TONY @Shorty Awards: winners, presenters and OMG space man!

Hopefully, the Oscars will take a cue from the Shorty Awards at Galapagos Art Space last night. Winners kept acceptance speeches under 140 characters at this ceremony for 2008's best users of Twitter, the Web phenom that lets friends and family know what you're doing every hour of your mundane life. "We thought it would be 20 of us in a bar," said cocreator Greg Galant, "But then within 24 hours it was the hottest thing on Twitter and just exploded."

Presenters and winners were more than happy to give us their latest tweets about Twittering.

@Gregory You can actually be great at one line of content, the same way you can be great at writing an article or a book.

MCHammer It's an extension of who you are. It's work, it's friends, all in one place.

Hootsuite [winner for best "app"] More rapid than the AP. It there's an earthquake, you'll hear about it on Twitter before the radio.

@hanniversary [winner for best "startup"] I can't imagine my life without Twitter. I wouldn't be here. I may not end up winning the next Pulitzer, but it's nice to know that with [out of characters]

—Elizabeth Pauker