AOL Announces Nominees for Ninth Annual City's Best Program: Voting Now Open for 8,000 Nominated Restaurants, Bars and Venues in 40 Markets Across the U.S.; New Mobile Voting Lets Consumers Vote On the Go

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AOL announced the 8,000 nominees for City's Best 2008, which celebrates the best in local dining and nightlife across the country. Between now and July 10, consumers can vote for their favorite venues in categories such as Best Burgers, Best Cheap Eats, Best Romantic Restaurants, Best Sports Bars and many more. Special focus is also placed on local cuisine with categories including Best Delis in New York, Best Po' Boys in New Orleans, and Best Surf-Side Dining in Los Angeles, for example.

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Consumers rely on our comprehensive local entertainment guides to help find restaurants and things to do, and now we're inviting them to help us recognize the best of the best in their cities.

    Online voting for City's Best 2008 is open at http://www.aol.com/citysbest. New this year, participants can also go to http://wap.aol.com/citysbest from any Web-enabled mobile device to cast their vote for Best Restaurant and Best Bar in any of the 40 featured markets.(1)

The annual City's Best campaign is produced by AOL CityGuide, a leading online local entertainment guide.

"With 8,000 nominees in 40 markets and the addition of mobile voting, we expect this year's City's Best program will be our biggest yet," said Chris Spanos, General Manager, AOL Search Verticals. "Consumers rely on our comprehensive local entertainment guides to help find restaurants and things to do, and now we're inviting them to help us recognize the best of the best in their cities."

The addition of mobile voting illustrates growing consumer interest in accessing the breadth of AOL CityGuide's local information from mobile devices. Over the past year, mobile page views for AOL CityGuide have increased by 275% and traffic to the AOL CityGuide mobile site, http://wap.aol.com/cityguide, has grown by more than 50% since January 2008.(2)

City's Best nominations are based both on insights of the City's Best editorial team and user feedback. Consumers' votes and rankings determine which venues are chosen No. 1 in their categories.

For the complete list of City's Best 2008 nominees and to vote, please go to http://www.aol.com/citysbest. Winners will be announced on or after July 22, 2008.

About AOL CityGuide

AOL CityGuide (http://cityguide.aol.com) is a leading online local entertainment guide for people who want to know where to go and what to do in more than 300 cities across the U.S. Its information offerings focus on restaurants, bars and special events. AOL CityGuide is part of the AOL Local Network, which is the largest online local network with a monthly reach of 60 million unduplicated unique visitors.(3)

About AOL

AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the largest Internet access businesses in the U.S., and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC and its subsidiaries have operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.

(1) Fees for access, data or other charges may be imposed by the user's wireless carrier.

(2) AOL Internal Data, May 2008.

(3) comScore MediaMetrix, March 2008.

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