BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Birmingham-based Foodimentary has been named the winner of the Shorty Award for “Best in Food” for the second year in a row. The Shorty Awards were awarded last night in a ceremony in New York hosted by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and featured attendees included Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and New York Times columnist David Pogue, among many others.
The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations on Twitter. These unique awards are for the Twitter community, by the Twitter community. Online voting is public and democratic, culminating in an awards ceremony that recognizes the winners in 26 official categories, as well as those in brand new crowd-sourced ones. The Wall Street Journal said "the competition brought to the fore some of the strongest personalities on the site."
John-Bryan Hopkins of Homewood, AL is the creator of Foodimentary and is considered a pioneer in communicating about food in the 140 character format. In the early days of Twitter, @Foodimentary was the 55th most popular Twitter account in the world and it has maintained its status as being the most influential food category. @Foodimentary currently has close to 120,000 followers, but is most importantly a top "listed" account allowing @Foodimentary to communicate to over a million accounts daily.
"I am so glad that in an age of mega-stars dominating Twitter that I have been able to hold my own and remain relevant. I feel so privileged to win again. I feel like a proud parent. It seems like yesterday Twitter was in its infancy and now hundreds of millions of people experience it daily," said John-Bryan Hopkins. "I like to keep an 'honest' twitter stream. My tweets never have ads or links to ads. They’re designed to inform and be easily shared with others. I’m on Twitter to simply inform people about the world of food and my hope is to empower people with my information. Foodimentary is about a way of thinking about food. Like good food itself, it is best when shared. I work every day and love what I do, who could ask for more than that?"
Hopkins’ acceptance speech adhered 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, a one-man operation, is dedicated to spreading knowledge daily about food through fun food facts, quotes and food holidays delivered through Twitter and other social networking sites.
Top foodie and food Twitter account on wefollow.com,
a site dedicated to finding and rating the top people on their influence
The 25th most followed Twitter account in the Central Time zone:
More statistics can be found on Foodimentary's Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foodimentary
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