Tom Dunne (@tomhappens), Vicki Notaro (@vickinotaro) and Abie Philbin Bowman (@AbiePB) are the hosts of the inaugural #RaboTweeties – an awards show that aims to celebrate the popularity and influence of Twitter and its users.
While Tom and Vicki will host the awards show with all the official categories and prizes, Abie is going to host the ‘#vinb stage’ – a part of the show that looks at the funny, more anarchic and potentially ‘dangerous’ side of Twitter.
“I love how instantaneous Twitter is. It’s a bit anarchic, and – if you follow the right people – very funny. There’s no veneer to it, it doesn’t go through any third party to get to you, like radio or TV, it’s just people being people. It’s answers the questions ‘what’s happening?’ faster than any other medium, and on European soccer nights, in a house of girls, it’s the only informed football discussion I get,” says Tom.
Vicki Notaro says Twitter is an invaluable tool for her profession. “Twitter opened up a new world for me. I’m more aware, more clued in, more on the pulse as a journalist with @independent_ie, and I have great fun on the platform.”
Abie says Twitter is a window to a world that could simply never be seen through traditional media channels. “I love Twitter. It has become the global water-cooler – a vital source of news, gossip and all the latest jokes. It’s a place where party lines and Government spin are drowned out by a chorus of journalists, satirists and punters curious to uncover the real story.
As one wit observed, Facebook is where you lie to your friends, Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers.
And where else would you find Maeve Higgins and Mia Farrow talking about Brendan Behan? Or two former Star Trek captains complaining about their Internet provider?
Above all, when I write a topical joke, Twitter provides the fastest, easiest way to tell it to a global audience, and reach a whole new audience of tuned in observers, worldwide.”