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Are status updates award-worthy? After accidentally live-tweeting Osama Bin Laden’s death, @ReallyVirtual’s followers may think so.
Conveniently, there is an emerging platform where fans can nominate intrepid Tweeps just like him. The folks behind the the Shorty Awards -- the first and only ceremony honoring short-form content -- spotlight the faces behind the tweets, Facebook updates and Foursquare statuses that are literally changing the world -- one tiny update at a time.
After this year’s 3rd annual gala at the posh Times Center in the New York Times building, I sat down with co-founder Greg Galant (@gregory) recently to discuss what’s next for the Shorty Awards brand and just how people are using Twitter to empower themselves and others.
“When I first joined Twitter, barely anyone was using it -- except for Robert Scoble,’ joked Galant, who signed up for the service in 2007. "Now, Twitter is definitely a legitimate work tool and the industry has caught up with the idea.”Are status updates award-worthy? After accidentally live-tweeting Osama Bin... more
An IT consultant, living in Abbottabad, unintentionally tweeted details of the US-led operation as it happened.An IT consultant, living in Abbottabad, unintentionally tweeted details of the US-led... more
Sohaib Athar woke up and -- like many of us -- decided to livetweet an event in his neighborhood. Except in his case, it was Osama Bin Laden's death.
According to The New York Observer, who first reported on Athar, the mild mannered IT consultant tweeted on May 1 about hearing a blast and a helicopter hovering over Abbottabad, Pakistan, the location where Bin Laden was killed by American soldiers.
Rattled by his rapid fame, Athar share a few sentiments:
"@ReallyVirtual Interesting, I didn't think my name would trend on twtter before releasing a couple of rock albums and a few award-winning software...."
"@ReallyVirtual I am JUST a tweeter, awake at the time of the crash. Not many twitter users in Abbottabad, these guys are more into facebook. That's all."
You can read all his tweets here: http://twitter.com/ReallyVirtual
Source: http://www.observer.com/2011/sohaib-athar-guy-who-live-tweeted-osama-bin-ladens-deathSohaib Athar woke up and -- like many of us -- decided to livetweet an event in his... more