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The Shorty Interview
with Chris Gelken

What's your best tweet?
Support Ridealist in the @shortyawards
What are six things you could never do without?
My inspirational wife, her talent, her enthusiasm, her support, her dedication to social justice - and her love.
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
Sharing videos and articles related to causes and awareness of issues.
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
Ahhh. Both have strengths, and together are a great "team" for us.
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Kim Jong-un as the most attractive man of the year?
What feature should Twitter add?
I a still learning - must explore the audio and video apps.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
All of our friends on FB and LinkedIn!
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
For directed tweets to individuals - please and thank you.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Wow, good one. Anyone with "clout" who can help spread awareness!
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes, I the beginning I was into auto-follow back - and sometimes that's not really a good strategy.
Why should we vote for you?
To help us continue to spread the message of awareness on behalf of non-profits and community groups.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
Wow, another toughie! Most of the people I follow are fascinating in their own ways, always interesting.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#ridealist - a idealist with a realistic approach to making positive things happen.
How do you make your tweets unique?
I wish I could, I would be a twitter guru. I try to vary the subjects, share/RT a lot - and never tweet that I am at Starbucks.
What inspires you to tweet?
You said it. If it inspires or moves me in some way, I tweet it or RT it.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Not yet, but there's still time.
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Use it, don't abuse it. Share, be generous, engage with people, don't just broadcast about yourself.
How long can you go without a tweet?
Without a tweet or without checking? About eight hours, every night.
What question are we not asking here that we should?
Hmm, 32 questions left. ask me again at the end!
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
The @shortyawards is a wonderful step towards making a social network, a socially responsible network. More please!
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
There are so many, it would be hard to choose a favourite. I look for useful, original content related to the issues I care about.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it is just for young people or folks with nothing better to do!
Why should people follow you?
Ridealist videos have reached an audience of more than a quarter of a million over the past year. But we also RT the work of other producers
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
Follow my RTs and shares! They are all one-of-a-kind!
How do you decide what to tweet?
When we want to share videos we have worked on, but I am also a huge re-tweeter of NPO issues.
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
A few of my friends and contacts take a more physical approach to doing good, marathons etc. Always RT!
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
We share many of the same values, but there are so any folks I now consider as my twitter family.
Why'd you start tweeting?
It took a while to realise the value of twitter, but it is now indispensable.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
That is maybe a stretch, but it has possibly changed the life of others by helping us share inspiring videos.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
How will the world change in the next year?
Cliche, I know, but for the better. I hope.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
I guess this isn’t a faux pas so much - not allowing “eggs” to vote. Many of our supporters - “eggs” - joined twitter specifically to vote.
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
If the people I follow on twitter are representative, it can only be a better place.

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