9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

Voting & Entries for Influencers, Brands and Organizations are now closed! Stay tuned for finalist announcements.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Weird

We all know the web can be a weird place, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need. These nominees can turn YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram into a virtual funhouse—yet each one found a way to make us think, make us laugh, or make us cringe, and somehow we just couldn’t get enough.
Astro Poets
The viral Twitter account @poetastrologers sends up daily horoscopes in the most highbrow way possible—by turning them into absurdist poetry. Creators @DorotheaLasky and @alexdimitrov are “actual livin...
Bread Face Blog
What do you get when you take loaves of bread and lovingly smoosh your face into them? Over 135K Instagram followers! That’s exactly the recipe for success Bread Face Blog has baked up, with videos of ...
Casually Explained
A self-described “YouTube video creator and all-around cool guy,” the monotonous stick figure man behind Casually Explained takes big concepts and makes them easy for the internet to digest, like “Evol...
Exurb1a
Attempting to decipher our chaotic universe, British writer, musician, and YouTube creator Exurb1a resorts to “philosophy, theoretical physics, and dick jokes.” With over 17M views of videos spanning “...
Hydraulic Press Channel
Finland-born Lauri Vuohensilta is crushing it on the internet, literally. He isn’t lying when he claims, “Wanna see stuff getting crushed by hydraulic press? This is the right channel for you.” The You...
Karl From Online
Chicagoan Karl Bergholz, aka Karl from Online (on Twitter and Vine) is the embodiment of internet absurdity. Closely following his motto that “If you ain’t a rascal, you ain’t livin…” Karl enjoys makin...
The Food Surgeon
A Seattle-based ”culinary practitioner” who is neither a chef nor a surgeon, The Food Surgeon started posting YouTube videos in early 2016, beginning by “Dissecting a Cutie (Californian Mandarin Orange...
Thinkpiece Bot
An alien landing on Earth might believe that we have created artificial intelligence, if it read the dead-on Twitter musings of @thinkpiecebot. Started by regular bot creator Nora Reed, Thinkpiece Bot ...
Tom Bro Dude
RIP @tombrodude. Weird Twitter won’t be the same without you. The alias of Philadelphian Tom Reynolds, Tom Bro Dude confounded the Twittersphere with his goofy and preposterous posts for years, usually...
TownsKiller
A murder mystery that played out on Vine in 2016, TownsKiller allowed those who chose to enter the virtual town of Ableben the opportunity to kill or be killed. As the community tried to figure out whi...
You Are Dog Now
“I make you dog” is the bold claim of this Twitter feed that went viral at the beginning of 2016, due to some features in Huffington Post and Mashable that told the world how you can simply follow and ...
You Suck at Cooking
The farcical cook behind You Suck at Cooking claims the YouTube video series is “No bullshit. Just cooking. (except for all of the bullshit).” While there is some truth that the videos include cooking,...

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held in April 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.