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Leslie Walker

Bloomberg, Bieber, NASA Win Shortys

By March 28, 2012

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If you missed the fourth annual Shorty Awards in New York on Monday, you can still catch the video replay online.

Shortys are bestowed for the best short form content created for social media such as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook,Quora, Foursquare and YouTube. Nominations are done via tweets, and more than 1.6 million were submitted before finalists were picked across dozens of categories.

Shorty winners in their respective categories this year included:

  • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for Foursquare mayor of the year
  • Justin Bieber (@JustinBierber) as celebrity tweeter
  • Occupy Wall Street New York (@OccupyWallStNYC) for activists using social media.
  • NASA's official Twitter account (@NASA) in the government category
  • The Fake ESPN (@thefakeespn) and Dilma Rousseff (@diimabr) for best fake account on Twitter

Two people won for Quora answer of the year.

Matan Shelomi, an insect expert, won for answering, "If you injure a bug, should you kill it or let it live?" He replied that insects don't really feel pain, so it doesn't much matter, but he wouldn't personally kill an injured bug.

Former police officer Justin Freeman also won for answering, "What's the best way to escape the police in a high-speed car chase? Don't bother, he said, because it will be a losing cause. "No matter the charge or the perceived consequences, never run from the police," he warned.

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