There’s a lot of really good stuff on the World Wide Web. And if you want a say in honoring the best, point your browser to the People’s Voice Award portion of the Webby Awards: (http://webby.aol.com/).
Nominees and honorees in more than 70 categories were announced today. Nearly 10,000 entries were received from every state and more than 60 countries. These were where whittled down to the honorees, which represent the 15 percent of entries deemed worthy of special recognition. They’re the semifinalists.
Voting begins today and runs through April 29. Each category has five finalists, representing the best of the best in four areas: Web sites; interactive advertising; film and video; and mobile Web.
A panel of judges from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an executive 750-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries, creative celebrities, associate members who are former Webby Award winners and nominees, and other Internet professionals decide the Webby Award winners. You (and I) decide the People’s Voice Award winners.
Winners will be announced May 4; the 14th-annual Webby Awards gala will follow June 14 in New York. This is one of my favorite award shows, as winners are limited to five-word acceptance speeches. No kidding. You can see some of the speeches from previous winners here: (http://www.webbyawards.com/press/speeches.php)
I really enjoy browsing through the finalists and voting for my favorites. There are always sites that surprise, refresh and inspire me. Creativity is alive and well online.
I’ll share with you some of the sites I like in the weeks ahead, as I move through the categories and cast my ballots. I hope you’ll do the same!
Watch Jake and Amir from CollegeHumor.com do an introduction to today’s Webby finalists announcement: