According to Google, there are around 109,000,000 websites on the World Wide Web. This means if there were a book that consisted of only the homepages for every website, the book would be over 54 million pages long and 2.64 miles tall. That is a lot of websites, and unless you have way too much free time and incredible speed-reading abilities, I suggest skipping this theoretical book of websites and tuning in to the Webby Awards to discover the best and brightest websites of 2010. The Webby Award Show will be taking place in New York City on June 14th as the culmination of Internet Week, and is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Internet Week is a web-focused event that highlights participating sponsors and new technologies that are being introduced to the industry. The Webby Awards have been recognizing advancements in website design and functionality since 1997 and has celebrated websites that inspire innovational strides on the Internet. To name a few websites that have stood out over the years, the Webbys have been awarded to electroluxdesignlab.com for its ability to infuse technology and art, Ted.com for their innovative functionality and philanthropic missions and thisisgrow.com for their seamless ability to reach people in an entertaining and evoking manor. The best is yet to come, because this year 70 Webby Awards will be handed out to recognize outstanding achievements in website categories such as Activism, Art, Best Copy Writing, Humor, News, Sports, Youth based content, and many more. In each category, there will be a two types of awards given – the Webby, chosen by the members of IADAS, and the People’s Choice Award, chosen by AOL members who casted votes online. Now, here’s an interesting tidbit – The IADAS is comprised of creative mavericks like Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, to name a few. The Webby’s also add to the innovativeness of award shows by doing away with long drawn out “Thank You” speeches by forcing recipients of Webbys to give thanks in only 5 words.
No need to cue the orchestra, take a hint Oscars. For those who cannot wait until June to find out the most influential and groundbreaking websites of 2010, here is my list of the Top Twenty Websites of 2010, and a link where you can find the rest: BEST COPY/WRITING http://www.newyorker.com People’s Voice Winner http://www.nytimes.com BEST NAVIGATION/STRUCTURE http://www.hboimagine.com People’s Voice Winner http://wonderwall.com BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY http://thinkingspace.economist.com People’s Voice Winner http://photography.nationalgeografic BEST USE OF VIDEO OR MOVING IMAGE http://www.hboimagine.com People’s Voice Winner http://www.hboimagine.com CONSUMER ELECTRONICS http://www.inzending-award.nl/ People’s Voice Winner http://engadget.com CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS http://www.wk.com People’s Voice Winner http://www.ge.com/innovation/ NEWS http://www.nytimes.com People’s Voice Winner http://bbc.com/news RADIO/PODCASTS http://www.TED.com People’s Voice Winner http://www.npr.org/ SCIENCE http://jvsc.jst.go.jp/find/mindlab.com People’s Voice Winner http://climate.nasa.gov/ WEIRD http://www.selleckwaterfallsandwich.com People’s Voice Winner http://www.failblog.org To see all 70 websites that have been nominated as the best sites on the web, go to The Webby Awards page. Clearly there are some excellent sites on this year’s Webby list. Do you have a favorite site you think we should know about? Is there an award you don’t agree with? Post your thoughts below.