Tin­der, Vice hon­ored in on­line Webby awards

The China Post - - LIFE -

The on­line dat­ing app Tin­der was this year’s “break­out” In­ter­net ser­vice while bad-boy news web­site Vice Me­dia got mul­ti­ple hon­ors in the “Webby” awards an­nounced Mon­day.

The awards, un­veiled by the In­ter­na­tional Academy of Dig­i­tal Arts and Sciences, hon­ored dozens of web­sites and on­line ser­vices in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, hu­mor and news, in the on­line equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars.

The newly re­leased HBO Go ser­vice won the Webby for the best stream­ing me­dia web­site, while ri­val Hulu Plus won the “peo­ple’s voice” award in that cat­e­gory and an­other for best video mo­bile app.

Net­flix was also a player in the Web­bys — Chelsea Peretti was cited for best comedic per­for­mance for her Net­flix spe­cial and El­lie Kem­per and Ti­tuss Burgess got Web­bys for best actress and ac­tor, re­spec­tively, for roles in the Net­flix se­ries “The Un­break­able Kimmy Sch­midt.”

Tin­der, the on­line dat­ing app with over 50 mil­lion monthly users — known for al­low­ing users to “swipe” in ei­ther di­rec­tion to show if they like or dis­like a po­ten­tial date — got the “break­out of the year” Webby, which will be pre­sented at a May 18 cer­e­mony.

The awards in­cluded those determined by a panel of judges as well as “peo­ple’s voice” Webby awards based on vot­ing from some 500,000 In­ter­net fans around the world.

Vice Me­dia, which has a popular fol­low­ing among 18- to 34-year-olds and last year se­cured US$500 mil­lion in fund­ing from in­vestors, took 10 Web­bys in­clud­ing for best writ­ing, fash­ion and beauty, and for on­line doc­u­men­taries.

NY Times, New Yorker Nods

The New York Times took four Web­bys, in­clud­ing a “peo­ple’s voice” award for best news web­site, best cul­tural blog and best travel and adventure video.

The New Yorker won the Webby for best writ­ing on a web­site and best mag­a­zine web­site, while Buz­zFeed won for best news app.

Van­ity Fair’s video seg­ment on Ed­ward Snow­den, ti­tled “Pa­triot or Traitor?,” won the Webby for best sin­gle episode for on­line film and video.

TED, an or­ga­ni­za­tion which pro­duces video con­fer­ences on in­no­va­tion, in­spi­ra­tion and imag­i­na­tion, took 11 Web­bys, mainly in the ed­u­ca­tion cat­e­gory.

A life­time achieve­ment Webby went to Wired mag­a­zine co-founders Jane Met­calfe and Louis Ros­setto for their role in “shap­ing the way the world thinks about the ef­fects of tech­nol­ogy on cul­ture, the global econ­omy and civic life.”

French so­cial me­dia artist Jerome Jarre, known for us­ing Vine and Snapchat for per­sonal and artis­tic ex­pres­sion, was given a spe­cial achieve­ment award.

An­other spe­cial achieve­ment nod went to the cre­ators of the ALS Ice Bucket Chal­lenge, which raised aware­ness and more than US$200 mil­lion to help fight Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease.

The panel of judges in­cluded U.S. tele­vi­sion host Co­nan O’Brien, Tum­blr founder David Karp, me­dia en­tre­pre­neur Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton, YouTube star and video artist Fred­die Wong, In­ter­net pi­o­neer Vint Cerf and Har­vard pro­fes­sor Su­san Craw­ford.

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