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@THON Named Shorty Award Finalist

The finalists for the Shorty Awards were announced last night and THON has made it into the final six in the Charity category. The Shorty Awards is an international competition that aims to recognize the best content producers on Twitter and social media. The New York Times is quoted as saying “Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the… Shorty Awards.”

The finalists were chosen based on nominations made by fans on Twitter, specific to a category. THON finished 4th during the nominations in the “Charity” category, with 690 votes. The Trevor Project finished in 1st place with 1592 votes, followed by Justin Bieber (yeah… I don’t know) with 1187 votes, and Echelon House with 764. The category winner will be chosen from the final six and will take into consideration the number of votes, the reasons given in nominations, and the content of the finalists’ tweets.

Selections will be made by the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences. The Academy “exists to discover the best and most innovative uses of real-time media,” and is made up of new media notables, including Dennis Crowley (CEO of foursquare), Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), and David Pogue (New York Times columnist and author of The World According to Twitter).

The winner will be announced on March 28th at a ceremony in New York City.

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Chase Tralka

Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.


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