Most of those contributions, he admits, come at the click of a mouse - and flick of a rather acerbic wit. But there's little doubt, this man saves lives.
"It's great, it's amazing," Gervais told the Mirror after the ceremony. "I almost started crying immediately."
The accolade, he added, was also kind of embarrassing, in light of the downright dangerous heroics of animal activists outside of social media.
"There are people that really do stuff and go out there and risk their lives and stuff," he said. "I do feel this is a tweeting award."