NASA scoops up Twitter award for Mars ‘tweets’ (AFP)

 

WASHINGTON (AFP) – It’s not exactly the Oscars but at least the acceptance speeches were short. Awards for the best feeds on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service which allows users to send short messages of 140 characters or less, were handed out at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday night.

The winners of the “Shorty Awards,” sponsored by Sawhorse Media and the Knight Foundation, were restricted to acceptance speeches of … 140 characters, of course.

Among the winners, NASA picked up the Shorty Award in the Science category for its Twitter updates about the Mars Phoenix Lander mission.

More than 38,000 people had signed up to receive “tweets” from Mars by the time the mission ended in November.

“I dig Mars!” was among the Phoenix Lander’s messages.” along with “w00t!!! Best day ever!!”

Jackie, a fitness trainer from Vancouver who goes by only one name and the Twitter handle of “girlwithnoname,” won the sports category.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, a prolific Twitterer, finished second.

The winners of the awards in 26 categories were determined by voting by Twitter users.

The competition had no official link to Twitter, which was launched in August 2006 and now claims more than six million users.

But Twitter co-founder Biz Stone congratulated the winners in a video played at the ceremony and in a “tweet.”

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