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.
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?
May 5, 2009; 12:21 PM ET
Categories: The Web , The business we have chosen
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