We had a party and tweeted about it: Westword #WebAwards winners!
Best Blog Post of the Year: Maes okays yanking negative Facebook posts.
In a year where politicians did this often -- Sarah Palin perhaps the most obvious example -- this local version of social media censorship was called out often. This item by the Denver Post showcases a local angle on a national trend. It wouldn't make the print version of papers, but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading by a long shot.
Best Westword.com Commenter: DenverScener@gmail.com
Ah yes, his grumpy calling-out of musicians, writers or promoters showed no allegiance to factions or sides. For stirring the pot on Backbeat the past few years, and generally remaining anonymous while doing so, Scener is our Westword.com commenter of the year.
Best Local Celebrity Twitter Account: Tim Tebow.
Yes, Tebow. He's just downright boring at times, but he's Tim Tebow. Tebow. So we follow him. They should rename it Tweeber instead of Twitter.
Best Fake Local Celebrity Twitter Account: @NotJayCutler
How do we keep up with Twitter accounts of athletes who've gone to other cities? We can follow their real Twitter accounts, but that's no fun -- just look at Tim Tebow -- or we can follow accounts like @NotJayCutler. "Holy shit, I'm playing right now." is a prime tweet from October 24.
Best Denver Redditor: http://www.reddit.com/user/pholland167.
A member of the one-year club on this web community, He's a frequent commenter on the site. Kudos sir!
Best Denver Digger: http://digg.com/vtbarrera.
Nearly 100,000 diggs on the social news site, 3,528 comments and dozens of front page stories on the site. Victor Barrera.
Best Denver Farker: Marc, the man behind Denver's Fark parties.
Best Use of Twitter by Government Agency or Politician: FreshCityLife
It's a library program that has a lot of interesting public events, and the feed is pretty lively and helpful.
Best .Gov Website (Best governmental website or department): http://denverlibrary.org/
Government Websites are notorious for being confusing labyrinths of dead links, old information and as full of as much bureaucracy as well, the actual government. Just ask any reporter doing an investigative story. However, that stops with library websites, where information is easy to find, plentiful and, dare we say it, helpful and easy. The Denver Public Library is no exception when it comes to user experience.
Best Use of Social Media by a Campaign/Policy Effort: Ryan Johnson of HickenlooperforColorado.com.
Campaigning in 2010 is as much about social media as it is about stump speeches. Johnson proved he's more than capable during the last Colorado Gov election, helping turn a mayor into a governor. He kept it positive and kept Hickenlooper's voice in the e-mails. Well done.
Best Flickr Pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/denverzoo/
This group is 250 people strong and includes 4,450 images, all from the Denver Zoo. You could spend hours clicking through and examining the photos -- which is not to say you shouldn't go to the zoo itself. And is it a just a PR tool? Not really, as they spell out: "This site is in no way endorsed, supported by, nor affiliated with the Denver Zoo. No representation is intended."
Best Designed Site : Red Citizen Design
Is it any surprise a website designing company has the best-designed web site? With bold graphics and attention-grabbing construction, the moving parts of Red Citizen Design still remain seamless.
Best Photo of the Year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artofthepresent/4971329079/
Watchers of the FourMile Canyon fire. The composition of this shot is dreamy, with two women watching the fire in the valley below. For its storytelling ability and artful composition, this is our favorite online photo of the year. By Drew Levin.
Best Local YouTube Video: Was there any question this year? Yes, Colorado Girls is our winner. Whether you hated it or loved it, you couldn't argue with the 781k views it received.
Best Talk Podcast : Denver Diatribe.
A newsy, magazine-like podcast that covers a variety of topics, DD is akin to a city magazine that's on the air, or rather, through the wires: "A weekly podcast about culture, news and stuff as it pertains to Denver, CO, the most interesting city between Omaha and Salt Lake City."
Nominees: southstandsdenver.com, johndoeradio.com, one-track-mind.com/category/the-hidden-track-podcast, Tokin Daily -- State of the herb address.
Best "Potcast": Cannabis news and views -- and action! John Doe Radio is a weekly podcast on the policies of pot.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Merton.
Yes, Merton, the improv piano player whose videos went viral, got him on international news and yes, even earned him his own Wikipedia page that wasn't deleted immediately. Congrats, sir.