** Click here for The Best of Answer Me This! 2009 – Part II **
Happy New Year, chums!
We saw out 2009 in pleasing and civilised fashion, and we hope you did too. But, thanks to pre-recording, on New Year’s Eve we also presented a radio show, Web 2009 with Helen and Olly. It was our first ever proper radio programme, and we would be ever so happy if you would listen to it; it’ll be available until Thursday 7th January, so CLICK HERE to do so via BBC iplayer, or download it as a podcast from the BBC website.
And if you wouldn’t mind telling your radio-and-internet-loving friends about it, tweeting it, or posting it up on Facebook, then we owe you a lollipop the next time we see you. Which, if you go to the same gym as Olly, is probably quite soon.
Links to all the nominees and winners are below – and another good link is THIS ONE to Martin the Sound Man’s free EP of songs about space. Give it a whirl!
Helen and Olly’s 2009 Web Awards went to:
David Schneider after winning our 'Tweeter of the Year' award
PUBLIC SERVICE OF THE YEAR
Our award for the sites that have become entirely essential this year. We never leave the house without them.
* Spotify *
- Google Streetview
- The Arts Desk
WEB FEUD OF THE YEAR
Our celebration of the best online scraps of the year – the unfolding dramas of real, raw arguments that, thanks to the global public forum that is the internet, we can all enjoy.
* Megan Fox vs. the Transformers crew *
- Guido Fawkes vs. Derek Draper
- Stephen Fry vs. @BrumPlum
- Michael Chopra vs. Heather Swan
- Perez Hilton vs. Carrie Prejean
TWEETER OF THE YEAR
Our favourite short-form communicators of the past twelve months.
* David Schneider *
- John Prescott
- Phillip Schofield
- Richard Bacon
- Mrs Stephen Fry
TIME-WASTER OF THE YEAR
Useful as the internet can be, let’s not forget its primary function: frittering your time away. What has been the major enemy of productivity in 2009?
* My Very Worst Date *
- ’25 Random Things About Me’
- Cake Wrecks
- Letters of Note
EPIC FAIL OF THE YEAR
Our award for those embarrassing moments that went viral in 2009.
* Gordon Brown on YouTube *
- The Baby Shaker iPhone App
- Kimberley Swann is fired
- John X from Cornell Business School
- Christian Bale’s on-set rant
ONLINE JAPE OF THE YEAR
In the olden days, pranks involved propping a bucket of water on the top of a door, or thrusting stinging nettles down someone’s pants. But the internet has opened up a whole new world of mischief…
* Ross Noble’s Twitterbomb Tuesday *
- upside-down YouTube
- renegade reviewers on Amazon
- Classic songs reinterpreted by Microsoft Songsmith
INTERNET SONG OF THE YEAR
Who was our Joe McElderry, and who will be our Rage Against The Machine?
* ‘United Breaks Guitars’ by Dave Carroll *
- ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by the Muppets
- ‘Goodbye Twitter’ by Miley Cyrus
- ‘Hot and Cold’ by Los Colorados
- ‘Poker Face’ by Walt Ribeiro
WEBLEBRITY OF THE YEAR
The award for the internet star to have shot furthest in the online firmament this year
* Jill and Kevin *
- Susan Boyle
- Tavi Gevinson
- Little Boots
- ‘Poo Girl’
And finally, the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD went to 104-year-old Ivy Bean, the oldest person on Twitter and, quite possibly, the whole of the internet…
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