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Webby Awards Part Deux

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The Webby Awards are the Oscars of the Web, as decided by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science. If you don’t believe me you can check out the Web site at www.webbyawards.com.

Not only do the Webby’s help to push the Internet medium to higher standards in terms of design and content, they also showcase a lot of cool and useful sites that you might not otherwise visit.

That said, last week, I covered Webby categories from Activism to Broadband. Only 27 more categories to go, starting with…

Commerce

Amazon.com – www.amazon.com

Amazon.com is somewhat of an anachronism in e-commerce. While many brick and mortar stores have an online sales components, Amazon.com is completely online. There are no stores, no clerks, store managers, no property costs, and the savings are passed on to customers. There is a wide variety of products to choose from, from books and music to furniture and toys.

Art.com – www.art.com

Art.com specializes in posters, art prints, original art, decorative wall coverings, and wallpaper. While this site is highly specialized, the selection is huge and shopping is fun and easy.

Fresh Direct – www.freshdirect.com

It’s not available in Canada, but Fresh Direct is an online grocery store that delivers, with an emphasis on organics and handmade products like cheeses.

RedEnvelope.com – www.redenvelope.com

Red Envelope is an e-commerce site that specializes in the kinds of gifts that you might give your mother, with a new lineup of specials in time for every holiday and occasion.

The Tire Rack – www.tirerack.com

The Tire Rack sells car tires of all makes and models, including specialty tires for racing, off-roading, and other unique uses.

Community

BBC Video Nation – www.bbc.co.uk/videonation/

Video Nation is a collection of movies submitted by ordinary people about their experiences. The pieces are very personal, often hilarious, and deal with a lot of quirky and contemporary issues.

Geocaching – www.geocaching.com

Geocaching is a new outdoor craze for the GPS set. Basically, it’s a global Easter egg hunt, as people hide things in wild places and post GPS locations on this Web site. Explorers can search through the list of more than 51,000 cached items in 171 countries – some in well-known areas, and some quite remote – and find the items. All they have to do is leave another reward for the next GPS explorer to come that way.

LiveJournal.com – www.livejournal.com

LiveJournal is a kind of online diary where you can enter information from anywhere in the world, and share your posts with a select group of friends with the right access code.

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