Check Out the 2013 Webby Award Nominees

The Webby Awards announced on Tuesday the nominees for its 17th annual Internet extravaganza of excellence.

Nike led the nominations with 17 nods, followed by Google, HBO and The New York Times with 12 each. Celebs outside of the web like Tom Hanks and Lena Dunham also earned nominations for their work online. Could Hanks be the first multiple-Oscar winner to score a Webby? Your move, Daniel Day-Lewis.

Academy members — including David Bowie and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom — select the Webby winners, but regular Internet Joes can also chime in with The Webby People’s Voice Awards. Voting starts today and goes until midnight on Thursday, April 25th.

The winners will be announced April 30 with a trophy-collecting shindig to follow on May 21. An online broadcast of the show will air on May 22.

Check out a selection of the major category nominations below.

Best Mobile Media Streaming

iPlayer Radio
Hulu Plus
Netflix App

Best Individual Performance

Burning Love
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jean Dujardins’s Villain Auditions
Charlize Theron Gets Hacked
Lena Dunham for Obama for America “First Time”

Social: Best Education and Discovery

National Geographic Education
NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover
The New Public Library

Best Mobile User Experience

Cool Hunting Gift Guide
NikeID Mobile
Google Maps for iPhone

Best Social Media Campaign

One Small Tweet
Hashtag Killer
Obama for America – For All Campaign
Nike Barbershop
Justin Bieber’s “Girlfriend” Fragrance Launch

Best Weird Site

Cecilia Prize
One Tiny Hand
Sound Creatures X Pictoplasma

Best Comedy Longform or Series

Burning Love
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Neil’s Puppet Dreams
Clueless Gamer with Conan O’Brien
Bad Lip Reading

Best Entertainment for Tablet

The Onion
Funny or Die
Metropole Tweetphony
True Blood Social Media Makers Day

Best Web Personality/Host

PBS Idea Channel
Woman v. Workout
7 Minutes in Heaven
Chris Hardwick’s All Star Celebrity Bowling
Fresh Off The Boat with Eddie

Best Humor Website
Funny or Die
The Onion

View the full list of nominees, including Mashable for Best Blog — Business and Best User Experience (yay us!).

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Want to Hear a Song? Tweet at This Piano


Pianos that play themselves were the coolest thing since sliced bread at the turn of the 20th century. Perforated metallic rolls dictated which hammers would strike and when. Purchase the encoded roll with your favorite ragtime ditty and let ‘er rip — great for your formal parlor.

Those programmable canisters were the precursor to modern music sequencing. In the digital world, we use MIDI files — codes that tell virtual oboes and cellos when to chime in during a composition. Folks at the creative agency Digital Kitchen made the connection between old school player pianos and digital music composition. They even put a social spin on it.

Meet Stanley, an interactive player piano. Tweet a request to @StanleyPiano and the song will queue up for performance. Online, you can watch Stanley play the songs at his (its?) live debut at the Capitol Hill Block Party, a music festival that kicks off Friday, July 20 in Seattle, Wash. The account will tweet at you when your song is up next.

Right now, Stanley’s repertoire is limited to the indie artists performing at the festival, but it “grows with every tweet,” says David Mikula, creative director of the project. “Stanley plays MIDI files. To build his repertoire, we had to transcribe piano renditions of these songs by ear and hand using an 88-key MIDI controller and Logic Pro. Song requests from Twitter are rolling in constantly. People want to hear Stanley play songs from every genre and musical era. Luckily, there are huge MIDI databases of popular music online, which we combed through to also include in his song catalog. We also couldn’t resist including some of our own personal favorites.”

So while building the catalog is a manual musical endeavor, Mikula aims to make the Twitter request process more streamlined. “A custom moderation tool named S.T.A.N.F.O.R.D. allows a team to curate the experience. Any part of the process that isn’t automated is meant to be personalized. All direct communication is handled by our team — whether that be an @reply when Stanley doesn’t know how to play a track, or when Stanley has to call out a drunken Block Party attendee in the blue shirt for spilling beer on his stage.”

There’s no limit to the queue, according to Mikula. “Stanley is a crowd pleaser. He’ll make his way through as many songs as possible before the weekend is over.”

Stanley is a player piano by birth, but he can no longer read piano rolls. “The fact that he already had all the mechanics to play notes himself made it much easier for us to modify this existing system and drop in his new electronic components.” After his debut at the Block Party, Stanley will be waiting at the Digital Kitchen office in Seattle for his next big gig.

Well, what are you waiting for? Tweet your favorite NKOTB jam at Stanley and tune in this weekend to hear the results.

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15 Twitter Accounts Every Space Lover Should Follow


How an 18-Year-Old Made $35K for Tweeting Parody Accounts


If there was a How to Make Money On Twitter for Dummies, Jon King would be its best-selling author.

In the last four months, King has earned more than $35,000 by tweeting sponsored messages on the microblogging platform. Not too shabby for an 18-year-old high school student.

“I’m always on Twitter, it seems like; so I figured, why not try to make a little money off of it?” King told the Daily Dot. “You have you good weeks. And you have your bad weeks, but it’s a pretty well-paying job.”

In short, King operates six popular parody accounts, the first of which, Condescending Wonka (@WilllllyWonka), was inspired by the Condescending/Creepy Wonka meme and boasts 376,000 followers. All together, his accounts — including @_ShitMenSay_, @willlllywonka and his personal favorite, @AntiJokeJamal — have more than 1 million followers.

King spends about two hours each night saving 10 tweets per account to send out the next day, a combination of original content, recycled jokes and old tweets. He casually works sponsored messages — in his case, tweets that contain links to contract-free affiliate program ChaCha — into the mix. The more people click, the more he gets paid.

The Daily Dot caught up with King to find out more about his secrets to success.

1. Find What’s Trending Right Now

“Go with what’s popular. Movie and TV campaigns have a lot of hype on all these websites. If it’s already well known, like the movie Ted, try to jump on the bandwagon.”

Case in point: Since the film Ted was released in theaters on June 29, the foul-mouthed stuffed bear, for which the film is named, has inspired more than 20 different parody accounts, some boasting more than 100,000 followers.

2. Find Your Voice

“The best thing to do when you first get going is to start with basic facts. Facts are just everywhere. Start tweeting things you would see underneath a Snapple cap. Be original. Make sure you like what you are tweeting about.”

3. Get People’s Attention

“If you have a little money, buy shoutouts from bigger Twitter accounts. Depends on the number of followers an account has, between $50 to $75 is the amount you want to pay per shoutout.”

“You should tweet once every hour between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. for the first two weeks. If there are events or trending topics, tweet those too. Try to get a top tweet. Most of the time these trending topics are from big parody accounts anyway. A lot of people check trending topics. Also, don’t promote your parody account on Facebook. I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.”

4. Respect Your Followers and the Game

“Don’t take days off. You want your audience on your Twitter every day. Treat your parody account like a full-time job. When you’re ready to start tweeting advertisements, I would just tell your fans and followers that running the account is time consuming, and you’re going to start posting some sponsored ads that pertain to the audience.”

5. Don’t Get Greedy

“I wouldn’t rush into tweeting out ads until you have 50,000 followers. People will do it before having that many but it just ruins the page. People hate advertisements, pretty much.”

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, aluxum

This article originally published at The Daily Dot

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10 Winning Facebook Moments That Deserve ALL Your Love and Adoration

At the very least these moments earned a LIKE!

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