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Barack Obama competes with Catalan town Vilassar de Mar in Twitter’s ‘Shorty Awards’

The Town Hall’s twitter is a finalist in the ‘Best Government’ category in the third edition of the US-based Shorty-awards. @vilassardemar is the only European site nominated.

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21 March 2011 07:28 PM

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ACN / Jordi Pueyo / Ignacio Portela Giráldez

Vilassar de Mar (ACN).- The Catalan coastal town of Vilassar de Mar (23 km North from Barcelona) is a finalist in the 3rd edition of the \u2018Shorty-awards\u2019. These awards recognise the best Twitters of the year in different categories like \u2018Actors and Actresses\u2019, \u2018Celebrities\u2019, \u2018Art\u2019, \u2018Authors\u2019 and Vilassar de Mar\u2019s twitter is a serious contender in the \u2018Government\u2019 category thanks to the votes of millions of users that helped this small town compete against twitters such as US president Barack Obama, analyst John Moore, Newark\u2019s mayor, Cory Brooker, Congresswoman Virginia Eric Cantor, and the British Lord Credo. Furthermore, @vilassardemar is the only European site nominated and is currently third in the number of public votes in this category, out of a total of 353 candidates, ranking over such twitters like NASA, Sarah Palin or Arnold Schwarzenegger.


The \u2018Shorty-Awards\u2019 also known as \u2018The Shorties\u2019 honour the best creations of the micro-blogging website Twitter. Organised by Sawhorse Media, \u2018The Shorties\u2019 are held at the Galapagos Art Space in New York since 2009. The awards are voted by Twitter users distributed in 26 categories ranging from \u2018Actors\u2019 to \u2018Weird\u2019. In this year\u2019s edition, other nominees include celebrities such as actor Nathan Fillion, Justin Bieber, British author JK Rowling and even virtual characters like The Sims.  The list of winners it will not be revealed until March 28th, in a ceremony held in New York.

Vilassar de Mar was a pioneer in opening both Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to get in touch easier with local people and inform them about activities and services. Many towns from the area have followed their example and are now including new technologies in their communication system.

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  • A caption from the actual Shorty Awards prizes (by ACN / Shorty Awards)

  • Vilassar de Mar's Twitter is currently in the 3rd position, just after Barack Obama's (by ACN / Shorty Awards)

  • A caption from the actual Shorty Awards prizes (by ACN / Shorty Awards)
  • Vilassar de Mar's Twitter is currently in the 3rd position, just after Barack Obama's (by ACN / Shorty Awards)