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July 8, 2008 9:00 PM

Wetpaint crosses a million, announces Web award program

Posted by Brier Dudley

Wetpaint's announcing tonight that more than a million free social Web sites have been created with its service.

Users in 177 countries have created nearly 8 million pages since the Pioneer Square company launched its service two years ago, the announcement said.

Creating the millionth Wetpaint site was "a soon-to-be 50-year-old organizing his destination birthday celebration with family and friends in Key West, Florida,'' the release said.

To keep the ball rolling, Wetpaint is also announcing the "Golden Paint Can Awards" to recognize the best sites created on its network. Winners in 15 categories will be selected through a combination of statistical data, community voting and judging by a panel that includes a bunch of Seattle Web entrepreneurs.

Judges include: Sam Decker of Bazaarvoice, Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz, Matt Harding of, Lee LeFever of CommonCraft and the editorial staff of BuddyTV.

Voting starts now and runs through July 22; winners will be announced July 23.

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