Shorty Awards Finalists Announced for Best Producers of Content on Twitter

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@madmain, aka Dave Saunders, is a @shortyawards finalist in #advertising

Imagine delivering an acceptance speech via text message. To start, you couldn't thank too many people in only 140 characters, but that's what Madison+Main President and Chief Idea Officer Dave Saunders plans to do February 11th in New York City at the Shorty Awards. Saunders is one of five finalists in the Advertising Category for the international award given to the best producers of short content on Twitter.

Twitter is a real-time short messaging network. With over 4.5 million users, it has become the Internet's fastest growing social media network. The service allows users, or "Tweeters," to follow and post anything from breaking news to mundane updates about their lives in 140 characters or less via web, text message or RSS feed. Tweeters who have the most followers on the site are elevated to the highest level of regard in online circles: the renowned "Twitterati."

After only three months of posts on Twitter, Saunders has generated a rapidly growing community of more than 4,500 followers, placing him within the top 650 Twitter users in the world and making him the number one Tweeter in Richmond, Virginia. The Shorty Awards narrowed down the nominations from more than 4.5 million users in over 1,500 categories to 131 finalists in 26 categories covering a wide variety of disciplines. The awards have recently been featured by The New York Times, TechCrunch, BBC, VentureBeat, MediaBistro and Mashable.com. The winners of each category will pocket $1,000, but more importantly, they'll cement their place in the ever-growing world of Twitter.

To follow Dave on Twitter, click here. To learn more about the Shorty Awards, visit them here. Voting continues until January 23rd.

About Madison+Main
Madison+Main is an award-winning, full-service advertising and new media firm that specializes in emerging companies between 15 and 1,500 employees. Clients include A Moment in Time, Baby Jogger, The Bag Boy Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Children Incorporated, The Coleman Institute, Getloaded.com, The Greater Richmond Chamber, Shore Bank, Slotline Golf, Uppy's, Wythe Will Distributing, IssueTrak, and many others. The firm is based in Richmond, Virginia, with an additional office in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit http://www.madisonmain.com or http://www.madisonmain.mobi from your mobile device.

About Dave Saunders
Dave is President & CIO of Madison+Main, Advertising & New Media. As an Advertising & Marketing Executive with Media General, Los Angeles Times and Great American Concepts, a Los Angeles-based advertising and public relations firm, he has almost 18 years of experience in marketing companies on the web. He has led teams behind a wide variety of great cyber-brands, such as CareerBuilder, Cars.com, Saturn and LAtimes.com.

Dave attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Communications and received a BA in English (Writing Concentration) from the University of Mary Washington. Dave is currently a Board Member of the Greater Richmond Chamber, Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, Midlothian Rotary and the Richmond Ad Club. He frequently speaks on the topics of branding and New Media to business leaders all over the United States. Dave's personal website is http://www.madmain.com.

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