Good morning all and welcome to the show. It is that time of year when the buzz is in the air, that familiar cry of 'meme' can be heard and the air is electric with excitement and anticipation. Outside the crowds gather, as do the industry celebrities. Just on my way in this morning, I believe I saw Larry and Sergei dressed to the nines (see below), and was able to snap a quick picture on my camera phone.
Image courtesy of ValleyWag
In the press area, I spotted numerous others too including Bill Gates, Danny Sullivan, Paris Hilton (apparently she's hosting the post celebrations??), Kevin Rose (still showing scars from the tift with Tamar), Garrett Camp (sneering at Tim Nash across the red carpet for exposing the StumbleUpon algorithm), Matt Cutts rode up along side Paul Tutul Sr on some West Coast Choppers (see pictures below ... am I the only one who thinks Matt looks more like Paul Sr. than Paul Jr. does???), and many many more. Its a very exciting time!
In any case, my name is Jeff Quipp, and I'll be your host for the first segment of the (un)Official Sphinn Awards. David Harry is my co-host, and Dave will host the second segment of the Awards being blogcast tomorrow morning at 9:00 EST on the Trail of the Fire Horse
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Original image courtesy of Goraw.com
As I stand here before you all, I see many familiar faces ooooh and recollections of some of the great times we've had on Sphinn over the past 6 months. Ah, for example there's Rebecca from SEOmoz sitting with Marty, ohhh and apparently begging for Sphinn Award votes from all the 'little people' sitting with them :). Hey, there's Shana too (Nanny612), and she appears to be getting poked from the seat behind her oooh its Tad. I'll bet the bugger snuck in for free!
There's Matt McGee too ... looks like he needs a break from search. Ooooh, and I see Vanessa Fox too (and fully clothed I might add) sitting with Rand Fiskin and apparently duking it out over the validity of SEOmoz quiz. There too is Lyndon, though he's difficult to see amongst the myriad of fans encircling him. I'd like to acknowledge each of you but hey ... I'm getting the red light already, which means time to move on. Too bad ... so many others I wanted to get to.
So, without further ado, lets get to the most coveted of award shows ... the Mardi Gras of the SEO industry, the Stanley Cup of social media ... the (un)Official Sphinn Awards.
To begin, let me start by saying, in every crowd there is that one patient soul, the one enigma who is always calm and cool, and never prone to whims of ego. They are unflappable and unstoppable, pushing ever-forward like so many Spam-bots on a virgin forum. For these fine folks that love so deeply, even when they are not loved back, we give you;
The Frustration and Futility Award " for perseverance when nothing seems to go hot (minimum 40 Submissions)
The award goes to. (drum rolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll)
. Gary Price with 161 News Submissions : 1 Gone Hot
Gary ... please accept this prestigeous award for all your efforts and hard work. I know there are 161 of us that are extremely appreciative ... you made us feel really good about our posts for a brief period of time.
With Honourable Mentions (let's show these folks some love people) to:
MelissaF " 56 Submits : 0 GH
SEOz87 " 55 : 0 GH
Rubab " 44 Submits : 0 GH
Sperry " 40 Submits : 0 GH
And that's not all. All of you fine folks are entitled to one a free copy of; How to Dominate Sphinn in 4 Easy Steps
(quick wardrobe change ... I come back out in a Jerry Seinfeld type "puffy shirt").
And now to present our next award
It's tough out there in the trenches, scraping clawing and digging;
it's a damn good thing we are in here in the office then isn't it? And
when we're in our offices, nothing brings glee to the face of a
digital socialite quick like a Sphinn 'Going Hot'. For that story to
get there though it needs help 21 people to be precise. In honour of
all of those finger clicking Sphinn-a-holics, I give you the.
Spread the Love Award - Most Sphinns Cast to date -
And the award goes to (imaginary drum rolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll)
Bill Hartzer " with 2834 Sphinns Cast!
Bill ... please accept this award as a token of all your hard work and dedication.
Manish Pandey " 2141 Spinns Cast
DoshDosh " 2052 Spinns Cast
AimClear " 1501 Spinns Cast
Sebastian " 1403 Spinns Cast
Then, beginning as a whisper and escalating to almost deafening sound, we hear "speech, speech, speech". Bill finally acknowledges after 2-3 minutes.
Thank you all! Its certainly an honor to win this first ever "Spread the Love Award". I look at it like this; "While Google may have pigeonrank, here in Texas we have to just tell our prairie dogs to surrender to the sphinn gods and hope for good sphinning all around."
Thank you Bill ... that was inspiring! I'm confused, but mysteriously inspired.
(rush backstage to change my wardrobe again ... this time emerging in a full tuxedo with long tails, but with a white t-shirt and sport socks beneath so as not to "sell out")
Now, I ask you, what is a Social Media site without its darlings? It
would be a big empty space, a vacuum devoid of human interaction much
like a link seller's convention at Matt Cutts house. For all of those
that keep the spirit of the people alive we are proud to award the;
Fast Fingers Award - for Most Comments All-time;
(Danny is not eligible " sorry Charlie)
The award goes to (prolonged drum rolllllllll)
g1smd with an astounding total of 563 comments made.
Ian ... on behalf of all of us, thank you for your insightful comments. We hope that as a token of our appreciation, you'll accept this award.
Planetc1 " 343 comments made.
Sebastian " 333 comments made.
TimDineen - 309 comments made.
Qwerty " 286 comments made.
Well there you have it for Part I of the un-Official Spinn Awards. Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at Huomah FOR PART II at 9am EST to catch the conclusion and see who the winners will be for these exciting awards;
The Social Seduction Award
The Tireless Reporter Award
The Bullseye Award
The Sphinner's Choice Award
We encourage all of this morning's winners to promptly post Acceptance speeches on their Blogs, or to email them to me if inappropriate there, and we will post it here on our Blogs.
We'd like to thank you for not participating in the voting, as it was all just some fun we were having. After all, how can it be a community if there are no community parties to bolster community spirit. The ballots for the 'Sphinners' were administered by the firm Itwasnt Noboby and DidntDoit. The process for the 'Spinners' was completely unscientific and devised through rigorpus sessions of caffeine and sleep deprivation. No animals were hurt during the production of the 'Spinners', although Dave's Boa seemed to be eyeing his 'mouse' for a period there.. either way both are safe now. We hope you have enjoyed this morning's festivities and hope you will join us next time. That is, if there is a next time.
Thank you all!
I am pleased to announce that this post has placed as a "Runner Up" for the prestigious 'Rubber Chicken Award.
I am equally pleased to announce that this post has been nominated for the 'LOL' category of the SEMMYs (Award show honouring the Best Search Marketing Content Online in 2007) .
30 thoughts on “The First (un)Official Sphinn Awards – Day 1”
Jeff, that was an amazing first part of the 1st Ever (Un)Official Sphinn Awards!! I can’t wait to see what Dave has in store for tomorrow. 😉
What? No musical number?
Nice – good job! I love it when people engage in the seo crowd in a fun way 🙂
@ Shana – thanks! I can’t tell you how fun it was to write.
@ Andrew – darn …forgot to incorporate the music and video from our seo lyrics contest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeKeOprGLfs).
@ Tom – thanks! I agree completely. What’s a community without industry festivities?
Now I come to think about it the number of people dressed in black who are trying to kill has increased recently could it be connected to that sneer.
Bills speech is pure genius but he forgot to thanks, his agent, his mother and his pet dog so while genius not much of an acceptance speech.
I lol’ed. Nice one, Jeff. Especially enjoyed the Frustration and Futility Award ! 🙂
@ Tim … maybe next time if you win you can show Bill proper acceptance etiquette?
@ Brian … thanks! It was alot of fun to put together, and there is still the second half of the awards tomorrow at http://www.huomah.com/. Dave has a great grasp of the English language so I’m really looking forward to it too.
Hmmmm… I was just thinking here Jeff, do one of us win an award at the end for the Sphinn Awards show segment that got the most Sphinns? ha ha ha hah a
I have added a special award to mine … I am going to put a poll on the site for the ‘Most popular Sphinner not mentioned’ – we can let the people speak!
Very good Jeff, great post and very entertaining, bring on the next one!
@ Matt – thanks! It was alot of fun!
Wow. Thanks for the mention 🙂
I originally missed this as you posted it the day I started out for my week-long stay in London, combining SMX London 2007 and several other things into the one trip.
I have noticed that many of the top commenters have a background in various forums, and have spent a large amount of time helping others to learn.
I see Sphinn as an extension of that. Besides I rarely find a story that someone else hasn’t already submitted to Sphinn a few hours earlier.
Thanks for the award and the comments!
Wow, I feel like I’m in high school again.
(Un)Official Sphinn Awards? Is it right? Its great, first time heard that but nice. Brian is enjoying Frustration and Futility Award ! I am just thinking which one I should enjoy. Nice work, I like this post.
where can i buy those google green bar?? has anyone try it?
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