As a wise cartoon once said, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” No one proves that more than our nominees, all of whom have taken to apps like Twitter and Instagram to create personas, augment reality, or fly their freak flag—simultaneously upending social media and pushing it to new and hilarious heights. In 2016, these meme machines were exactly what society needed to make it through the year.
Millions of people participate in
The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook,
Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, Vine and the rest of the social web.
The 9th Annual Shorty Awards were held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.