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February 4, 2010

Shorty Awards spotlight best of Twitter

Posted: 02:35 PM ET

The Shorty Awards - the real-time Web's version of the Oscars - has released its list of finalists.

Check out the list here. You can vote on your favorites until Friday at noon ET. (More on how to do that).

Winners will be announced at a March 3 ceremony in New York City.

The awards are voted on through Twitter and are doled out to popular Twitter users in a number of categories, from tech and science tweets to literature and "customerservice" posts.

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez hosted the first Shorty Awards last year.

Below, I listed a few stand-outs from the 2010 Shorty finalists. Some made my list because they're cool, others because it seems odd they would have risen to such Twitter stardom. I'm a little surprised that the only Twitter user on the list that I currently follow is @NASA. But maybe I'm just that uncool?

Sesame Street (kids' show)

Stephen Fry (British actor)

Smashing Magazine (design)

Paula Poundstone (comedian)

Adam Savage (myth buster)

The Llama (bossy animal)

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Paul Montgomery   February 4th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Food – Rick Bayless?

Jay   February 4th, 2010 6:35 pm ET

You just missed @GunsandTacos!

Cathy H. @frugalgirl   February 4th, 2010 6:35 pm ET

What the heck! Clearly @ResourcefulMom(Amy Lupold Bair) should be on this list!!

Bruce   February 4th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

You missed the @mercola v @DrRachie kerfuffle? :O

Jason   February 4th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

Don't forget @DrRachie, Australian Heart researcher, pro-science campaigner, podcaster, blogger and current #1 in the health category

kristin   February 4th, 2010 6:39 pm ET

and also @geekgirls in the #geekgirls category 😀

Chris Lawrence   February 4th, 2010 6:42 pm ET

And Ali Abunimah (@avinunu), the co-founder of Electronic Intifada is winning in politics!

Brian   February 4th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

The #health category of the Shorty Awards has highlighted the problems of pseudoscience in public health.

Leading the #health category at present is Dr. Rachael Dunlop (@DrRachie), a heart disease researcher and microbiologist who is opposed to those who spread falsehoods about the dangers of vaccination (recently illuminated by the Lancet's retraction of Andrew Wakefield's flawed study into the MMR vaccine and autism) as well as non-evidence-based and disproven treatments such as homeopathy.

Science is good for your health!

Steve   February 4th, 2010 6:50 pm ET

I think it's cool that The Dave Ramsey Show's Twitter @ramseyshow is just 50 votes (Finance category) behind Orman who has over 1million twitter followers. Go Dave Ramsey!

Chris   February 4th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

Forget the lama, vote for @rfeastsidedave in #weird

Simme   February 4th, 2010 8:02 pm ET

No East Side Dave???

Miriam G Mendes   February 5th, 2010 9:22 am ET

Also politically correct initiatives such as LEI SECA in Rio de Janeiro reached the semi-finalists. It's an urban traffic operation that pops up at some unexpected spots in the city to bust drunk drivers and reduce the number of deaths caused by car crashes, among other consequences. Cars are pulled over, drivers go through alcohol-testing procedures, expired licences are detected, in a word, all illegal situations are caught on tape too. Stats prove that indeed it's been a very effective measure that's gained the support of most citizens. Nothing's perfect though; twitter's been used by some to spread alert hints, telling friends where the checking points of the operation are, thus avoyding them in time! But that's human nature in action! 😉

Badger   February 5th, 2010 11:09 am ET

The llama and anyone who follows him/it fails at life! We need a man with integrity, with values, someone who's not afraid to 'finish' in his infant son's hat out of convenience. Vote @rfeastsidedave for #weird. Do it now dogsie!

Rebecca Woodhead   February 5th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

You mention the literature category, but not the only unpublished writer in it? *Waves*

Everyone should vote for Stephen Fry though, he deserves to be way up the list.

Rebecca (a.k.a. The Randomer)

Night Rabbit   February 5th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

You obviously don't know the difference between stupid and weird. rfeastsidedave is the show stopper!

beanie's boy   February 5th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

East Side Dave Rules. You missed the boat on this one;

The Llama   February 5th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

Squat in the middle of the office and start yelling "MOMMY MOMMY, I WANT PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH!!!" Good.


Vote for DAVE!

MC   February 5th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

You HAVE to vote for @rfeastsidedave in #weird ... East Side Dave has nothing in life, the guy really should be putting a revolver in his mouth but he's still busting out "weird" twiddeo's...

Tossie The Salad   February 5th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

LAME LAME DOUBLE LAME you are a damn fool & know just about nothing. who even reads blogs anyways

its all about @rfeastsidedave

sleazytiki   February 5th, 2010 2:15 pm ET

Let me guess you want us to vote for the Llama because you are secretly longing for a mouth full of Wolf!!!

Rigel   February 5th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

Shows how little you know, sir. @rfeastsidedave is a bossy animal too, not just bossier but more of an animal. Also weirder and less hygenic.

Tim W.   February 5th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

I knew CNN was a bit biased in some of its coverage, but this really is inexcusable. Shame on you, Ted Turner. David Mcdonald, Casey, Julianna and poor little sick Stanley deserve better.

Jay   February 5th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

The Lama isnt a real Lama you fool. Vote @rfeastside for #weird

Bryan   February 5th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

I can not disagree more with your selection of the Llama for the weird category. The Llama is just a facade that some individual is hiding behind. That person is not comfortable with their own skin or weirdness.

@rfeastsidedave is not hiding behind anything. Some people have claimed that he is a man in clown makeup; but they are wrong. That red hair and pasty skin is his own. @rfeastsidedave is not afraid to show his unpleasant appearance to the world. He is a real person with no shame what so ever.

bfromphilly   February 5th, 2010 2:56 pm ET

gotta go @rfeastsidedave for #weird.

sparklingwiggle   February 5th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave for could u miss this!! Dave pound

Strong Confident Fez Whatley   February 5th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

Secretly, I am rooting for the Llama too.

Germain   February 5th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

The Llama might be weird, but you haven't seen weird until you've checked out some of the videos posted by @rfeastsidedave

Jay   February 5th, 2010 3:06 pm ET

...that would be @rfeastsidedav

Mick   February 5th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

Please do not vote for East Side Dave! He is an irresponsible parent, a drunkard and just an all around fool who has ruined the Ron & Fez Show on XM Radio!

Batman   February 5th, 2010 3:26 pm ET

THE LLAMA Shouldnt Under Cut Kooky Story Dave In Crazy Kontests.. @rfeastsidedave should win for his twideoes!

Trevor Whatley   February 5th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

That llama isn't weird compared to the Eastside Dave: @rfeastsidedave

Joe   February 5th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

rfeastsidedave for wierd, he is far more wierd that that stupid llama. check it for out yourself

Patrick   February 5th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

If you want weird, you want @rfeastsidedave. Get off your backsides and any good Redbone fan would.

cboosh   February 5th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

Paula Poundstone? Really? What is this 1999? A llama over EastSide Dave Mcdonald? ...way out of touch.

Taylor   February 5th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

You, SIR!!! Did no research. If you took the slightest look at the weird category you would realize that a dung flinging, piddle drinking, redheaded retard is was weirder than some smelly animal. Long live @rfeastsidedave. DIC holder since 2008.

RFRUBE   February 5th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

"God hates llamas & CNN" – RFEastSideDave

Franco   February 5th, 2010 4:38 pm ET

VOTE @rfeastsidedave FOR #WEIRD!!!

Abbie   February 5th, 2010 4:39 pm ET


resin   February 5th, 2010 4:39 pm ET

ESD rulz!!!!!

joe   February 5th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

the Llama blows @rfeastsidedave rules the scool

nuklehed   February 5th, 2010 4:47 pm ET

Anybody worth their salt would vote East Side Dave in #weird.

resin   February 5th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

Get lost!!! ESD is "THE" weirdest!!!!!

Vote for Eastside Dave!!!   February 5th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave in weird. Dave is the only choice!

Jonathanas   February 5th, 2010 4:56 pm ET

No East Side Dave??? Get LOST!!!

norm   February 5th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

how could you not mention East Side Dave?

Chad   February 5th, 2010 5:00 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave is far better than some ficticious llama!!! GET LOST!

JerseyRich   February 5th, 2010 5:03 pm ET

You are on drugs if you think the llama is weirder than @rfeastsidedave. ON DRUGS!

will   February 5th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

Llama is lame. Go east side Dave!

Spencer   February 5th, 2010 5:12 pm ET

VOTE for @rfeastsidedave for #weird!!!!! Ron and Fez 11-3 XM 202 Sirius 197

Tim   February 5th, 2010 5:14 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave is number one in #weird, what is your problem? The dumb llama is no where near as crazy and weird. @rfeastsidedave all the way!

Srpy18   February 5th, 2010 5:19 pm ET

I can't believe the LAME-A gets your support over rfeastsidedave. Ridiculous, preposterous, and incredulous. Dave is the weirdest person on the planet... I suggest you watch Twideos such as the "Tailgater Series", "Going to IHOP", or "Haiti Twideo-a-thon" as references. It doesn't get much weirder than that mister.

Ramone DeFrunkis   February 5th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

I'd respectfully like to tell the author of this article to get lost.

Your lack of respect towards the candidacy of the great @rfeastsidedave in his quest for the "Weird" Shorty award shows what a crooked operation you folks are running. Ted Turner is rolling over in his grave.

Fez   February 5th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

Vote for Eastside Dave. He is more gooder

Brooke   February 5th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

we must vote for rfeastsidedave for #weird. OF COURSE!!!! WHO WOULDN'T!!!!!

Brian Sweet   February 5th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave in #weird
Without question he needs the win. Go check out his twitter immediately. You will know right away that he dominates the Lama.

Anthony Diaz   February 5th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Where is RFeastsidedave?

thegreenbastrd   February 5th, 2010 6:27 pm ET

David McDonald??????????? what kind of place doesn't list David McDonald as a favorite?? That Llama is a Llame-O.

Sorry about the spicy language but i'm quite upset!!!!

Gary   February 5th, 2010 6:31 pm ET

Llamas don't buy lottery tickets. VOTE @rfeastsidedave!!!

Mike Gazentonio   February 5th, 2010 6:45 pm ET

Llama? More like Lame-a. Eastside Dave all the way! FACE!

Doug   February 5th, 2010 6:57 pm ET

ESD is definitely the weirdest.

BZTAT   February 5th, 2010 7:15 pm ET

As a finalist myself (#art), I think the Shorties are a great way to show the diversity of content and personalities on Twitter. There are many stand-outs most would not expect, but then that is the beauty of Twitter. Virtual unknowns can play with the world's superstars on an equal playing field.

My favorite–@FrugalDougal (#nonprofit), who has very creatively leveraged Twitter to raise money for animal rescue organizations around the world in a very fun and gratifying way.

DIRTY RALPH FROM UPSTATE   February 5th, 2010 7:34 pm ET


Tileslinger   February 5th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

Check out East Side Dave and you will see weird. Llama-Shmama.

Grandpa Greg   February 5th, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Weird Category should go hands down to Eastside Dave @rfeastsidedave. The boy is a basket case.

PeteyMcShitz   February 5th, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Bossy animal? What are you a four year old?
@rfeastsidedave is clearly the entertainment juggernaut that should sweep the awards.

Barbbbb   February 5th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

Llamas are stupid.

Sean   February 5th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave for weird !

budday   February 5th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

you forgot the best one.....EAST SIDE DAVE IN THE WEIRD CATEGORY

WILDKATDAVE   February 5th, 2010 9:45 pm ET


Orlando   February 5th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

What about David McDonald??? #1 Freak there is on twitter!!

Glenn   February 5th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Nerds to you, sir! rfeastsidedave is the only way to vote.

LimeJohnny   February 5th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Where is East Side Dave? The Llama? More like "lame"-a.

Bob   February 5th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

@rfeastsidedave is funnier then any stupid llama

Dekelarson   February 6th, 2010 1:58 am ET

East Side Dave is the best choice for the weird shorty I really can't see how you would pick an animal over one of the most colorful radio talk personalities. Sure his red hair may scare you, but give him a chance to make you laugh. I can't get enough of his Axle Rose imitation and his uncomfortable childhood stories.

john simpson   February 6th, 2010 9:56 am ET

No Eastside Dave and you give mention to Paula Poundstone?
You are out-of-touch

Chip Chiperson   February 6th, 2010 11:28 am ET

You list the Llama but no @rfeastsidedave? You fail, sir.

Joe   February 6th, 2010 6:05 pm ET

Definitely need to vote for @rfeastsidedave in #weird – The Lama is not weird, he's stupid.

bocephus   February 6th, 2010 6:26 pm ET

Lama??? For the weird ?? Your joking right? For the weird vote for EAST SIDE DAVE @rfeastsidedave.....that's EAST SIDE DAVE @rfeastsidedave!!!!!!

Crispy_123   February 6th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Your weird catagerory pick is god awful. RFeastsidedave is the obvious choice. Pull your head outa there Sutter!

WILLIAM   February 6th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

HEY STUP. EAST SIDE DAVE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UR OUT OF TOUCH. GET A CLUE!

Paul DeSpegati   February 7th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

I'm voting for @rfeastsidedave in the weird catagory because the llama is stupid.

plum   February 8th, 2010 10:05 am ET

wow the lama is popular look how many people are defending him. ....... seriously look!.......absolutely no one!...... out of touch, rfeastsidedave4life!

Jim H   March 4th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

the guy who did the tantrum, Dave McDonald of the Ron and Fez Show on XM 202 and Sirius 197 is currently trying to orgaize a listener harassment campaign against the girl who won with the Llama, He has called her a lesbian, a bitch, and many other names on the air. someone called in and reported the girl who won was at a local restaurant near to the studioo. during the break while i am writing this he is trying to find out if she's still there so he can go confront her. The show replays at 1 AM eastern time on the stations above if anyone wants to hear this for themselves. the Dave guy has pulled stuff like this before. he did a similar thing at a protest against Dave Letterman. he has been suspended from his job for chasing people around with his solid bodily waste at the studio where he works. he is a nut job.

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