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Webby winners give (very) brief thanks

Five words to say thanks. That’s all the winners get. Most complied with the rule. A handful used additional verbiage. They should forfeit their prizes. But that’s just my opinion. Heck, they had preparation time. What makes them so special?

Welcome to the Webby Awards. This year was the thirteenth. Webbyawards.com has all the speeches. Speakers aren’t named, just organizations. Some are quite creative. (Four words is OK.)

Without further fanfare, some speeches:

“Wired wins another Webby, wow.” — Wired.com, copy/writing category.

“Thanks for pulling our pork.” — Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill, restaurant category.

“We love holding politicians accountable.” — FactCheck.org, politics category.

“Thank God Conan got promoted.” — Jimmy Fallon, variety category.

“Adopt, spay, neuter, Petfinder discovery.com” — Petfinder, mobile listings and updates category.

“Get on the crab, boys.” — Deadliest Catch: Real Dutch, film and video reality category.

“Read a freakin’ newspaper please.” — Detroit Free Press, sports category.

“Forget Obama, love your mama.” — Frontline/World Witness, news and politics series category.

“Happy fortieth birthday Sesame Street.” — Onion News Network, film and video writing category.

“William Tell Overture for life.” — Stormchasers, film and video editing category.

“Robot sharks with lasers in space.” — Wired.com, science category.

“Dude we got an A.” — Edutopia.org, education category.

“We rocked, we voted, thanks.” — Rock the Vote, activism category.

“Experience the world, every day.” — Lonely Planet, travel category.

“Making life safer for liberals.” — Guardian.co.uk, newspaper category.

“Woah! Robert Redford says howdy.” — Sundance Channel, movie and film category.

“Old dogs learning new tricks.” — TheAtlantic.com, magazine category.

“Our new site is thetravelsearchenginethatmakesfindingthebestdealswickedeasy.com.” — Kayak.com, travel category. (The site exists!)

“Thanks to our awesome quickers.” — Qik.com, best use of mobile video category.

“The world’s smallest radio tower.” — National Public Radio iPhone site, mobile news category.

“Brett Favre, get well soon.” — ESPN Mobile, mobile sports category.

“Brevity is the soul of …” — The Office, comedy: long form or series category.

“Susan Boyle wasn’t available.” — TheLadders.com, interactive advertising, media category.

“It’s not journalism that’s dying.” — The Big Picture, best use of photography category.

That’s all till next year.

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

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