Thursday, June 15, 2006

Webbys Wow with Wicked Wit

It had to be a five-word headline.

On Tuesday night, the Webby awards once again engaged us by highlighting some of the best work in the digital world, honoring the coolest Web sites (or websites if you prefer) and the innovators behind them. They're chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

The awards are famous for their five-word acceptance speeches, and this year's did not disappoint. My favorites below:

"The world really is flat."
- Thomas Friedman, NYT columnist and author (Webby Person of the Year)

"Make UNICEF obsolete. Help kids."
- Anne Venneman, UNICEF executive director and former US Secretary of Agriculture (Webby People's Voice for Best Charitable Organization)

"Darlings. Make blogs, not war."
- Arianna Huffington, HuffingtonPost (Webby Award for Best Political Blog)

"Everything you think is true," said Prince (winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award)

"Babycenter. You push, we deliver."
- BabyCenter (Webby People's Voice for Best Family/Parenting)

"We are eating this up."
- Epicurious.com (Webby Award for Best Food)

"Because everyone has a story."
- NPR: StoryCorps (Webby People's Voice for Living/Events)

"We're deeper than Deep Throat"
- washingtonpost.com (Webby People's Voice for Newspaper)

"Note to self: update resume"
- Monster Career Advice (Webby People's Voice for Employment)

"Mark Cuban is not here."
- Bill Simmons on behalf of Mark Cuban (Webby Entrepreneur of the Year)

"Because some hotels really suck."
- TripAdvisor (Webby People's Voice for Community)

"I proposed, Elizabeth said 'yes.'"
- Dave Kerr, DaveLovesElizabeth.com (Webby People's Voice for Best Personal Web Site)

"I know all your secrets."
- PostSecrets.org (Webby Award for Best NetArt)

"Please obey all speed limits."
- Mercedes-AMG by Razorfish / Avenue A (Webby Award for Best Automotive)

A list of all speeches can be found here.

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