New York (CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker took home Twitter "Gold" Wednesday, winning a "Shorty Award" for having the best microblog in the government category.
Booker is an avid user of Twitter, the social networking microblog that allows people to have conversations, send messages and post random thoughts in 140 character spurts. The Shorty Awards, hosted this year by CNN's Rick Sanchez, singles out people who effectively use this medium to communicate.
Booker was recognized for his @CoryBooker account. Runners up included NASA, Virginia State Parks, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and Israel Los Angeles.
Each winner's acceptance speech had to be within 140 characters and Booker read his remarks from his phone.
"Newark is rising thanx 2 the power of people working together," he said. "Thank u Twitterverse & Tech Corps 4 unifying people 4 inspiration & justice."
GREATNESS! Can be broken down in 2 facets great&nessacary and mayor booker's nessacary great has inspired so many I'm honored 2 have him as my mayor&confident and humbled in saying I love this man 4 his loyalty.
More grease to your elbow, Rick Sanchez! You journalism style exemplifies CNN's commitment to have all sides of the debate adequately represented.