The sheer volume of sites we discovered was astounding, and new projects are created every day that improve the way we do things now
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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 28, 2006 -–
SEOmoz, a leading Internet marketing and SEO consultancy, today announced the winners of the first annual SEOmoz Web 2.0 Awards, which honors hundreds of sites and applications breaking new ground on the Web. Craigslist, Technorati, StumbleUpon, Blummy and 19 other sites took top honors in their respective markets, and over 300 more are recognized for their innovation.
Established to highlight and champion pioneering sites that embrace Web 2.0’s philosophy, the Web 2.0 Awards help define the emerging area known for fusing new technology and social expression, empowering users to do more with the Internet. Contributors to the awards included a diverse range of industry leaders, including Danny Sullivan of SearchEngineWatch, Emily Chang of eHub, Michael Eisenberg, Partner of Benchmark Capital and Newsweek reporter Brad Stone.
"The phenomenon of Web 2.0 is fast becoming an integral part of the innovation and direction of web development,” said Rand Fishkin, CEO and Co-Founder of SEOmoz. “SEOmoz is proud to honor these visionaries, and the breadth of our list reflects how infectious this trend has become. We hope that the Web 2.0 Awards serve not only as a platform to applaud ingenuity online, but also as a catalogue of life-improving references that will grow and evolve. “
The more than 30 categories range from bookmarking, games, peer production news, social tagging and mapping to philanthropy, travel, real estate and visual arts. SEOmoz awarded honors based on five unique criteria – usability, usefulness, social aspects, design and content quality. SEOmoz’s Web 2.0 Awards Winners include:
Founders and executives of winning sites, including Craig Newmark of Craigslist and Dave Sifry of Technorati, shared details of the genesis of their projects and thoughts about the future of the Web 2.0.
Interviews can be found at http://web2.0awards.org, along with the full list of winners and a brief history of Web 2.0.
“StumbleUpon is thrilled to receive this honor from SEOmoz, and take our place among other industry leaders who are shaping the future of the Web,” said Garrett Camp, Co-Founder of StumbleUpon. “The Web 2.0 Awards are a truly exhaustive ‘hot list’ of the countless advancements happening on the web, and they demonstrate the value these developments bring to users around the world. We are delighted to be recognized for helping create a more intelligent and social web.”
For the purposes of the awards, SEOmoz has defined Web 2.0 as integrating:
- User generated and/or user influenced content
- Innovative Web-based applications (vs. desktop applications)
- Emerging trends including blogging, social tagging, wikis, peer-to-peer sharing and mashups
- New web technologies such as RSS, XML, AJAX, Ruby on Rails
- User-oriented "create your own" APIs or open-source frameworks
“The sheer volume of sites we discovered was astounding, and new projects are created every day that improve the way we do things now,” said Kat Ortland, Project Manager of SEOmoz and lead researcher for the Web 2.0 Awards. “We designed the Web 2.0 awards to honor and provide exposure for creative content, and track exciting new projects from their infancy. Some of these sites will grow up to be the Next Big Thing on the web.”
Nominations are currently being accepted for next year’s Web 2.0 Awards at http://web2.0awards.org/nominate.php.
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