CruiseDeals.com employee and cruise blogger Rich Tucker recently won a Shorty Award from Twitter.com followers for engaging travelers with his online travel posts or "tweets." The Shorty Awards were given out in 26 categories for providing the best content on Twitter, and the winners were recently honored at an awards ceremony in New York. Tucker received the most votes in the travel category from Twitter users for offering advice, deals and conversations about cruising. "It was exciting to travel to New York to accept the Shorty Award and to meet some of our Twitter followers in person," said Tucker, who is a business development specialist at CruiseDeals.com. "I think we were nominated and received the award in the travel category because I try to offer real advice and information for people interested in taking a cruise and am very quick to respond to their questions."
CruiseDeals.com is using social networking Web sites to create a following of more than 1,400 cruise enthusiasts. Tucker and other CruiseDeals.com employees are providing useful information on to their Twitter followers, such as ship reviews, and hosting interactive contests that give away free cruises.
"Our goal is to offer up a fun and straightforward conversation about travel and cruising for passionate cruisers and to educate those new to cruising on their options," explained Jared Smith, General Manager of CruiseDeals.com. "We are using this new social technology to reach out and create relationships with potential cruisers and are thrilled by how many people are interested in the information we are providing."