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Monday, September 12, 2011

SF Weekly Web Awards Party 2011: Pictures and Winners

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

HANNA QUEVEDO
  • Hanna Quevedo

We got our weekend off to a great start on Friday, September 9, with the SF Weekly Web Awards party at 111 Minna. Bloggers, app makers, Twitter addicts, and all kinds of people who have "social media" in their job title rubbed shoulders, enjoying some adult beverages, fair trade vodka, Bacon Bacon delicacies, and tasty treats from Heartbakers. Check out our full slideshow of the SF Weekly Web Awards here.

Also, whoever stole Brian Wilson's plaque for Best Media Personality Twitter: nicely done. Also: give it back.

The Reader's Choice Winners, and a full list of winners and nominees after the jump.

Once the party got underway, we announced the winners of our Reader's Choice Awards, which were picked thanks to thousands of votes of SF Weekly readers. They were:

READER'S CHOICE

Best San Francisco Meme

Winner: Fear the Beard

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Runner Up: Frank Chu

Runner Up: #munifail

Most Shameless Self Promoter

Winner: "Broke-Ass Stuart

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Runner Up: Beth Spotswood

Runner Up: Chicken John

Most Useful App for San Franciscans

Winner: Yelp

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Runner Up: Ike's Place Ordering App

Runner Up: Scout Mob

Sexiest Geek

Winner: Veronica Belmont

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Runner Up: Darya Pino

Runner Up: Sonia Mansfield

Wild Card: Nominate Anyone for Anything

Winner: Ben Parr: Coolest social media geek

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Runner Up: Before Now: Best feature at the Ocean Beach Bulletin

Runner Up: Necessary Conversation: Best webshow

Congrats to everyone who was nominated, and our sincere thanks to our judges, sponsors, and everyone else who made this possible. You can check out a full gallery of pics from the party, as well some nifty slides announcing all the winners (which, we should say, winners should feel free to grab and use on their own sites). See you all next year!

Up Next: A full list of winners and nominees for the SF Weekly Web Awards 2011.

Our judges were:

  • Blag Dahlia, lead singer of the Dwarves, author of the novels Armed to the Teeth with Lipstick and Nina, host of punk podcast RadioLikeYouWant.com
  • Isaac Fitzgerald, managing editor at the Rumpus
  • Reyhan Harmanci, culture editor at the Bay Citizen
  • Brock Keeling, editor-in-chief of SFist
  • Kevin Montgomery, founder of Uptown Almanac
  • Anthony Myint, co-founder of Mission Street Food, Commonwealth, and Mission Chinese Food
  • Iso Rabins, founder of ForageSF and SF Underground Market
  • Beth Spotswood, blogger for SFGate, writer for CBS San Francisco.com, co-host of Necessary Conversation
  • Eric Steuer, Creative Commons senior adviser, Wired correspondent, and musician/producer/remixer
  • Owen Thomas, editor-in-chief of the Daily Dot, former executive editor of VentureBeat, founding editor of Valleywag

With their expert help, we present our finalists and winners for the SF Weekly Web Awards 2011.

NEWS

Best Breaking News Twitter

Winner: @sfappeal

"The Appeal is not afraid to, you know, tell it like it is, for lack of a better cliche. They always get the story first and do it without self-conscious or affected writing." -- Brock Keeling.

Finalists:

@TheBayCitizen

@huffpostsf

Best Local Politics Blog

Winner: Usual Suspects

"The US is a master of aggregation. They've got such a profoundly nerdy addiction to local political news, it is both scary and incredibly useful." -- Beth Spotswood.

Finalists:

Fog City Journal

Baghdad by the Bay

Best Media Personality Twitter

Winner: Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38)

Winner: "Brian Wilson is a fucking legend. Who can resist his thoughts on dubstep and celebrities shaving their beards?" -- Kevin Montgomery

Finalists:

Mat Honan (@mat)

Broke-Ass Stuart (@brokeassstuart)

Best Public Transit Blog

Winner: Muni Diaries

"Such a great idea and so well executed. It's always interesting and sometimes exciting, much like the smells on the Muni." -- Issac Fitzgerald.

Finalists:

N Judah Chronicles

SF Streetsblog

Best San Francisco Giants Blog

Winner: McCovey Chronicles

"Mere words cannot describe how much this site shines. It oozes the frustrating relationship one must have in order to be a Giants fan. A must." -- Brock Keeling.

Finalists: Andrew Baggarly's Extra Baggs

Giants Nirvana (formerly Splashing Pumpkins)

MUSIC

Best Band Twitter

Winner: Zoe Keating (@zoecello)

"I'm a fan of all these artists, but Zoe does the best job actively engaging with fans, spreading interesting news, and keeping her Twitter followers plugged in to what she's up to." -- Eric Steuer.

Finalists:

Girls (@GIRLSsf)

The She's (@theshesmusic)

Best Local Concert List Site

Winner: The List

"The List -- it's a staple of the Bay Area underground, it's noncommercial, and it covers everything from small house shows to huge festivals. That's how the S.F. music scene should be." -- SF Weekly music editor Ian Port.

Finalists:

Sonic Living

Dar Dar Dar

Best Local Music Website

Winner: The Bay Bridged

"The Bay Bridged offers the best coverage of the bay's vibrant indie rock scene, hands down. The live sessions they produce in collaboration with Oakland's New, Improved Recording studio are super cool." -- Eric Steuer

Finalists:

Noise Pop

Owl Mag

Best Music Venue Website

Winner: The Independent

"The Independent's site is clear and easy to use. It makes finding info about upcoming shows and buying tickets quick and painless." -- Eric Steuer

Finalists:

Bottom of the Hill

Fox Theater

Best Podcast

The Bay Bridged Podcast

"I especially like the Bay Bridged Podcast's local theme episodes, which focus on things like new music coming out of the East Bay and bands that started out here but have since moved away." -- Eric Steuer

Finalists:

Sex With Emily

Noise Pop Podcast

FOOD

Best Food Blogger

Winner: Eater SF

"Because I find that they post stories that are interesting and timely." -- Iso Rabins

FInalists:

Tasting SF

101 Cookbooks

Best Food Vendor Twitter

Humphry Slocombe (@humphryslocombe)

"311,000 people can't be wrong. And as I recall, HS tweeted out some elaborate multimedia staff Halloween costume coverage in past years, so I wanna see what happens this year." -- Anthony Myint

The Creme Brulee Man (@cremebruleecart)

Ike's Place (@ikes_place)

Best Local Source for Food Porn

Winner: Tablehopper

"Tablehopper. There's no contest." -- Iso Rabins

Finalists:

Eat Drink San Francisco

Foodspotting

Best Restaurant Website

Winner: The Beast and the Hare

"The Beast and the Hare because they realize that their customers do not appreciate Flash websites and PDFs. Their website is clean, simple and to the point." -- Iso Rabins

Finalists:

Nopa

Papalote Mexican Grill

Best Yelper

Winner: Jen D. (thedukeofsf.yelp.com)

"I like the idea of reviewing yelpers and in fact I think someone should make a meta-Yelp site where each review can be reviewed, and each reviewer's reviews are then weighted based on their score and their number of reviews. For now, I read a few reviews from each of these yelpers and I think Jen D. has a reasonable point of view, is pretty food focused, and has been to a lot of worthwhile places." -- Anthony Myint

Finalists:

Ed U. (edu.yelp.com)

Hannah S. (hannaheve.yelp.com)

ARTS

Best Arts Blog

Winner: Fecal Face

"Fecal Face is San Francisco's connection to the actual (read: professional) art world -- it takes artists seriously, but never overseriously. With lots of sharp-looking, useful features including long-form interviews, shorty update blog posts, and its reliably high-quality calendar, FF is our choice for Best Arts Blog." -- SF Weekly Assistant Calendar Editor Hiya Swanhuyser

Finalists:

Laughing Squid

The Bold Italic

Best Arts Twitter Account

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@SFMOMA)

"Good. REALLY GOOD. (Sorry, coffee has not kicked in yet.)" -- Reyhan Harmanci

Finalists:

SOMArts (@somarts)

Hi-Fructose (@hifructosemag)

Best Events Website

Winner: FunCheapSF

"FunCheapSF is so wonderfully convenient, especially for anyone bored and antsy after work. Johnny's always got a ton of easy options, and once he posts something, you know it'll have a fun, interesting crowd." -- Beth Spotswood

Finalists:

Laughing Squid

Broke-Ass Stuart

Best Fashion Blogger

Winner:Fashionist

"Fashionist sticks to the basics without going overboard with the editorial. What we're left with is a daily dose of San Francisco's beautiful boys and girls showing off their original styles with a quick interview talking about what we're seeing. It's a tried-and-true formula, but Mai kills it." -- Kevin Montgomery

Finalists:

Refinery 29

Poetic & Chic

Best Local Online Cartoonist

Susie Cagle

"Susie's unique blend of reporting, humor, and illustration brings the news to a new audience." -- Beth Spotswood.

Finalists:

SF Lunatic Fringe

Gnartoons

ONLY IN SF

Best Do-Gooder Website

Winner: 826 Valencia

"As a Suckster, I think I'm supposed to snicker at David Eggers for his twee altruism. Yet his 826 Valencia project's site does good the right way, avoiding the chest-thumping mission statements and stock photos in favor of simple directions on how to get involved." -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

Kickstarter

SFSPCA

Best Flickr Pool

Winner: Guess Where SF

"Guess Where SF covers everything a local photo pool should, including graffiti and sightings of inflatable air dancers, with the added challenge of testing your knowledge of local landmarks." -- Kevin Montgomery

Finalists:

SFist

Muni Photos

Best Instagram Account

Winner: Doctor Popular (docpop)

"When Doc Pop posts an Instagram, I always click through." -- Isaac Fitzgerald

Finalists:

Robot Blood (robotblood)

Helena Price (helenadagmar)

Best Kickstarter Project

Winner: Longshot Magazine

"Anyone who's worked on a magazine knows the best work happens in the last 48 hours before print deadline. Why not condense the whole deadline into that time frame, and avoid the fruitless month of procrastination that precedes it?" -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

City Limits Records Presents: San Francisco

The SF Mirrors Project

Best Locally Made App

Instagram

"I've been taking digital photos since 1995 -- anyone remember Apple made cameras that weren't installed in phones? But the process of putting the photos where others can enjoy them has always been painful. Instagram turns that pain into pleasure." -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

Yelp

McSweeney's

Best Local Government Site

Winner: San Fransisco 311

"The best thing about SF 311 is @sf311, the helpline's companion Twitter account, which responds matter-of-factly to the most passive-aggressive microblogged complaints." -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

SF Park

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Winner: Sparc

"Avoiding the unkindness of bud jokes, Sparc is to pot dispensaries what One Medical is to regular doctors' clinics: clean, modern, and user-friendly." -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

The Green Door

The Green Cross

Best Neighborhood Blog

Winner: Mission Mission

"Other sites try, and fail, to copy Mission Mission." -- Brock Keeling

Finalists:

Haighteration

MissionLocal

Best S.F. Landmark with a Twitter Account

Winner: Karl the Fog (@karlthefog)

"If San Francisco's fog had a name, it would definitely be Karl with a K. I can't explain it, but that is so dead on, it's shocking." -- Beth Spotswood

Finalists:

Golden Gate Bridge (@GGBridge)

The Bay Bridge (@sfbaybridge)

Best Tumblog

Winner: It's Getting Rude in Here

"What defines Tumblr is its eclecticism and surprise. Lady Miss Kate lives up to tumblogging's promise." -- Owen Thomas

Finalists:

BART Don't Lie

Janebook

Congrats to all our nominees, finalists, and winners.

Wait, what's that? What about the Reader's Choice awards? The polls are still open, and votes are still being tallied. We'll keep 'em open right up until our SF Weekly Web Awards party on Sept. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. at 111 Minna, and announce the winners there.

Want to make sure you're part of the fun? You can snag a ticket over here. Word on the street is there'll be an open bar. Hope to see you there!

We've got a full list of nominees on the next page.

SF WEEKLY WEB AWARDS 2011 -- ALL NOMINEES

NEWS

Best Breaking News Twitter

@abc7newsbayarea

@emergency_in_sf

@huffpostsf

@kcbsnews

@KCBSNews

@kcbsnews

@munialerts

@NBCBayArea

@sal_castaneda

@sfappeal

@SFAppeal

@sfappeal

@SFexaminer

@sf_emeergency

@sulia_sf

@TheBayCitizen

Best Local Politics Blogger

Baghdad by the Bay

Chris Roberts

Fog City Journal

Greg Dewar

H. Brown

Melissa Griffin

Necessary Conversation

SF Appeal

Usual Suspects

@sfappeal

Best Public Transit Blog

Akit's Complaint Department

Muni Diaries

N Judah Chronicles

SF Streetsblog

Best San Francisco Giants Blog

Andrew Baggarly's Extra Baggs

The Dodgerhater

Frisco Fastball

Giants Nirvana (formerly Splashing Pumpkins)

McCovey Chronicles

Miguel Llull on BleacherReport

FOOD

Best Food Blogger

101 Cookbooks

Bunrabs

Carina Ost

The Chefanies

Food Wishes

Cooking with the Single Guy

Eater SF

Saffron Lane

Food for the Thoughtless

Grub Street San Francisco

Eat the Love

Jesse Hirsch

Magpie's Recipes

Paolo Luchessi

A Sweet Spoonful

Tasting SF

Tablehopper

Turntable Kitchen

Urban Stomach

Vegansaurus

With Style and Grace

Best Food Vendor Twitter

4505 Meats (@4505_Meats)

Bun Mee (@bunmeesf)

Il Cane Rosso (@canerossosf)

Chairman Bao Truck (@chairmantruck)

The Creme Brulee Man (@cremebruleecart)

Curry Up Now (@CurryUpNow)

Da Beef (@dabeef_)

El Burrito Express (@ebxsf)

Farm:Table (@farmtable)

Hapa Ramen (@haparamen)

Humphry Slocombe (@humphryslocombe)

Ike's Place (@ikes_place)

JapaCurry (@japacurry)

SF Street Food (@sfcarts)

The Rib Whip (@theribwhip)

The Chai Cart (@TheChaiCart)

Nosh This (@NoshThis)

Wing Wings (@wingwingssf)

Rocky's Fry Bread (@rockysfrybread)

Toasty Melts (@Toastymelts)

Best Local Source for Food Porn

101 Cookbooks

A Sweet Spoonful

Eat Drink San Francisco

farm:table

Foodspotting

Magpie's Recipes

Saffron Lane

Tablehopper

Turntable Kitchen

Vegansaurus

Best Restaurant Website

Gracias Madres

Pena Pachamama

Papalote Mexican Grill

Locanda Osteria

Nopa

Sol Food Restaurant

The Beast and the Hare

Best Yelper

Ed U. (edu.yelp.com)

Hannah S. (hannaheve.yelp.com)

Keane Li (keane.yelp.com)

Jen D. (thedukeofsf.yelp.com)

Valerie Nelson (valtron.yelp.com)

ARTS

Best Arts Blog

Art Practical

Ever Gold Gallery

Fecal Face

Hi Fructose

ISO50

KQED Arts

Laughing Squid

Open Space (SFMOMA)

The Bold Italic

Whitewalls

Best Arts Twitter Account

Art Haus (@arthaussf)

Art Practical (@artpractical)

SOMArts (@somarts)

Ever Gold Gallery (@EverGoldGallery)

Hi-Fructose (@hifructosemag)

Living Life Around Music&Art (@LLAMA_Beats)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (@SFMOMA)

SF Art News (@SfArtNews)

Best Events Website

Broke-Ass Stuart

CiuSF

DulceDiem

Fecal Face

FunCheapSF

Happenstand

Laughing Squid

The List

SF Station

The Bold Italic

The Week Intro

Best Fashion Blogger

9 to 5 Chic

Atlantic-Pacific

Bay Area Fashionista

Blushing Ambition

Britt + Whit

Calivintage

Fab Sugar

Fashionist

Ironing Board Collective

Poetic & Chic

Refinery 29

The Fashionista Lab

The SF Style

Best Local Online Cartoonist

SF Lunatic Fringe

Susie Cagle

Gnartoons

Tika Hall

MUSIC

Best Band Twitter

A B & The Sea (@abandthesea)

Flipsyde (@therealflipside)

Geographer (@geographermusic)

Girls (@GIRLSsf)

Hunx and His Punx (@HunxandhisPunx)

John Vanderslice (@johnvanderslice)

Team Backpack (@teambackpack)

The Cliks (@the_cliks)

The Frail (@thefrailsf)

The She's (@theshesmusic)

Wallpaper. (@wallpaper)

Wax Idols (@hetherfortune)

Zoe Keating (@zoecello)

Best Local Concert Listing Site

Bandega

Band In Town

Dar Dar Dar

Sonic Living

The List

Best Local Music Website

B-Sides

Different Fur

Ears of the Beholder

Indie Shuffle

Noise Pop

Owl Mag

Positive Destruction

The Bay Bridged

The Obsessive Compulsive Music Disorder

Thizzler

Turntable Kitchen

Yours Truly

Best Music Venue Website

Bottom of the Hill

Fox Theater

Mezzanine

Public Works

Rickshaw Stop

Slim's

The Independent

Vessel

Best Podcast

The Bay Bridged Podcast

KUSF in Exile!

Noise Pop Podcast

Pop My Culture

Sex With Emily

ONLY IN SF

Best Do-Gooder Website

826 Valencia

Ecodana

Kickstarter

Kiva

SF Bicycle Coalition

SFSPCA

Start Some Good

TreeHugger

Best Flickr Photostream or Pool

Alexandra Jones

Bhautik Joshi

Guess Where SF

Muni Photos

SFist

SF Tweed

The Tender

Travis Jensen

What You're Seeing

Best Instagram Account

Doctor Popular (docpop)

Helena Price (helenadagmar)

Pei Ketron (pketron)

Robot Blood (robotblood)

Best Kickstarter Project

Cicada Princess

City Limits Records Presents: San Francisco

Longshot Magazine

Opena: iPhone Bottle Opener Case

Capture Camera Clip System

The SF Mirrors Project

Best Locally Made App

Blockboard

Card.io

DoubleDutch

Foodspotting

Gatsby

Hitpost

Instagram

McSweeney's

Routesy

Spot

StarMaker Karaoke with Auto-tune

TableTop

The Bay Citizen's Bike Accident Tracker

Thorn: Zombie Dungeon Survival

Uber

Yelp

Best Local Government Site

City and County of San Francisco

Department of Elections

SF Park

San Francisco Recreation & Parks

San Fransisco 311

San Francisco Government Television

Best Medical Marijuana Dispensary Website

Harborside Health Center

Medithrive

Sparc

The Green Cross

The Green Door

Best Neighborhood Blog

Bernalwood

Haighteration

Larkin and Eddy

MissionLocal

Mission Mission

Richmond SF

The Tender

Best S.F. Landmark With a Twitter Account

Karl the Fog (@karlthefog)

SF Cable Car (@SF_CableCar)

The Bay Bridge (@sfbaybridge)

Transamerica Pyramid (@TransAmericaBdg)

Golden Gate Bridge (@GGBridge)

Embarcadero Freeway (@EmbarcaderoFWY)

SFSiren (@SFSiren)

Sutro Tower (@SutroTVTower)

Best Tumblog

All of Them Witches

Dolfapedia

BART Don't Lie

Creep Draws

It's Getting Rude in Here

Janebook

Kluth Von Reuter

Laura All Over

Xtel

READER'S CHOICE

Best San Francisco Meme

#munifail

#opbart

Fear the Beard

Laser Cat Mural

Frank Chu

Most Shameless Self Promoter

Jennie B

Beth Spotswood

"Broke-Ass Stuart"

Chicken John

Ed Lee

Frank Chu

The Frail

Tyler Florence

Willie Brown

Most Useful App for San Franciscans

Foodspotting

Ike's Place Ordering App

SF Park

Routesy

Scout Mob

Uber

Yelp

Sexiest Geek

MG Siegler

Sonia Mansfield

Andrew Dalton

Antony McGregor Dey

Biz Stone

Blair Warsham

Broke Ass Stuart

Darya Pino

Hermione Way

Jake Appelbaum

Jess Lee

Melissa Griffin

Sha Hwang

Veronica Belmont

Violet Blue

Wild Card: Nominate Anyone for Anything

@Chadsalty: Best up-and-coming under 25er

Before Now: Best feature at the Ocean Beach Bulletin

Ben Parr: Coolest social media geek

Vinologue: Best wine blog

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: Best Bay Area vegan author

Necessary Conversation: Best webshow

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