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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Traffick Infinite Regression Awards 2009

"We love ourselves, don't we?" So said The Church Lady. And yes, lady, we do. We, the Internauti, the digeridoochebags who endlessly refer to ourselves in our posts/tweets/dead-trees-missives, etc. Even when our subject matter is that this or that form of media is a sinking ship.

The Reggies roll on.

Last year, Traffick revived the somewhat-annual Internet Internet Infinite Infinite (Keyword Stuffing) Regression Awards with the help of Matt Larkin, a fine budding writer who will someday fully get the hang of boasting about himself. But to cap off this pivotal Year to Forget, it's back to yours truly, the creator of the Reggies.

Without any further ado:

Best Tweet About an Article that Criticizes Tweeting: By the guy who tweeted about the New York Post article "Tweeting is so shilly". Note, among other things, an encrypted critique of The Huffington Post, found in the sessionid of the destination URL.

Best Blog Post About the "Death" of Blogging: This one that really hammers the scare quotes in there. It's from 2008, but we had to wait and see whether blogging actually died before we went ahead with this. Nyaaah nyaaaah, didn't die!

Best SERP for [search engine]: It's still Dogpile.com. Google has a sense of humor. Don't ever deny it. And no, my vintage Dogpile shirt is still not for sale.









Best, er, I mean lamest, Paid Search Ad that Gives Money to Google to Try to Salvage a Competing Search Engine's Market Share:
An AdWords ad for Bing. "Visit the Bing(TM) Official Site to Make Key Decisions Quick & Easy." WTF? I can see Obama's whole cabinet heading there right now, on the strength of that ad. Too bad George W. didn't have Bing to work with when he was The Decider. But it's not too late to take some endorsement cash. Move fast, sir. If you don't take the money, Shatner will.

Best SERP for [techmeme]: This cool Google result that shows popular recently-tweeted articles that are highlighted on Techmeme, giving credit to all of Twitter, Techmeme, and the New York Times for an article about the Blackberry's tenth anniversary. So in other words, it takes four media companies to give free PR to Research in Motion.













Fifth Most Controversial Post on Sphinn, About Sphinn (Chosen as Example Here Based on Prediction that Fewest Number of Commenters on the Thread Are Likely to Punch Me for Citing It): "Sphinn.com No Longer Belongs to the People":

Reason for Everyone's Unshakeable Childishness: Well, Sesame Street just turned 40.

Best Free Audiobook About Things Costing Nothing: Free, by Chris Anderson, on Audible.com. He charges $20,000 and up for keynote speeches.

Most Lifelike-Looking "Official Retweet Widget" that Is Not the Actual Quasi-Official Retweet Widget: The one at Retweet.com. The most-used one appears to be Tweetmeme.

Most Appropriately-Misunderstood Self-Referential Publication Name-in-Waiting: Memememe, or memememe.com, is generally rendered as "me-me-me-me!" Not surprising.

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