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Shorty Awards Honor Lawyers on Twitter


It was not exactly a landslide, but lawyer, blogger and Twitter-er Nicole Black earned first place in the law category of the Shorty Awards, which honor the best producers of content on the microblogging site Twitter. Quite an achievement, when you consider that each Twitter post is limited to 140 characters. Black earned first place with a grand total of six nominations, including this one from Luis A. Martinez, a career coach based just outside of Black's hometown of Rochester, N.Y.: "I nominate @nikiblack for a Shorty Award in #law because she's an indefatigable defense atty. & champion 4 Social Media in Law."

She is also one heck of a cook, judging by the photos she regularly posts to Twitter of her culinary creations (such as this one of yesterday's dinner). We can only assume that @JDTwitt is no match in the kitchen, which may explain why the Shorty Awards ranked this JD Supra director of communications second, even though he matched Black in nominations. In fact, Black was one who nominated JDTwitt (whose real name is Adrian Lurssen), writing of him: "I nominate @JDTwitt for a Shorty Award in #business because ... he's a consummate businessman & knows his stuff." Their feelings are mutual, given that Lurssen was one of the people who nominated Black, "because her legaltech kool aid is actually a bottle of good wine."

These legal Shorty Awards were not "official" awards categories. The award sponsors created a list of official categories in areas that ranged from advertising and apps to videogames and weird. In addition, users were invited to generate their own categories. And they did, creating more than 1,500 of them. While some of the more popular categories drew hundreds of nominations, the law category attracted a total of only 28. A separate lawtech category had only two nominations, resulting in resounding first- and second-place finishes for the two nominees, @lilyhill and @internetcases. In case you're wondering who submitted those two nominations, it was none other than Nicole Black.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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