If you all remember, just about a week back I have announced that saadkamal.com is a partner of the Mashable 2nd Annual Open Web Awards. And I just want to remind everyone that the last date for Nomination is Sunday night, 11:59 pm PST (2:59 am Monday EST, 7:59 am Monday GMT).
I’m really excited to see who gets nominated for this year’s Open Web Awards. According to Adam Hirsch (COO of Mashable.com), this has been their biggest web awards ever with over 100 Mashable Blog Partners.
So I’ll take some time and highlight some of my own favorite sites that I feel should be nominated. Check them out and if you feel that they have what it takes to be nominated for the Open Web Awards of 2008 then simply nominate them using the widget provided at the end of this post. Remember time is ticking (Tick Toc Toc) and you have only about 24 hours before this nomination gets closed.
I must admit that I spend a lot of time in the social sites, because I’m a Information junkie. I really love to read and I personally believe that learning is like a never ending process, and you can never learn ‘enough’ about anything (No matter how good you are at it). There is always something new that comes up if you actually take some time to read what others are writing about the same subject. Social News sites are mostly designed in such a way that it makes finding relevant information/news very easy. Now there are certain obvious ones that I’m sure you have already heard of such as: Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Mixx etc. Since they will be getting a lot of votes naturally, I’d like to showcase some other alternate Social News sites that are nomination worthy:
Yahoo! Buzz is a basically a community-based news article website, similar to Digg. It combines the features of social bookmarking and syndication through a user interface that allows editorial control. Users can easily Buzz Up/Down a story, participate in discussion & share the story with their friends. This service was launched by Yahoo in February this year and in short period of time Yahoo Buzz has really created a big buzz among the community.
Some other social news websites are:
Truemors: Truemors is basically a social rumor news site which focuses on the publication of “true rumors that are relevant, informative, and interesting. Users can even post links anonymously via text, voicemail, web or email.
Plime: Plime is a pretty general news site which features a wide variety of topics ranging from religion and sports to technology or business. It has been seen that the Odd news performs really well in this community.
There are plenty of plugins that are useful and I appreciate all the hard work that the developers put in to create these plugins that make our blog look so cool! I will particularly write about two plugins that has helped thousands of blogs to enable bookmarking & sharing of their posts to
ShareThis is a easy to use blog plugin that lets you integrate several social media voting & distribution buttons under one single ShareThis Button. It allows bloggers to Increase their content distribution with much less clutter and also has option for free tracking.
Very similar to ShareThis, this plugin is widely used for easy Bookmarking & sharing of your content via the social sites. Its easily customizable and loads faster then the ShareThis Plugin.
I’m not sure how familiar are you with Social Search, but its something that has been there for quite some time already. The main difference between Social Search engines compared to any traditional search engine (e.g. Google) is that Social Search engines rely heavily on the social interactions & buzz in order to determine the relevance and ranking of a website. Some of the notable ones are:
Check out a comprehensive list of over 40 other Social Search sites.
Sharing photos on the Internet has been like a regular activity for many of us. Luckily there are so many paid & free photo sharing service out there that makes the task really simple & easy. The most popular ones are – Flickr, Photo Bucket, ImageShack and so on. But there is another photo sharing site that has recently caught my attention.
Smugmug is devoted to priceless photos, that is backed up to three data centers across the U.S. They currently have about 300,000 paying customers and 417,543,558 photos and counting.
Whether you are planning a holiday trip with your family or your honeymoon, the Travel portals really play a key role in your Trip planning and overall experience. According to a comScore study in 2007, booking travel over the Internet has become something of a nightmare for people. Why? Well its because over “Information Overload”. There are just too much information out there that makes planning a vacation really overwhelming. The travel portal that I’m about to share with you tends to solve that problem by using the Semantic Web Technology.
UpTake allows you to search over 1000 travel websites and 20 Million user opinions at once. There service is currently under beta and only open to US.
Checkout out 25 other Top Travel Websites reviewed by CNN
Social Shopping may be a new concept but its something that is growing rapidly. Companies have started to figure out the power of “social influence” in a buyer’s decision making process.
ThisNext is an interactive wish-list based social shopping network that works based on recommendation from real people. One can easily add or recommend different products and participate in discussion such as product reviews. Shoppers can create wish-lists with the direct ability to buy the items from ThisNext.
Check out the review of 18 other Social Shopping sites by Mashable.
Niche Social Network
I’m sure you are all familiar of different social networks that are out there: Facebook, Myspace, Orkut and so on. These social network are pretty “general” in nature, But the social networking site that I’m about to share with you here is pretty different than the ones that you are already using.
Ning is a social networking site that lets its users to create any niche social network about anything! So if you like gardening, you can open up or join a niche social network about gardening in Ning. Users have already created over thousands of small social networks on various topics that anyone can join.
There are hundreds of music sites that are worth mentioning here. But two of my personal favorites are:
Last.Fm is a UK based Online Radio and Music Community that was founded way back in 2002. It currently has over 21 million active users from over 200 countries. Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user’s musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, thus it can also recommend you the type of music that you may like.
Blip.Fm allows you to become a DJ and discover new music on the fly. You can listen to a continuous stream of songs and DJ your own music station.
Nominate Your Favorite Sites for 2nd Annual Open Web Awards
Now its your time to nominate your favorite sites that truely deserves an Award in any of the 52 available categories. The nomination process if very simply, just use the following widget to choose a category and include the URL or the name of the company whom you wish to nominate. Please note that you may only nominate one-site for each category. Be sure to Use a valid email address as you will have to click on a confirmation link that you will receive via email in order to confirm your nomination.
The Nomination closes in the next 24 hours!