Wetpaint Reaches the Million Free Website Mark

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Wetpaint hosting inaugural Golden Paint Can Awards to honor the best sites in its network now encompassing over one million free, social websites.

Wetpaint, the leader in social publishing, announces it has surpassed a significant milestone: over one million free, social websites have been created on the Wetpaint platform. The one-millionth site on the network was started by a soon-to-be 50-year-old organizing his destination birthday celebration with family and friends in Key West, Fla.    

"The one-million site milestone is just the starting point for Wetpaint and the social publishing trend," said Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint. "The way people use websites is changing. More every day, they want to interact on the sites they visit - creating, collecting and organizing content online. We're honored that overwhelmingly they choose Wetpaint to do so."

Since the company's June 2006 launch, Wetpaint users in 177 countries have created nearly eight million pages of socially published content on subjects as varied as James Bond, the 2008 elections, Anatomy 101, and more.    

Sites such as these are representative of the more than 2,500 sites created daily on the Wetpaint network. Free of charge with best-in-class editing features and social networking capabilities, Wetpaint has discovered the formula to inspire and empower everyday Internet users to publish together online to the tune of over half a billion collective contributions worldwide.

The 2008 Golden Paint Can Awards
To commemorate the one-million site milestone and celebrate the best sites and contributors across the Wetpaint network, Wetpaint is hosting the first annual "Golden Paint Can Awards."

The awards feature a roundup of the 70 best sites nominated across 15 categories, including: "Heart & Soul - Best Cause Site," "Mating, Dating & Relating - Best Romance Site" and "Weird and Wonderful - Best Site that Defies Description."

Wetpaint will determine award winners by three methods: judges' choice, community voting and statistical data. Participating judges include Sam Decker of Bazaarvoice, Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz, Matt Harding of wherethehellismatt.com, Lee LeFever of CommonCraft, the editorial staff of BuddyTV and other notable online personalities.

Voting has already begun and concludes at midnight EDT on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Wetpaint will announce winners the following day, Wednesday, July 23.

To view the nominees and vote for your favorite Wetpaint sites, visit the Golden Paint Can Awards website.

About Wetpaint
Wetpaint is the leader in social publishing. With the world's largest network of over one million social sites and partnerships with major brands such as Dell, The Discovery Channel, Fox, HP, HTC, Showtime, and T-Mobile, Wetpaint offers the industry's most proven social publishing platform for mainstream users and businesses alike. Wetpaint is backed by Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, Frazier Technology Ventures, and Trinity Ventures. For media inquiries, contact Kevin Flaherty at 206-859-6300 or kevin @ wetpaint.com.


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