Best Westword Commenter: Mantonat
While many of the comment threads on Latest Word have gone to pot – literally – there’s always a tasty discussion over on Café Society, and the erudite, informative and always entertaining comments from Mantonat are the main reason why. His frequent comments display an incredible range of knowledge not just about the lively local drinking and dining scene, but drinking and dining around the world, and he shares this knowledge without making other commenters (or the blog’s authors) eat crow over their ignorance or outright errors. Instead, he just moves the conversation along, providing endless food for thought.

Best Public Service on Social Media: RTD
People sure do love to bitch about public transportation, and the folks behind RTD’s Twitter account respond to each and every complaint (and the compliments, too). Their feed is full of exchanges like this: “dear @RideRTD -- what am I supposed to do when the touch screens don’t work at county line?? #betternotgetfined #noticket. // @brose410 Sorry for the inconvenience last night, we’ll send someone out to get them fixed today.” It’s nice to be heard.

Best Podcast: These Things Matter
Like Trekkies arguing in Klingon, pop-culture nerds inevitably have their own language, and These Things Matter podcast hosts Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda speak it fluently. During their regular, hour-long ode to all things trivial, the hyper O'Brien and insatiably curious Gonda bring local talent on to discuss a selected subject of the day, which can be anything from Kevin Smith to Westerns and jam bands.

Best Journalist on Twitter: John Ingold, Denver Post
Live tweeting isn’t easy, but the Post’s John Ingold does it with accuracy and the right amount of snark. Here’s a tweet from his recent coverage of a Paul Ryan rally: “Ryan: ‘I’ve been coming to Colorado since I was a little guy. So has my wife. (awkward pause) Since she was a little girl.’” And another that sums up his feelings about this past election season: “In my mind, I am already putting together the slideshow of Tweetpic campaign photos scored to Sarah McLachlan’s ‘I Will Remember You.’” Bonus: Ingold’s tweets are always perfectly punctuated.

Best PR Flack on Twitter: Jeremy Story, Dovetail Solutions
In addition to serving as president of a Denver PR firm, Jeremy Story is the man behind the Denver PR Blog and its active Twitter account. Story regularly posts and tweets news from the local PR scene (“GroundFloor Media Adds SlimGenics as Client”), in addition to PR job ads, interviews with local media folks, and a recurring item called “Great Moments in Journalism” that includes the time a Denver Post reporter tweeted that he got horny at the Olympics.

Best Fake Twitter Account: Fake Bruce Benson
From political commentary to utterly dada tweets, @fakebrucebenson comically lampoons the much-criticized University of Colorado president. Whether he's talking about trying to get his grandkids into Flying Lotus, plans to turn CU Boulder's Farrand Hall into a casino, or having Shepard Fairey pick up his recycling, this ersatz version of the former businessman and current university president is always good for a laugh. And really, wouldn't it be nice if Bruce Benson was the kind of guy who would tweet things like "Remember when N'Sync teamed up with Nelly? That was my jam" or use the hashtag #DollaDollaBillYall‬?

Best Civic Phone App: My Fair Election
It's fitting that MyFairElection.com came out of Denver, a city that for months has faced regular traffic jams and road closures due to the campaign stops of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This site, with a slick mobile version, allows users to become "citizen election monitors" with just a few clicks. Users can find their polling locations through an easy search tool and then tell others about their voting experience and rate their experiences. Democracy!

Best Sports Team on Twitter: Colorado Rockies
The Rockies have the Instagram thing down. The team’s Twitter feed is full of behind-the-scenes looks at Coors Field, including a view from the press box and an even better one from inside the manual scoreboard, a locker-room shot of player Johnny Herrera’s spikes, and a two-paneled photo of the dugout before and after a game. (We just have one question: Why is the floor all wet?) On Twitter, the team delivers exactly the kind of inside baseball that true fans want.

Best Social or Political Campaign: Occupy Denver
Urban-camping ban be damned, Occupy Denver is still keeping the movement strong with its steadfast online pipeline. From updates on local and national action and legislation to information on meet-ups, rallies and free “teach-in” sessions, Occupy Denver’s on the Twitter, Facebook and website horn. In short, Occupy has learned the value of never shutting up.

Best Sports Phone App: EpicMix Ski Application
As soon as snow hits the ground, Colorado's winter-sports enthusiasts are reunited with the application that has become like a digital best friend for those who frequent it. The app acts as a one-stop shop for all of its users' activity on the slopes at seven EpicMix sites, saving and storing their feats and photos for future knowledge. And bragging rights, of course.

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