Webby thoughts in five words: Brief speeches leave me awed


The 14th annual Webby Awards have landed. The best of the best of the Web include an Internet pioneer and a public-school chorus that’s been seen on YouTube more than 18 million times.

Although they’re supposed to be limited to just five words, some acceptance speeches went longer. Some are funny, some poignant and some just left me wondering.

The Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an executive 750-member body of leading Web experts, and associate members who are former Webby Award winners and nominees and other Internet professionals.

Watch the Webby Awards online at: (www.youtube.com/webby) and see all the winners at: (www.webbyawards.com).

Back to the five-word speeches. Here are my favorites:

■ “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” — Vinton Cerf, lifetime achievement award.

■ “Five words ... OK ... Super- califragilisticexpialido- cious” — Public School 22 Chorus, New York City, artist of the year award.

■ “Me, you, P.S. 22 dance party.” — Amy Poehler, best actress award.

■ “The gray lady wears Prada.” — The New York Times Style Magazine, fashion category.

■ “A Webby! Yeah, yeah, yeah!” — TheBeatlesRockBand.com, games-related category.

■ “Cookie ate word five ... yum!” — SeasameStreet.org, family/parenting category.

■ “Save the Gulf Coast birds.” — All About Birds, lifestyle category.

“God, please blog for Beliefnet.” — Beliefnet, religion and spirituality category.

■ “Kids think oil spills suck.” — National Geographic Kids, youth category.

■ “The revolution will be Photoshopped.” — Adobe Brilliant, IT hardware-software category.

■ “Wow. Wonga won a Webby.” — Wonga.com, banking/bill paying category.

■ “Who needs five words? Aflaaaaaac!” — Aflac, insurance category.

■ “My government job is cool.” — NASA website, government category.

■ “Hot vampires equal marketers dream.” — HBO “True Blood,” integrated campaigns category.

■ “Any book, anytime, anywhere.” — Barnes & Noble Bookstore app for iPhone, mobile marketplace and services category.

■ “Popular doesn’t always mean good.” — Mubi, movie and film category.

■ “Finally, the French win something.” — Snapshots of Provence, tourism category.

■ “Oxygen, food, water, sleep, Zillow.” — Zillow.com, real estate category.

■ “Mint. Saving millions for millions.” — Mint.com, financial services category.

■ “Photos! Photos! Photos! Photos! Thanks.” — Life.com, best home/welcome page category.

Share your Internet story with me at agibes@reviewjournal.com.

 

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