The bab.la language portal and Lexiophiles blog are pleased to introduce the Top 100 Language Lovers 2011 competition. Due to the success of our previous Top 100 Language Blogs (read more about why we started the competition here), we decided this year to open the contest to Facebook Pages and Twitterers.
There are four categories for the Top 100 Language Lovers 2011, in order to make the language experts comparable:
1. Language Learning Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, both from the learners and teachers perspective.
2. Language Professionals Blogs: blogs by people using languages in their profession, such as translators or interpreters.
3. Language Facebook Pages: Facebook pages related to language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lovers’ communities…
4. Language Twitterers: Twitter accounts sharing content about languages
How exactly does the competition work?
The competition is divided into three phases. In the nomination phase, you can nominate any blog/Facebook page/twitterer you would like to be included by leaving a comment here or sending an email to giulia (at) bab (dot) la. In the following voting phase, you can vote for your favorites in each of the above four categories. Users’ votes will count for 50% of the final result, the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (see below) will count for the other 50%. Results will be made public in the third phase on June 1st.
What is the exact time frame and what happens during each phase?
Nominations (May 3rd – May 16th, 23:59 hours German time)
Nominate your favorite language lovers. All blogs from last year that are still active will be automatically nominated, as well as suggestions we have received since then. We will contact all bloggers/Facebook page admins/twitterers who are nominated (either by email or posting a comment) to let them know about the nomination. You can nominate max. 1 blog, 1 Facebook page and 1 Twitter account per person/company (so max. 3 in total). If you have several blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, you need to choose one. The official end for nominations is May 16th. However, we will stop considering suggestions after the first thousand nominations per category.
Voting (May 17th – May 29th 23:59 hours German time)
Out of all nominations received until May 16th, we will set a list of the 100 best ones per category to be submitted for voting. On May 17th we will publish the voting lists of the top 100 for each category (top 200 for language learning blogs, see update below). You can vote once for each category. We will check the votes at the end of the voting phase for fraudulent votes and, if necessary, adjust the number of votes. If your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account is on the voting list, you can ask your readers, friends, family and whoever comes to mind to vote for you. Bloggers will be provided with a voting button for their convenience before the voting phase starts. The voting period runs until May 29th, 23:59 hours German time.
UPDATE: Due to so many nominations in the language learning blog category we have raised the level to 200 blogs.
Ranking & Results (May 30th – June 1st)
All the competitors will be ranked based on user votes (50%) and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (50%, see below). We will then compile the top 100 overall language lovers list and the top 25 list for each of the four categories. Results will be published on June 1st. Each blogger/Facebook page admin/twitterer will be contacted when the results are published.
What are the Lexiophiles ranking criteria?
Every competitor will be analyzed and ranked by our staff. Even though we know that no ranking system is 100% accurate and always somewhat subjective, we feel that the following criteria give a good overall view of how good a blog, or a Facebook page, or a Twitter account is.
Learning & Professionals Blogs: We look for authored and original content, considering the depth of postings, the incorporation of multimedia (such as videos, pictures, slideshows etc.) and meaningful linking (e.g. in-depth information for further reading, background information, interesting opinions on a subject, etc.). Interaction is also very important, i.e. sharing information and getting other people involved. The most observable feature is comments, but it doesn’t stop there: can users contact the blogger via a contact page, Facebook or similar? We also take into consideration the regularity and frequence of updating, and, finally, the overall appearance of the blog.
Facebook Pages: We look for originality and diversity of content. Good interaction means there are discussions with comments from users and answers to them. We will take into consideration the regularity of posting and the fan base of the page.
Twitter accounts: We will take into consideration the relevance of the shared information, the diversity of content, the use of hastags and links. Another important factor will be the influence of the twitterer, i.e. whether the content posted is also retweeted and the account is recommended by other twitterers via Follow Friday. Regularity of posting will count as well.
I am nominated. Why can I not find my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account on the voting list?
This might be the case due to one of the following reasons:
1. Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account didn’t get to the Top 100 best ones of its category.
2. You already have another blog/Facebook page/Twitter account nominated for the competition.
3. We received more than one thousand nominations for the category you fit into (after which we stop considering new suggestions).
What about the results?
The Top 100 Language Lovers 2011 competition will be published on bab.la on June 1st to reach the biggest audience possible. We will publish an overall Top 100 list and a Top 25 list for each of the four categories (see above). We also have some nice prices lined up for the top winners. We will make a donation to the Homeless World Cup in the name of the Top 3 overall bloggers and the no. 1 in each category.
The official hash tag for the competition is #tll11.
Good luck and enjoy!