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Voting is now open for the About Web Search Readers' Choice Awards!

By February 12, 2011

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Voting is over, and the winners have been announced! Check out the About Web Search Readers' Choice Awards: The Final Results, and congratulations to all the winners!

There were literally hundreds of nominations that came pouring in for the About Web Search Readers' Choice Awards, and five lucky Web sites in each of ten different categories made it through. Voting is now closed. You can still give us your opinion of the best Web sites.

About Web Search Readers' Choice Categories

Search Engines: The nominees for the Best Search Engine are as follows:

  • Google: Google is consistently the most popular search engine on the Web, and with good reason: it delivers quality results in record time.
  • Bing: Although Bing is a relative newcomer to the search engine scene, it has gained a mass following with its innovative search strategies.
  • DuckDuckGo: An incredibly useful search engine with a somewhat silly name, DuckDuckGo has gained loyal followers with its many special search features.
  • Dogpile: Dogpile has been around for a long time, and continues to deliver quality search results with useful, convenient features.
  • Yahoo: Yahoo's been around for a long time in Web years, and is consistently one of the highest-trafficked sites on the Web.

Best Reference Sites: The nominees for the Best Reference Site are as follows:

  • Wikipedia: Wikipedia is one of the best all around reference sites on the Web, with literally hundreds of thousands of entries covering an astonishing array of topics.
  • JustAnswer: JustAnswer is a useful question and answer site that connects experts with Web searchers.
  • TheFreeDictionary: TheFreeDictionary.com is a really useful Web site that collates all sorts of useful reference content into one convenient place.
  • About.com: About.com is one of the oldest and widely used reference sites on the Web, offering expertly guided topic sites in a wide range of categories.
  • Wolfram Alpha: Wolfram Alpha has gained many loyal followers with its quick answers to extremely complicated questions.

Multimedia Sites: The nominees for the Best Multimedia Site are as follows:

  • YouTube: YouTube was one of the first video sites on the Web, and it's still going strong with millions of new videos added every month.
  • Hulu: Hulu is a fantastically useful site with hundreds of high quality videos, TV channels, and full length movies to choose from.
  • IMDB: The Internet Movie Database is the largest database of movie information on the Web. Actor information, movie trailers, movie quotes, etc. can all be found here.
  • Clicker: Clicker aims to collect all the multitudes of online multimedia into one convenient place, making it easy for Web searchers to find what they're looking for, fast.
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten Tomatoes offers a wealth of information related to movies, including an extensive movie review database.

Family/Kids Sites: The nominees for the Best Family and Kids Sites are as follows:

  • Disney: Beloved characters, movie and parks information, interactive games, what's not to love?
  • Nick Jr: Games and activities for the preschool set.
  • PBS Kids: Curious George, Sesame Street, and Dr.Seuss offer a wide array of games and activities for kids.
  • National Geographic Kids: The venerable magazine offers a solid selection of high quality content for children.
  • The Hub: A video site created just for kids, with cartoons, games, polls, and puzzles.

Shopping Sites: The nominees for the Best Shopping Site are as follows:

  • eBay: eBay is one of the oldest and most popular auction sites on the Web.
  • Amazon: Amazon is the largest retail site online, offering millions of products in thousands of categories.
  • Groupon: Groupon offers daily deals in your local area for restaurants, clothing stores, spas, etc.
  • Zappos: Need shoes? You'll want to check out Zappos, which has extended its reach recently to clothing as well.
  • Etsy: Etsy is a fantastic marketplace of homemade goods from all over the globe.

Productivity Sites: The nominees for the best productivity site are as follows:

  • Conduit: Conduit gives Web publishers the ability to create useful applications their readers/users can use to access their content more readily on the Web or on a mobile device.
  • Lifehacker: Lifehacker publishes dozens of "lifehacks", tips and tricks to make life more streamlined, every day.
  • Google Docs: Google Docs is an incredibly useful suite of spreadsheet tools offered for free online from Google.
  • Genieo: Genieo is a free personalized Web homepage you can customize with your own content.
  • Mint: Mint is a free online financial management site that helps users budget, invest, and plan where their money is going.

Humor/Games Sites: The nominees for the Best Humor and Games Site are as follows:

  • Games.com: The name says it all; games, puzzles, word games, and lots more.
  • Joe-ks: One of the oldest sources of humor on the Web. Includes trivia, riddles, and a section just for kids.
  • The Onion: Satire of popular events, political happenings, people in the news.
  • College Humor: Videos, funny photos, jokes, and humorous articles.
  • I Can Has Cheezburger: Pictures of cats with community-submitted captions.

News Sites: The nominees for the Best News Site are as follows:

  • Fox: Popular pundits, background information, and more;  Fox News offers up to the minute coverage of breaking news events.
  • CNN: Worldwide news, deep coverage of political happenings, and live streaming news available here.
  • Yahoo News: Collated news from many different sources on a wide range of topics.
  • BBC News: The venerated news outlet is a trusted source for thoughtful coverage of global events.
  • The Drudge Report: Hundreds of daily news sources and daily "scoops" that other news outlets don't always catch.

Music Sites: The nominees for the Best Music Site are as follows:

  • YouTube: YouTube is a great place to find music videos, independent artists, and soundtracks.
  • iTunes: iTunes offers free streaming radio stations, podcasts, a music store, videos, and lots more.
  • Pandora: Create your own radio stations with Pandora, a free streaming music application you can listen to anywhere.
  • Grooveshark: Grooveshark helps you find music you want to listen to, create and share playlists, and find background information on your favorite artists.
  • Last.FM: Last.FM creates personalized music stations for you based on your unique preferences.

Social Media Sites: The nominees for the Best Social Media Site are as follows:

  • Facebook: Facebook is the most popular social networking site on the Web today.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn brings a professional twist to social networking.
  • Twitter: Twitter is a massively popular micro-blogging site that you can use to update your status, connect with family and friends, and stay updated on news and events.
  • Reddit: Reddit is a lively community-driven site wherein users submit content and then discussions arise about that content.
  • Multiply: You can use Multiply to network with friends and family, shop, and even sell your expertise and/or products.

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