South Florida Web Awards: Meet Your Twitter, Instagram, and Arts/Culture Nominees
To say the web ties worlds together seamlessly with invisible streams of data would be a gross understatement. So New Times is celebrating Miami's greatest with our first annual South Florida Web Awards.
We've scoured online media from news, to arts and culture, to food and music, and Twitter and Instagram, Miami's finest have another opportunity to show the city their stuff.
You've already voted, and the tallies are in, but as we gear up for our sick celebration at Green Room this Saturday (which, you're invited to, by the way), we'll be rolling out intros to South Florida's nominees throughout the week.
The world had no idea of the beast that would become from Twitter when it rolled out back in 2006. "Tell us what's going on in 140 characters or less," they said. Well, hell, we bypassed the 140 count at "character," but the point is that Twitter is just as much of a communication tool these days as talking or texting. It's the new black. #NewBlack
Typically slinging profound profanities in every direction, Pepe Billete has a cult-like following that would impress any social media expert. And that's pretty awesome -- you know, given that he's just a puppet on Youtube videos. Tio Pepe, as he's often referred to as, is the ultimate [puppet] master of Cuban spanglish, local chisme, and chusmeria. His catchphrase, "PLP" resonates anywhere you turn. Pa la pinga!
We wrote an entire story on this guy's Twitter account. That's saying something. Logan Morrison, the most lovable Marlins outfielder in Miami, Tweets subtle shockers about his day, like this one, "That awkward moment when you're able to muffle a giant fart, then realize it smells like Bigfoot's dick..."
Bill Corben is something of a household name in Miami. He's the genius behind Cocaine Cowboys and the media studio, Rakontur, that produced it. Film directing isn't his only highlight, though. That man's a Tweeting machine and he's particularly notorious for Tweeting things that ya cain't help but retweet.
The Vice Queen is, in fact, the alter ego to Sex and the Beach blogger, Maria De Los Angeles. She can Tweet something as innocent as "Sauteeing fresh spinach with garlic, tomatoes and olives and putting that on top of a pepperoni pizza makes it healthy, right?" and then go 180 on you with this: "This butter is so good, I want to rub it all over my man!" See? We told you. Royalty be cray.
The Don man's Twitter bio reads, "Senior Writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. Author of First Off the Tee, Her Way and Wonder Girl. Horrendously Bad Golfer." A horrendously bad golfer he may be, but the man knows how to keep upwards of 13.5 thousand people following his every move. And it ain't just his good looks, if ya know what we mean.
Check out the hipstamatic nominees for Instagram after the jump.