shorty awards 2014

Social Media Stars Interact IRL at the Shorty Awards

Ms. Leggero in the beginning of the show. (Photo: Shorty Awards)

Social media fame is strange. Twitter, Instagram, Vine and YouTube celebrities are kind of like reality TV stars, but with even more of an everyman feel. They’ve got low budgets and lower inhibitions, and they play characters online who are an extension of their own identities. Reading tweet after tweet, we begin to feel like we know them.

But we don’t. And meeting them in real life can be awkward. They’re not professional socializers, after all, or even traditional entertainers. They’re just people who, from the privacy of their homes, consistently craft tiny bits of entertainment for our consumption. They’ve mastered the art of connecting with people bit by bit, every day — but only when separated by the distance between two given iPhones. Read More

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Turns Out Andrew W.K. Loves Pinterest

Mr. W.K. on the red carpet. (Photo via Shorty Awards)

We overheard a lot of interviews about social media last night at the Shorty Awards. A hell of a lot. But there was one statement that really caught our attention.

Betabeat was standing next to Andrew W.K. while he was being interviewed by a video crew when we heard him say, “I really like Pinterest.”

Um, what?! Pinterest, the aspirational DIY site for former sorority girls? Pinterest, the fitspo mecca? Pinterest, the go-to destination for millennial bridezillas? We had to investigate. Read More

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Matt Walsh of ‘Veep’ Talks TV and Twitter

Mr. Walsh on the red carpet. (Photo: Shorty Awards)

Last night’s Shorty Awards ceremony certainly wasn’t short on hyperactive Internet people jockeying for attention. All that manic energy can exhaust a gal, so we were thrilled when we spotted the comparably calm Matt Walsh, who plays beleaguered PR guy Mike on HBO’s Veep.

Relaxed and friendly, the founding Upright Citizens Brigade member stopped for a chat before presenting the awards for Vine of the Year and Vineographer. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week: Fast Company Innovation Uncensored, Shorty Awards, Kingpins of Silicon Alley and More

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

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Web TV

Here Are 9 Web Series That Are Actually Worth Watching

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So much web video is garbage. Still, everyone once in a while someone manages to get it right.

Web series as a genre is finally coming of age as viewing habits shift from television to digital. More and more writers and directors are doing web video well, and great series are finally getting a chance to shine.

Sure, the most popular work is still being produced like major houses like Netflix and Hulu. But every once in a while, a small team or unemployed director manages to make a short series (or series of shorts) actually worth diving in to.

These are our picks for narrative web-exclusives actually worth watching — prepare to lose the next six hours of your day. Read More

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Let’s Talk About Tweeting: A Conversation With Shorty Award Nominee Julie Klausner

(Screengrab via JulieKlausner.com)

Social media has changed the game for aspiring comedians and funny writers. Instead of languishing at five open mics a week and praying a booker for a late-night show sees them, aspiring comics can now tweet, Vine, make YouTube videos and create their own podcasts.

One professional funny person who’s taken advantage of the Internet to build her online following is Julie Klausner. The New Yorker has 68,800 Twitter followers; a hugely popular podcast; two books and quite a few paid writing gigs. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (Shorty Awards, NYU Startup Week, Big Apple Smackdown, NY Tech Meetup, PSFK, British Invasion, LeanUX, Investor Feedback Forum, Assembled Food)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

R.I.P., Roger Ebert. Over the years I’ve learned a lot from Mr. Ebert, inspired not only by his style of writing and communicating but also by his personality and approach to life. Check out this TED talk he gave–”Remaking My Voice“–and here’s a wonderful essay from his book Life Itself: A Memoir. Read More

Goooood Morning Silicon Alley!

Best Tech Events This Week (FinTech Hackathon, Newark Tech Week, Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, Blueprint Demo Day, NYU Stern Summit, FinTech Meetup)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

So Google just launched Google Nose (smelling is believing!) and Google Maps now has a Treasure View mode, while Virgin is creating a glass-bottomed plane, Twitter will start charging $5 per month for vowels and Youtube is shutting down. Hmmmm… either I am hallucinating or it must be April Fools Day!

I recently came across something awesome: brainstorming sessions between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan for the movie Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (easily one of my all-time faves). There were five consecutive nine-hour, day-long sessions, and it’s fascinating to see their thought process as the characters and story are fleshed out. Here’s the New Yorker‘s abbreviated take. Read More

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Gary Sharma’s Shorty Awards 2012 Highlights (Mayor Bloomberg, Tiffany Thiessen, Miss USA, The Daily Show Gang and More)

3 lovely ladies – my friend Victoria Song (Flybridge Capital) with Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella and reigning Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty at the 2012 Shorty Awards. Raawwr!

3 lovely ladies – my friend Victoria Song (Flybridge Capital) with Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella and reigning Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty at the 2012 Shorty Awards. Raawwr!

This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), Founder & CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary@garysguide.com.

“Once a year I put on a tie. Tomorrow is that day!”

Ok, yeah, so obviously thats not me! (I put on a red tie 365 days a year, people! ;) Thats my friend SawHorse Media & Shorty Awards CoFounder Greg Galant tweeting as he geared up in preparation to organize the fourth edition of the popular Shorty Awards (or as they’re also known as “Oscars for Social Media Peeps!”).

The event, which took place at the Times Center, was, as expected, packed with celebrities. I ran into Aasif Mandavi from the Daily Show who was one of the presenters along with fellow Daily Show correspondents the always funny Samantha Bee and Jason Jones who have co-hosting duties this year. (Did ya know Sam and Jason are a couple? I had no idea. How funny must their kids be!) Read More

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The 2012 Shorty Awards Were Anything But—and Betabeat Has the Photos to Prove It

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The 2012 Shorty Awards at the Times Center

Last night’s Shorty Awards at the Times Center was a comedy-filled night hosted by The Daily Show’s married, Canadian correspondence team Sam Bee and Jason Jones. Michael Bloomberg made a special appearance to accept the Mayor of Foursquare award from Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley.

Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd, White Collar‘s Tiffani Thiesson, Read More