The Open Web Awards are now open for nominations until the 6th December, and this stage of the proceeding is quite open plan.
The current 28 blogging partners (increasing daily) have been provided with a list of categories to accept nominations for, and it is down to each blog to decide how to proceed with collecting nominations, whether to make individual posts for each category, or to handle things from a single post.
Voting will take place in a much more refined manner.
- Mainstream and Large Scale Networks
- Applications and Widgets
- Social News and Social Bookmarking
- Social Search
- Sports and Fitness
- Photo Sharing
- Video Sharing
- Start Pages
- Places and Events
- Social Shopping
- Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks
As I loosely focus on niche marketing, with an emphasis on WordPress, Blogging and SEO I am hoping that we can get some nominations for some of the more niche players.
Blog widgets for instance unfortunately haven’t got their own category, and the same is true of more niche services for blogging such as for comment presentation and monitoring.
It has been suggested to me that those services will most likely fit under widgets or the niche services.
Widgets is likely to be dominated by Facebook applications from many of the mainstream blogs, so this is really your chance to help some of more blogging related widgets gain some exposure.
I am not sure where monetization widgets fit in, probably in the same categories, even though some social shopping widgets allow you to add an Amazon or Commisson Junction ID.
How To Nominate
We are going to make this easy to avoid multiple comments
I am going to allow up to 3 nominations for each category, just add an additional line with a nomination if you want to nominate say more that one widget or niche social network.
Just because someone else has already nominated a site doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also nominate it. If they end up with nominations for 100s of different widgets, I am sure there will have to be some filtering, so your additional votes will be important.
I have made it easy to copy and paste the code, and even included an extra line for both widgets and the niche social networks.
If you don’t want to nominate a service for a particular category, then just delete the line.
We will also be looking for nominations over on Collective Thoughts soon, and I expect my colleagues will say a few words to slant voting in different directions.
Update 5th December
Comments Are Now Closed so I can send nominations through to the guys at Mashable