THE inaugural #RaboTweeties awards have been launched.
With tongue firmly in cheek, the awards will honour the best and brightest of Ireland's Twitterati, with users voting for the winners using the hashtags corresponding to the various categories – for example, to vote for Amy Huberman in the celebrity category, simply tweet "#TweetieCeleb @amyhuberman". Some of Ireland's finest are in the running, from people to brands to shows, bands and restaurants, and the winners will be announced in Dublin's Odeon venue. However, you don't have to stick to the people currently shortlisted – you can vote for whoever you love to follow and retweet.
Hosting the ceremony on October 2 are broadcaster Tom Dunne (@tomhappens) and the Irish Independent's Vicki Notaro (@vickinotaro), accompanied by comedian Abie Philbin-Bowman (@AbiePB) who'll be handling the funny business on the evening.
The Irish Independent's political editor @FionnanSheahan is in the running for #TweetiePolitics, while technological wizard @AdrianWeckler has made the cut for #TweetieTech. The shortlists will be finalised and released on September 18, so get voting now to ensure your favourite tweeters make the grade.
"I've been on Twitter for about four-and-a-half years, and I'm nearing my 40,000th tweet," explains Ms Notaro, editor of the Irish Independent's 'Day & Night' magazine. "It's been an invaluable outlet for me, both professionally and personally. It's an incredible way to gather and share relevant information, and it helps that it's the absolute craic! The Rose of Tralee wouldn't have been half as much fun without Twitter this year, that's for sure."