouTubeStar: Cauê Moura (@CaueMoura)

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