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Webby Awards Announced; Columnist's Ignorance Revealed

The 13th annual Webby Awards were announced this morning, spotlighting (what some observers consider) the best things to happen to the Web over the past year.

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These awards -- chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an organization of 663 online creative types around the world -- are nothing if not inclusive. This year's list of awards covers 72 categories, and that's only under the "Websites" heading; "Interactive Advertising" includes 16 categories of its own; "Online Film & Video," 29; "Mobile," 12. The Academy also hands out six "Special Achievement Awards" to people and sites.

(What, you didn't win a Webby Award?! Oh, wait, I didn't either. Blast!)

Scanning down these long lists of Webbies -- each coupled with a "People's Voice" winner -- made me painfully aware of just how big the Web is these days. Or, to put things less charitably, how out of touch I seem to be.

Of those 72 Web-site categories, for example, I'm pretty sure I've only been to 24 of the Webby winners. Even giving me a pass on topics that I shouldn't have any clue about -- say, "Beauty & Cosmetics" or "Fashion" -- you'd think I could have done better. Unfortunately, I recognized even fewer winning sites and services under the other Webby headings. Sigh.

Can you beat me at this game? Post your own "score" in the comments. How many of these sites do you remember visiting before? How many are part of your regular reading online?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  May 5, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
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Comments

How sad. I've only been to 8(!) of the best sites on the intarwebs. I guess I'better get surfing to catch up. There is not a site on the entire list, including nominees, that I view frequently. All of the listed sites I've visited have been rare drop-ins. Color me a loser.

Posted by: DrBeaker | May 5, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Only 8, and pretty ordinary ones.

Posted by: jmyers8888 | May 6, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Man, I must spend too much time on the computer. I got up to 23 without counting multiples lie NASA, JPF, NYTimes, Huffington Post, Onion, etc.
But you are right Rob, the web is big and specialized. We run the website for the professional society of fiber optics (http://www.thefoa.org/) and have created an online reference website for the schools we support and our certified technician members. Pretty esoteric, eh? Well we get tens of thousands of visitors every month.
That's what the web is good for!

Posted by: jeh1 | May 6, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If you averaged 100 new visits to active websites every single day since 1970 (resulting in about 1.5 million websites) you would visited just over 2% of the active websites on the internet today (over 70 million). So you are not out of touch, you just don't have enough minutes in your day.

Posted by: therealjohnmark | May 6, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

10 (16 counting People's Choice). Pathetic--but still better than Rob! Ha ha! :P

Posted by: idealist61 | May 6, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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