Sending Out The Best Tweets on Twitter? Yea, There’s an Award for That.

Throughout this week we’ll be posting on the ground accounts from individuals that attended New York Social Media Week events. To participate, email a blog submission to info@socialmediaweek.org

Note: The Nomination Process Closes Tonight at 11:59pm, click here to nominate your favorite tweep!

For me, Greg Galant and the Sawhorse Media team’s talk was the highlight of yesterday’s Social Media Club at Roger Smith Hotel.

Ever since I first learned about the Shorty Awards existing I’d wanted to hear Greg speak about how they came to be. The Sawhorse team’s lecture was more of a conversation than a lesson.

…and an intellegent one at that.

The title, “Over 500 million people are using social media. How to find the 50 you need to know about,” defined the overall mission of Greg’s team and their products. The team spoke about three Sawhorse sites; Listorious, Muckrack, and Global Quad. Each of those sites has a different focus (i.e. Muckrack helps organize the best tweets in Journalism, and Global Quads is for the best in Colleges), yet all three operate based on the same overall mission, which is to help you locate the most influential tweets. Their sites help de-clutter Twitter, and I think they’ll be around for years to come simply because there’s a need for them.

In addition to those three sites, The Sawhorse Team also run The Shorty Awards, which honor the best producers of short real-time content. I’m extremely excited for this year’s unveil of who the best producers of 140 character content are. I was also pleased to learn that this year’s Shorty Awards on March 28th will be live-streamed. (#score.)

To access clips from past Shorty ceremonies, including everyone from MC Hammer, to Sesame Street, visit youtube.com/shortyawards.

The Sawhorse Team further inspired me to always think before I tweet. Seeing myself holding a future Shorty Award is going to be my inspiration to refrain from oversharing.

What’s yours?

Megan Conley is a contributor for the Social Media Week NY Blog and a Community Manager for J.P. Barry Hospitality. You can follow her on twitter @meganconley_.

Live from Social Media Week: Oysterpedia

Throughout this week we’ll be posting on the ground accounts from individuals that attended New York Social Media Week events.  To participate, email a blog submission to info@socialmediaweek.org

Cameras were flashing, Foursquare check-ins were documented, and hashtags were encouraged during this evening’s Oysterpedia event at Mermaid Inn.

Mermaid Inn, a restaurant known for their seafood and socially savvy marketing, hosted tonight’s “have your app and eat it too” event alongside a packed Social Media Week crowd.

Holding the launch during Social Media Week undoubtedly generated a great deal of buzz around the app.

The full version of the app (which costs $1.99) allows you to ID 200 types of North American oysters. You can also save and rank them as you try them.  If you’re not looking to pay the 1.99 however, the lite version allows you to download a 60-oyster version for free.

I’ve waitressed in two different seafood restaurants- leaving  me with a combination of 5+ years serving seafood- and had never attempted to try an oyster until this evening. The event literally and figuratively caused me to get the app, and eat it too.

What do you think, is the Oysterpedia app worth downloading?

Megan Conley is a contributor for the Social Media Week NY Blog and a Community Manager for J.P. Barry Hospitality