A crowd of about 50 people turned up to the Bluebird Tavern's new "speakeasy" room this evening to watch social media royalty get crowned, as determined by Burlington's social media community — and Seven Days political columnist Shay Totten was a winner.
Shay was named Burlington's Social Media King by voters who responded to a poll on the Burlington Social Media Day Facebook page. He didn't receive a crown, but he did snag a sweet laptop case from Small Dog Electronics, emblazoned with custom embroidery work from The Bobbin. That's Shay posing with his prize at right. Well, it's that, or a mugshot when he got booked for unlawful use of the Burlington Twitter hashtag. You decide.
The Social Media Queen crown went in absentia to Nicole Ravlin of PMG, known on Twitter as @PMGNicole. There's no word thus far whether the Social Media King and Queen get to veto Foursquare mayors at their discretion.
Awards were also given out for most social-media savvy business, to Small Dog Electronics, and social-media savvy nonprofit organization, to Vermont Public Radio.
According to event organizer Lara Dickson, a.k.a. @DeepDishCreates, over 400 people voted in the poll for their social media favorites.
Prizes were also given away to people who completed a social media treasure hunt at Burlington-area businesses over the last few days. Yours truly won 10 loaves of bread at August First for the accomplishment of posting to the #BTVSMD hashtag on Twitter at the right time — good thing I've got the fastest texting fingers in Vermont.
Burlington Social Media Day was the local version of celebrations happening worldwide. And the fun isn't over yet. There's one last Tweetup tonight at 156 Bistro at 9:00 p.m. Foursquare check-ins will be optional.