With nominations already underway for the first Social Media Awards Beirut 2013, it's time you decide who you want to vote for. Now I know we're a bit biased, but staying up-to-date with bloggers and news is kinda our thing. So without further adieu, we're presenting our five picks (among 33 categories) for the SMA's this year.
1. Most Engaging Celebrity: Haifa Wehbe
I mean have you seen her twitter feed? Engaging seems too minimal a word choice for a busty lace-up celebrity such as Her Wehbeness. Plus, Haifa's tweeted us like twice, so we kinda love her.
2. Most Engaging Diplomat: Tom Fletcher
The British Ambassador to Lebanon and a heck of a social media persona, Tom Fletcher emodies everything a new-generation politician should be. He's down-to-earth, funny, loves his tea, and tweets us common folk regularly. He's basically our side of the world's Obama, except British.
3. Best Personal Blog: Najib [Blog Baladi]
Blog Baladi is hands-down the most up-to-date, informative and interesting personal blog in Lebanon. Though Najib's posts aren't exactly free from sensationalism and the occasional satirical piece, that exactly what makes his blog worth the win.
4. Best NGO: Nasawiya
Probably one of the most active NGOs—if not the most active—in Lebanon Nasawiya continuously rises to the call of refugees, homeless, and people in need. We'd also like to give a shout-out to one of the founders, Nadine Mouwad, who is a celebrity in her own right on Twitter.
5. Best Restaurant, Cafe or Bakery: Cupcakebox
The convincing marker behind @CupcakeBox is not the fact that they make cupcakes (though that is entirely convincing). It is rather their (being owner Randa Kabrit) incessant dedication to social media marketing that sets them apart from other competitors, a feat which makes them worthy of this award. Plus a look through their twitter feed might help sweeten your vote. Because when in doubt, vote for cupcakes.
Right so that's 5 categories. You've only got 28 more to decide on. So what are you waiting for? Start voting!
(Photo via www.smabeirut.com)