I Won (Lucky) 13th Place in the Shorty Awards

Some of you know that I wasn’t an immediate adopter of Twitter. I kind of hated it. These days, I’m a big fan. As a writer, it offers two valuable incentives:

  1. It teaches me to edit, and I use every one of those precious 140 characters to its fullest.
  2. It provides instant feedback, and as @morocca said (RT’d 344 times as of this posting) “Re-tweeting is the new applause.”

I’ve gotten jobs through tweeting. I’ve made friends in other countries through tweeting. And on March 3rd, 2010, I won 13th Place in the Shorty Awards category for Journalists through tweeting.

As you can see above, for a blip in time (long enough to take a screengrab, of course), I was briefly in third place, beating MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow! What does any of this mean?

The Shorty Awards are unique awards for the Twitter community, by the Twitter community. Online voting is public and democratic, culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in 26 official categories as well as those in crowd-sourced ones.

Click here to see the results of the Shorty Awards for Journalist. You can see a selection of my favorite votes for me below or click here for the full monty.