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Open Web Awards Nominations: Social Search

As we mentioned earlier today, we’re now collecting your nominations for the Open Web Awards. This is your chance to nominate–and ultimately vote–for your favorite social networking sites.

Next up, we’re seeking your nominations for the best “Social Search.”

What type of site does that cover? Well, where do you search when you want the input of others? Are you a fan of Eurekster, Yahoo Answers, or Wink? Heck, it’s a broad category, so you could also nominate, ZoomInfo, Technorati, or Bloglines. Those would all be good examples.

To make your nomination simply leave a comment below with the following format:

NOMINATE – [site name here]

Please do put “nominate” in all caps, so we can spot your nomination more easily. Please, only one nomination per person, per category. Deadline for nominations is noon EST Tuesday December 4th.

Open Web Awards Nominations: Social News & Social Bookmarking

As we mentioned earlier today, we’re now collecting your nominations for the Open Web Awards. This is your chance to nominate–and ultimately vote–for your favorite social networking sites.

Next up, we’re seeking your nominations for the best “Social News & Social Bookmarking.”

What type of site does that cover? Well, where do you like to share your favorite links? Are you a fan of Digg, StumbleUpon, or del.icio.us? Those would be good choices.

To make your nomination simply leave a comment below with the following format:

NOMINATE – [site name here]

Please do put “nominate” in all caps, so we can spot your nomination more easily. Please, only one nomination per person, per category. Deadline for nominations is noon EST Tuesday December 4th.

Open Web Awards Nominations: Mainstream & Large Scale Networks

As we mentioned earlier today, we’re now collecting your nominations for the Open Web Awards. This is your chance to nominate–and ultimately vote–for your favorite social networking sites.

First up, we’re seeking your nominations for the best “Mainstream & Large Social Networks.”

What type of site does that cover? Well, you’ve got to think big! Are you a fan of MySpace, Facebook, or Beebo? Those would be good choices.

To make your nomination simply leave a comment below with the following format:

NOMINATE – [site name here]

Please do put “nominate” in all caps, so we can spot your nomination more easily. Please, only one nomination per person, per category. Deadline for nominations is noon EST Tuesday December 4th.

MySpace to Launch News Feeds a la Facebook

MySpace is working on a News Feed feature of its own, reminiscent of Facebook’s own feature, Reuters reports. And while Fox Interactive Media President Peter Levinsohn told Reuters the time line was 30-45 days, Michael Arrington reports that they’re coming a bit sooner than that. Try Thursday—except in Ireland and New Zealand, where they’ve already been testing it.

MySpace Friends UpdatesArrington has screenshots (right) of the eerily-familiar-looking mock up of the feed, which will be called Friends Updates. (Cryptic, I know.)

MySpace is prepared to thwart the potential backlash. If you don’t recall, over 100,000 people signed a petition against Facebook’s news feeds (no idea how many have signed the petition against Project Beacon/Social Ads).

Open Web Awards: Nominations Open Today

As we mentioned last week, Marketing Pilgrim has partnered with Mashable to help with the nominations and voting for this year’s Open Web Awards.

Over the course of today, we’ll give you the opportunity to nominate your favorite web site in these 3 categories:

  1. Mainstream and Large Scale Networks
  2. Social News & Social Bookmarking
  3. Social Search

Each category will have its own post with instructions on how to nominate your favorite web site. Between now and noon EST Tuesday December 4th, you’ll be able to leave a comment with your nomination. Once nominations are closed, we’ll tally the most nominated web sites, confer with Mashable, then open up voting for the winner on December 6th.

2nd Annual Online Customer Engagement Report Released

E-consultancy and cScape have just released their 2nd Annual Online Customer Engagement Report which takes an in-depth look at how companies plan to use the Web to engage their customers. The 57-page report surveyed 1000+ participants and is packed full of data that any marketer will find useful. Highlights include:

  • Online customer engagement now top priority as companies change marketing focus
  • Brands embrace widgets, social networks and video-sharing sites in bid to boost customer engagement
  • Digital industry leaders advise companies to pay attention to engagement.

There’s also expert analysis of the findings from Jim Sterne, Avinash Kaushik, and yours truly. Here’s what I had to say about the results.

Facebook Venturing into Politics Coverage

There has been some backlash against Facebook’s recently unveiled Social Ads during the first three weeks of its run, but Facebook is pushing ahead with its own agenda. Today, they announced a partnership with ABC News to bring political coverage to Facebook. As Facebook’s first partnership with a news organization, the deal could change the way that Facebook users think about politics.

Now, just providing political news wouldn’t be enough to make an impact, so Facebook and ABC News will be jointly sponsoring Democratic and Republican debates in New Hampshire. The debates are scheduled for January 5, three days before the state’s primary.

The New York Times covers the deal, noting that ABC News reporters have already been using Facebook as a way to communicate with their readers: