by Brian Solis

GigaOM, VentureBeat, Read/Write Web, and TechCrunch jointly announced the finalists for the Crunchies. Click here to vote.

Best technology innovation / achievement

Nominees: Earthmine, Like, Move Networks, Twine, Viewdle

Best bootstrapped start-up

Nominees: FriendFeed, PoliticalBase, ProductWiki, Techmeme, UpNext

Best new gadget / device

Nominees: iPhone, Kindle, Ooma, Pleo, Wii

Best business model

Nominees: Glam Media, Imeem, Prosper, Weatherbill, Zazzle

Best design

Nominees: Etsy, Jackson Fish Market, Netvibes, SmugMug, Songza

Best enterprise start-up

Nominees: 37Signals, Attributor, EditGrid, Ribbit, Zoho

Best consumer start-up

Nominees: 1800-FREE-411, 23andMe, LinkedIn, Meebo, Zillow

Best mobile start-up

Nominees: AdMob, Fring, Loopt, Shozu, Twitter

Best international start-up

Nominees: Atlassian, Gizmoz, MusicShake, Netvibes, Openads

Best user-generated content site

Nominees: Digg, Facebook, Geni, Instructables, Yelp

Best video site

Nominees: Aniboom, Hulu, Joost,, Tokbox

Best clean tech start-up

Nominees: A123Systems, Ausra, Gridpoint, NanoSolar, Tesla Motors

Best use of viral marketing

Nominees: Flixster, iLike, iminlikewithyou, RockYou, StumbleUpon

Best time sink site

Nominees: College Humor, Duels, Kdice, Kongregate, Pandora

Most likely to make the world a better place

Nominees: Causes, DonorsChoose, ZeroFootprint, Kiva, One Laptop Per Child

Most likely to succeed

Nominees: Kayak, Mint, Slide, WordPress, Zivity

Best start-up founder

Nominees: Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Max Levchin (Slide), Kevin Rose (Digg), Evan Williams (Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

Best start-up CEO

Nominees: Gina Bianchini (Ning), Dick Costolo (Feedburner), Toni Schneider (WordPress), Rob Solomon (Sidestep), Lance Takoda (RockYou)

Best new start-up of 2007

Nominees: Hulu, iMedix, Joost, Ribbit, Tumblr

Best overall

Nominees: Digg, Facebook, GrandCentral, Twitter, Zillow

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About the Author:

Brian Solis

Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. His current book, Engage, is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to build and measure success in the social web.

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