10/05/2007

STUFF, SLINGSHOT, GAMEPLANET IN NETGUIDE AWARDS

An interesting mix of winners in last night's NetGuide Web Awards.

The full list of winners is on Scoop. I'm glad the Herald picked up the award for best website relaunch, but it missed out in the big award to Stuff, which won best media website (probably deservedly, just) and best homepage (undeservedly so, seeing as they've hived off much of the useful stuff to Trademe).

Trademe has a smattering of wins, including not surprisingly, best trading website, and was a finalist all over the place, but lost out in the People's Choice award to Smilecity.co.nz.

Slingshot was, I think, a surprise win as best ISP. Publicaddress.net deservedly picked up best blog award and TVNZ's OnDemand video streaming service won it the best high-bandwidth website award.

Good to see GPstore.co.nz, the gaming website, picking up best retailer (Ferrit and Ascent were the finalists). GPStore is a great website and the Gameplanet site backs it up well with a good community forum.

Overall, the awards show the diversification of the NZ interweb in some categories (social networking, trading, employment), but its immaturity in others (online shopping).

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