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Welcome Back Mike

Let’s face it. Mike Arrington is TechCrunch. And the last few months have proven it. It’s like he’s been MIA for 6 months; we just didn’t know it.

After a series of departings by TechCrunch writers (all for good reasons), along with Mike heading off to the hills outside Seattle for some quality blogging time last month, Mike pretty much took backover the reigns of the blog and is posting daily. The result is a dramatic jump in the quality, insight and value of the postings.

Instead of the once-weekly poke in with a bit of gossip, Mike nows weighs in with real stuff daily. I don’t mind the company/product reviews, but I’d forgotten what made this blog great. Having an industry expert tell it like it is.

It’s post like this that made TechCrunch. It’s good to have you back Mike. We missed you.

Is this the bane of mega-blogging? That in the end they can’t be syndicated or productized. A blog needs its blogger, or it loses its soul.

The Week 2.0 That Was

I’ve just dropped Mick and Cameron Reilly off at the airport, which sort of marks an end to Web 2.0 week in San Francisco. It was a 24-hour-a-day flurry of geekery, cars, food, parties, presentations and San Francisco-style (of which it has a lot). Events: Widgets Live, ISPCon, Web 2.2, Citizen Summit and Aussies Invade Techcrunch. The usual hype of the valley, on steroids.

Shouts out to all my co-conspirators this week: Richard MacManus, Nik Cubrilovic, Mike Cannon-Brooks, Chris Saad (and Nik), Cameron Reilly, Big Mick, Chris Mesina and Tara Hunt… I’m sure I forgot someone, but I’m too tired to care.

The week that was…

The First Annual TechCrunch Awards

cheer.gifTechCrunch, Web 2.0’s mother ship, continues to go from strength to strength, and for good reason. Michael Arrington is doing a fantastic job in a position earned through knowledge, respect and hard work — not through the blessing of a media mogul (how very web 2.0ish).

As the industry’s primary information gateway, it’s about time we saw some awards (“The Crunchies”), so in the hope to spur things along here’s my suggestion for categories:

  • Best New Product
  • Most Promising Startup
  • Most Promising New Product
  • Best Innovation
  • People’s Choice for New Product – based on votes
  • Best Web 2.0 Podcast
  • Best Web 2.0 Blog
  • The Nik Cubrilovic Award for Contribution to the Industry (cannot be awarded to Nik)

We could get a little more specific as well, however I’m not sure specific product categories (like Best Calendar) would work, so maybe some more abstract ones based on user value:

  • Best Productivity Application
  • Best Collaboration Tool
  • Best Information Management Tool
  • Best Communication Tool
  • Best Information Retrieval Tool
  • Best Group Communications Product That Starts With the Letter T

Now it can’t all be down to Mike’s choice, so we need a panel of industry experts who vote on the nominations made by everyone. My post will get too long if I start listing who those people might be, so feel free to comment.

And finally, no awards are complete without an extravaganza dinner, complete with red carpet arrivals and supermodel presenters; maybe Amanda Congdon could host it.

Of course, somebody has to then start the alternative piss-take awards (“The Crunched”). This could be held on the same night across town. Awards should include:

  • Best Commenter Without A Blog
  • Most Hyped Non-Product
  • The Microsoft Award for Best Web 3.0 Product (they’ve already moved on from 2.0)
  • Most Money Raised Without a Product
  • Best Funding Deal (no details will be disclosed, and you will have never heard of the winner)
  • Best Web 1.0 Pr… Never mind, that’s so ’05.
  • Best Definition of Web 2.0

So come on Mike, embrace your destiny.