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Goddard Wins Award for Social Media Use
April 8, 2014

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The social media team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., won a Shorty Award in the "social media's best government" category. NASA Goddard took the prize at the Shorties' sixth annual ceremony in New York City on April 7.

The Shorty Award honors the best uses of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. Founded in 2008, the award derives its name from the short, 140-character limit on each tweet sent using Twitter.

"This award is thanks to all the scientists, engineers and everyone at NASA Goddard who create the amazing content we get to share with the world," said Aries Keck, Goddard social media team lead.

By tradition, Shorty award-winners tweet their acceptance speeches. Goddard’s was, "Honored by our #ShortyAwards win! Our universe is a big and wondrous place, and we'll keep sharing the science, tweet by tweet."

Goddard's nomination – the center's first – came in February from the Shorty nominating board, which also selected the social media presences of United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey as government category finalists. Subsequent public voting added the city of Las Vegas, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, political commentator Zach Crandell and Ridwan Kamil, mayor of Bandung in Indonesia’s West Java province.

NASA's flagship social media won the government category (introduced in 2010) at the 2012 and 2013 ceremonies. The agency also received a public nomination in the science category this year.

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Related Link

› NASA Goddard's Social Media Accounts

Aries Keck
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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Goddard's campaign video for the 2013 Shorty Awards
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center won the 2013 Shorty Award, pictured here, in the "social media's best government" category on April 7.
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