BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Birmingham-based Foodimentary has been named the winner of the Shorty Award, honoring the best producers of short content in 2008. Foodimentary was voted best in the Food category sponsored by Epicurious.com. The Shorty Awards will be awarded on February 11th in a ceremony in New York City hosted by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and featuring appearances by Shaquille O’Neal and MC Hammer. Winners will deliver 140-character acceptance speeches either in person or on video.
The Shorty Awards have been featured in the New York Times, BBC, MediaBistro and AdAge. The awards are sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
John-Bryan Hopkins of Homewood, Alabama, is the creator of Foodimentary. As the Foodimentary Guy, he has been posting since 2007 and ranks in the top 100 among the leading destinations on Twitter at www.twitter.com/foodimentary. Twitter rankings can be found at www.twitterholic.com/foodimentary.
“Two years ago I came up with the word 'Foodimentary,' I Googled it and it came up 'Misspelled.' Now I Google it and there are hundreds of pages,” said Hopkins. “I think it's great to create a word and then make it have meaning. How many people get to do that? I am so humbled that so many people care about facts and information about the food they eat. There is room for a little Foodimentary knowledge in everyone's life. Don't you think?”
Hopkins acceptance speech adheres to the 140-character rules of Twitter: “Thank you @shortyawards. Food~Facts are always fun, but there is nothing trivial about the world of food. A toast to all who enjoy my Tweets.”
Foodimentary is dedicated to spreading knowledge about food through fun food facts delivered through Twitter and other social networking sites. A beta website is under development at www.foodimentary.com and features the best of food including food facts, daily blog entries featuring “this day in food,” links to recommended food reading, great recipes and even the Foodimentary General Store, featuring handpicked food finds from the Foodimentary Guy.
Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends. See what people are doing right now.
|John-Bryan's current blogs that will be featured on the new Foodimentary site:|
|Twitter analytical data for Foodimentary:|
|Foodimentary is considered one of the top “Retweeted” users on Twitter, ranked here:|
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|"Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the… Shorty Awards?"|
|Brad Stone, New York Times|