Webby Awards

In a few hours the winners of the 2010 Webby Awards will be announced. I had the geeky pleasure of going through each of the categories and selecting my favorites. This took me days and I didn't even get to all the entries that were parked on YouTube. It was easy to see which sites were front-runners in a category, with the leader board appearing immediately after pressing the vote button. What I found is that the sites that I liked best were generally in fourth place or dead last. Oh well. Clearly I have different tastes (and a significantly slower internet connection) than most other voters.

Toward the end I got sick of the obligatory Flash tickers counting slowly to 100% only to show some sort of ~edgy~ but confusing navigation. I gave votes to ones that tended to load site content right away.  First impressions count for a lot, and the sooner the website can make that impression, the better. Not that I have dial-up or anything but websites should  consider that not everyone has G3/ T3 connectivity all the time.

The sites that I found particularly interesting are listed below. I voted for several, but some were sites that caught my attention– just not as well as another in its category. I didn't automatically vote for the most popular sites. I purposely wanted to give each unknown site a fair share of my time and maybe throw it a vote of confidence (or whatever these votes count for) if it impressed me– good or not so good. Below are the standouts IMHO, in no particular listed order.

Banking site

Innovative entrepreneurial-marketing site

Sites I should visit more
http://mashable.com/ a popular social media news aggregate. I'm into social media. I should be into this site, right?
http://www.npr.org/ I listen to the radio station in my car, but I hardly have an urge to visit the site.
http://gigaom.com/ this site is new to me and worth going back to..
http://allthingsd.com/ another new to me site. I like the layout and it's easy to read.
http://designobserver.com/ I have this bookmarked, but how often do you go through your bookmarks? Exactly.
http://1000awesomethings.com/ I first saw this site as a nominee last year. I visited it the second time as it is one this year too.
http://www.truthdig.com/ I've heard about this site many times more than I've been to it.
http://www.colourlovers.com/ pretty colours, so why shouldn't I visit this again? See, I even used the British spelling of colours because the site has impressed me so.
http://www.folkways.si.edu/ music site with content I'd likely enjoy reading.
http://moneywatch.bnet.com/ money blog that I'd likely enjoy reading.
http://www.bitterlawyer.com/ never seen a lawyer-focused blog before. This could be interesting to revisit.
http://www.mnn.com/ I really enjoyed this site. I should definitely bookmark this– or something.
http://current.com/ I have this as a module on igoogle. I just don't visit the website proper very often. I should.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/us traveling interests me and so does this website.
http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/ over the hills and through the woods to Daryl's house we go.
http://brokensecrets.com/ things to say "who knew?" to.

Sites I would read if I could stand the font

Sites I should visit again but probably won't


Guilty-pleasure sites


Interactive or Game standout sites

http://machinarium.net/demo/ if you've played "Samorost" this is the next game by that company. same dealie.
http://www.mathmovesu.com/sum-of-all-thrills.aspx?AuthTicket=debug loads slowly but the flash loader is interactive and yay for roller-coasters!

Spend an hour on this site and change (or solidify) your financial outlook site
http://www.pbs.org/your-life-your-money/ give up one night of tv and watch the videos on this site instead. Worth your time.

Update: Winners have been announced!

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a digital media pro w/ lots to learn. just the way i like it. i read, write, and do things to make my inner kid proud. host of "a mad vox" podcast. View all posts by Madeline

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