Open Web Awards - next stage of voting begins today

The next stage of the voting for finalists in the Open Web Awards begins today. Unfortunately, Mashable just sent out the code for voting last night and I'm traveling today, so I'll have to post it sometime later tonight. Obviously, you can also vote at the main Open Web Awards site.

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VOTE here for your favorite Social Search site in the Open Web Awards

Voting is now open for the "Social Search" category of the Open Web Awards (described here).  Please vote for your favorite site!  The 10 nominees are listed below and you will be able to vote up until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 16th. At that point, the top 3 choices will be selected and we’ll move into the final round of voting.

For more information, see the post on Mashable.com kicking off the voting in this category.

Mashable Open Web Awards
Category: Social Search
Sponsors:
Cohn & Wolfe PR & Mashable
Web Poll by Vizu

VOTE here for your favorite social news or social bookmarking site in the Open Web Awards

Voting is now open for the "Social News and Social Bookmarking" category of the Open Web Awards (described here).  Please vote for your favorite site!  The 10 nominees are listed below and you will be able to vote up until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 16th. At that point, the top 3 choices will be selected and we’ll move into the final round of voting.

For more information, see the post on Mashable.com kicking off the voting in this category.

Mashable Open Web Awards
Category: Social News and Social Bookmarking
Sponsors:
Cohn & Wolfe PR & Mashable
Web Poll by Vizu

VOTE here Applications and Widgets in the Open Web Awards

Voting is now open for the "Applications and Widgets" category of the Open Web Awards (described here).  Please vote for your favorite site!  The 10 nominees are listed below and you will be able to vote up until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 16th. At that point, the top 3 choices will be selected and we’ll move into the final round of voting.

For more information, see the post on Mashable.com kicking off the voting in this category.

Mashable Open Web Awards
Category: Applications and Widgets
Sponsors:
Cohn & Wolfe PR & Mashable
Web Poll by Vizu

VOTE here for Mainstream and Large-Scale Social Networks in Open Web Awards!

Voting is now open for the "Mainstream and Large-Scale Social Network" category of the Open Web Awards (described here).  Please vote for your favorite site!  The 10 nominees are listed below and you will be able to vote up until 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 16th. At that point, the top 3 choices will be selected and we’ll move into the final round of voting.

For more information, see the post on Mashable.com kicking off the voting.

Mashable Open Web Awards
Category: Mainstream and Large Scale Networks
Sponsors:
Cohn & Wolfe PR & Mashable
Web Poll by Vizu

Open Web Awards nominations are closed - stay tuned for the voting

The nomination phase of the Open Web Awards is now complete. Thank you for participating with nominations. I'll now be sending those along to the Mashable.com staff. Stand by for the actual voting which will begin soon. Thanks again to all of you who nominated sites.

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Open Web Awards - What sites would you nominate for "Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks"?

200711281322What sites would you nominate for "Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks" for the Open Web Awards? As I described earlier, this site is one of the places you can nominate candidate sites. Please do so by leaving a comment with the word "NOMINATE" at the beginning followed by a dash and the site name. For instance "NOMINATE - Facebook.com".

Mashable.com doesn't yet have a post out with specific guidance, but in the information that they have sent to us to date they have indicated that this is basically "anything else"... social networking sites for communications professionals, anyone? hobbyists? specific fan sites?

Feel free to nominate any kinds of social networking sites that you think might fit this broad category. Please feel free to make multiple nominations - and if someone else has already nominated your site, please feel free to leave another comment with the same nomination. (Mashable.com has asked us to pass along the number of nominations we receive for each site.

Let the nominating begin! (Nominations will be closed at 11:59PM Pacific time on Tuesday, December 4th)

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Open Web Awards - What sites would you nominate for "Social Search"?

200711281322What sites would you nominate for "Social Search" for the Open Web Awards? As I described earlier, this site is one of the places you can nominate candidate sites. Please do so by leaving a comment with the word "NOMINATE" at the beginning followed by a dash and the site name. For instance "NOMINATE - Facebook.com".

As noted in the Mashable.com post on this category:

Despite the never-ending barrage of Google news and the dominant market share of the top four search engines, dozens of startups think they can do a better job at helping you query the Web. In fact, we rounded up a list of more than 40 of them a few months ago, and I personally test drove six so-called “people search engines” back in July. After checking out our prior coverage and maybe giving a few social search sites a try of your own, pick your favorite and make a nomination!

What sites and services do you like best? Please feel free to make multiple nominations - and if someone else has already nominated your site, please feel free to leave another comment with the same nomination. (Mashable.com has asked us to pass along the number of nominations we receive for each site.

Let the nominating begin! (Nominations will be closed at 11:59PM Pacific time on Tuesday, December 4th)

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Open Web Awards - What sites would you nominate for "Social News and Bookmarking"?

200711281322What sites would you nominate for "Applications and Widgets" for the Open Web Awards? As I described earlier, this site is one of the places you can nominate candidate sites. Please do so by leaving a comment with the word "NOMINATE" at the beginning followed by a dash and the site name. For instance "NOMINATE - Facebook.com".

As noted in the Mashable.com post on this topic:

We see a lot of startups enter the social bookmarking scene on a regular basis, many of which are never to be heard from again. But a few new interesting entrants have emerged this year in the battle to take on the likes of Digg, Del.icio.us, and Reddit. A few notables include Mixx, who offers a pretty neat social news/start page mashup, Thoof, who takes a collaborative approach to social news, and Streamy, who has garnered a lot of attention for its flashy Digg rival, though still in private beta. Meanwhile, anyone can now quickly and easily create their own social bookmarking sites using services like Pligg and coRank. Are any of these worthy of an Open Web Award, or are the big boys still the best?

What sites and services do you like best? Please feel free to make multiple nominations - and if someone else has already nominated your site, please feel free to leave another comment with the same nomination. (Mashable.com has asked us to pass along the number of nominations we receive for each site.

Let the nominating begin! (Nominations will be closed at 11:59PM Pacific time on Tuesday, December 4th)

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Open Web Awards - What sites would you nominate for "Applications and Widgets"?

200711281322What sites would you nominate for "Applications and Widgets" for the Open Web Awards? As I described earlier, this site is one of the places you can nominate candidate sites. Please do so by leaving a comment with the word "NOMINATE" at the beginning followed by a dash and the site name. For instance "NOMINATE - Facebook.com".

This category is by far my favorite and I'm looking forward to seeing what sites people nominate. As noted in the Mashable.com post:

Late last year, Newsweek predicted that 2007 would be the year of the widget. Boy, were they right! Aside from the usual buzz that surrounds the likes of Google, Facebook, and MySpace, this year was dominated by stories of companies coming out of nowhere with distributed applications to become household (well, at least Web 2.0 household) names. In fact, even USA Today has caught on to the trend, highlighting the rise of companies like iLike, Slide, and RockYou in today’s edition.

While flash widgets for things like slideshows and scrapbooks were the big success story in the first half of the year, much of the focus in the space shifted to Facebook applications this summer, with developers building tools ranging from the trivial to attempts to turn the social network into a serious business tool. Then, just last month Google threw its hat in the ring with the announcement of OpenSocial, an effort to align virtually all of the other major social networks against Facebook in application development.

In short, this should be a wide open category with dozens if not hundreds of companies that feed into the social networking ecosystem to consider nominating.

What applications and widgets do you like best? Please feel free to make multiple nominations - and if someone else has already nominated your site, please feel free to leave another comment with the same nomination. (Mashable.com has asked us to pass along the number of nominations we receive for each site.

Let the nominating begin! (Nominations will be closed at 11:59PM Pacific time on Tuesday, December 4th)

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