the next web awards nominee Announcing The Next Web Award nominees, now it is up to youWe haven’t got that much sleep last couple of nights. Working at the office, checking out startups and companies, coding the voting system (thanks Arjen), not being able to reach our deadline, but now I’m happy to announce the final nominees of The Next Web Awards. In total 235 nominations were made in seven categories. Five companies per category made it to the final.

We know that there are tons of awards out there, but we try to change the rules and distinguish ourselves by NOT building up a database (we don’t want your info, so no registration needed), by NOT nominating every company out there, by NOT having 100 categories and by NOT considering all votes equal (you can empower your vote -1 vote counts for 2- if you vote in all categories).

All this combined with our endless ambition, our super partners ( TechCrunch UK, TechCrunch France, Loogic, and Frankwatching), and the drive to celebrate European startups we hope to cast even more votes then last year (85k) and distribute the traffic back to the nominees.

The award ceremony will take place on April 4, in the Transformatorhuis in Amsterdam, during The Next Web Conference. Afterwards we will have a great party at the Odeon.

Enough said. Who will own the Social space? Who’s Europe’s Web Celeb? Who’s Europe’s Rookie of the year? What European company gives you most pleasure… I mean entertainment!. What is the one European company to rule them all? Cast your vote, empower it and give your favorite service unlimited bragging rights!

The nominees are:

Best European Entertainment site
Last.fm
Weewar
Floobs
GamesGames
Dailymotion

Best European Company
Moo
Dailymotion
Hyves
eBuddy
Bebo

Best European Social site
Hyves
Dopplr
Xing
StudiVZ
Netlog

Web Celeb
Loic LeMeur
Niklas Zennstrom
Stefan Glaenzer
Marc Samwer
Tariq Krim

Best European Technology Weblog
Frankwatching
Loogic
TechCrunch UK & France
D.I.Y. startup news
Dutchcowboys

Rookie of the Year
Glubble
Sellaband
Wakoopa
Fring
QuotationsBook

Best on-stage start up (during The Next Web conference)
eBuddy
Wakoopa
Netlog
Twingly
andUNITE
CoComment
Backbase
Lookery
Webnode
Bemba
Goojet
Radionomy
Beezbox
Symbaloo
Wauw.fm

Your votes please…