Voting Opens for Second Annual Shorty Awards

Sawhorse Media is tweeting up the second annual Shorty Awards, which recognize “the best people and organizations on Twitter.”

There are 27 official categories and 29 community categories, and Twitter users can vote by sending tweets in the following formats, or using the voting boxes on the Shorty Awards site:

I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #category because…(add reason here).

#shortyawards @username #category (add quick reason here).

According to the official rules, nominations must include reasons or they will not be counted, and Twitter users can vote for as many people or companies as they want, as often as they want.

The winners will be recognized at a ceremony in New York in March, where their acceptance speeches will be limited to–you guessed it–140 characters.

Other rules from the Shorty Awards rules page:

Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote.

Voters must be active Twitter users prior to the start of the competition. Votes originating from new Twitter accounts or accounts used mainly for Shorty Awards voting will automatically be disqualified and will not count toward the rankings.

Votes must appear publicly. Votes from private Twitter accounts will not be counted.

Jenna Dawn of Twitter touted the Shorty Awards on the Twitter Blog:

Newsworthy, funny, interesting, or important–tweets find their way into our lives more and more. Sawhorse Media is organizing the second annual Shorty Awards as a fun way to show appreciation to the people behind the tweets we read every day. Voting has opened in 27 official categories with room for more at your suggestion. An awards ceremony, complete with 140-character acceptance speeches, will be held in March in New York City and live-streamed on the Web. Check out the official rules to learn how to vote.