It’s that time of year again; the bab.la language portal and the Lexiophiles blog are starting the Top 100 Language Lovers 2014 competition.
The official hash tag for this year’s competition is #tll14.
Although previous competitions have been very successful (read more about why we started the competition here), we have to move with time too. This is why we chose to add a category to the usual categories; YouTube channels. People all over the world are ‘vlogging’ about language and all great things that come with it. So, these are the categories in which the competition will be divided:
- Language Learning Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, both from the learners and teachers perspective.
- Language Professionals Blogs: blogs by people using languages in their profession, such as translators or interpreters.
- Language Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages related to language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lovers’ communities and more.
- Language Twitter accounts: Twitterers who share content about languages.
- Language YouTube channels: Youtubers that vlog about languages.
How exactly does the competition work?
The competition is divided into three phases. In the nomination phase, you can submit a request to include any blog, Facebook page, Twitter account or YouTube channel you would like to see on our list. In the following phase, you can vote for your favourite nominees of each of the above mentioned categories. Users’ votes will count for 50% of the final result and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (see below) will count for the other 50%. Results will be made public in the third phase on June 12th.
What is the exact time frame and what happens during each phase?
Nominations (May 5th – May 19th, 23:59 pm CET)
Nominate your favourite language lovers here! 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 administrators, Twitterers and YouTubers who are nominated to let them know about the nomination. You can nominate max. 1 blog, 1 Facebook page, 1 Twitter account and YouTube channel per person/company (so max. 4 in total). This means you can run in different categories at the same time. If you have several blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, you need to choose one. The official end for nominations is May 19th. However, we will stop considering suggestions after the first thousand nominations per category.
Voting (May 20th – June 9th, 23:59 pm CET)
Out of all nominations received until May 19th, we will set a list of the 100 best ones per category to be submitted for voting. On May 20th we will publish the voting lists of the top 100 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, YouTube channel 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 June 9th, 23:59 pm CET.
Ranking & Results (June 10th – June 12th)
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 20 list for each of the five categories. Results will be published on June 12th. Each blogger, Facebook page administrator, Twitterer or YouTuber 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, Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel 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 frequency 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 hash tags 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.
YouTube channels: We look for informing vlogs that are updated regularly, especially when it comes to language courses channels. It is also taken into consideration whether the content is reliable and presented in a pleasant and attractive way. Another important factor is the use of interaction with its public, can people comment and does the user respond to comments.
I am nominated. Why can I not find my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel on the voting list?
This might be the case due to one of the following reasons:
1. Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel didn’t get to the Top 100 best ones of its category.
2. You already have another blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel 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 2014 competition will be published on bab.la on June 12th to reach the biggest audience possible. We will publish an overall Top 100 list and a Top 25 list for each of the five categories (see above). We also have some nice prices lined up for the top winners. We will support the “Education Program” from UNICEF in the name of the Top 3 of the Top 100 overall winners.
Some important FAQ’s at last…
If you blog was nominated but runs in the wrong category please let us know as soon as possible. Once the Top 100 has been established, we cannot change your blog from a category to another.
Every blog/Facebook Page/Twitterer/YouTuber who has made the Voting phase will receive a voting button to let their readers vote for them. You will receive it by email when the voting phase starts. If you did not, check your junk mail folder. If you did not receive any email, it is possible that we were not able to find an email to contact you. Please email us and we will forward you the relevant code to embed on your page.
If your blog/Facebook Page/Twitter account/YouTube channel was nominated, but you cannot find it in the Top 100 voting list, then it probably has not made the final 100.
Many of you have asked if you can vote for your own site. The answer to this question is YES. And how many times can you vote for one site? You can vote for AS MANY candidates as you want, but just ONCE per candidate. This goes for all categories. If you vote several times for one candidate, these votes will be deleted when we check for fraudulent votes at the end of the competition.
Good luck and enjoy!