It’s that time of the year again. We are proud to announce that Top Language Lovers 2016 competition is around the corner and is being organized now for the 9th time. The race for the 100 most popular language-related blogs has gotten more furious every year since 2008 when the competition was arranged for the first time.
As in the previous years, by Top Language Lovers we mean the following:
- Language Learning Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, both from the learners and teachers perspectives.
- 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 who vlog about languages.
The 3 Phases of the Competition
Nominations (May 02–16, 23:59 CET)
You can nominate your favourite Language Lovers here! All the active blogs from last year will be automatically nominated, as well as other proposals that we have received after the last year’s competition. We will personally 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 1 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 – i.e. you can present only a nomination within the same category. The official end for nominations is May 16th. However, we will stop considering suggestions after 1,000 nominations per category.
Voting (May 19–June 06, 23:59 CET)
We will create a list of the 100 best nominated Language Lovers of each category to be submitted for voting. On May 19th, we will publish the voting lists of the Top 100* for all different categories. If your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account or YouTube channel makes it onto the voting list, you can ask your readers, friends, family or anyone else to vote for you. All the participants will be provided with a voting button before the voting phase starts.
(*Due to a technical issue the Professional Blogs category has 101 contestants this year.)
Results (June 09, 23:59 CET)
We have all hands on deck, as the competition keeps us busy! All the votes will be checked for frauds, and if needed, actions will be taken in order to adjust the votes to correspond to reality. The competitors will be ranked according to user votes (50%) as well as the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (also 50%). After that, we will gather the list of the Top 100 Language Lovers and the Top 25 list for all of the five categories. Additionally, this year we have an amusing social media campaign (see social media paragraph below). Diligent social media engagement can really boost the visibility of the participants, so don’t miss your chance to take part in it.
The final results will be published on June 9th. Each participant will be individually contacted and informed about the outcome of the competition and this year there are some great prizes that are waiting for the winners (see FAQ for prizes).
Top Language Lovers on Social Media – The Language Mess-Ups Campaign
“Language Mess-Ups” is the official social media campaign of Top Language Lovers 2016. The idea is to share the funniest and/or the most embarrassing situation that has happened to you as a result of language misunderstandings and language barriers. For example, maybe you went to a store in a Spanish speaking country and wanted to buy orange juice with pulpa (pulp), but asked for it with pulpo (octopus) instead. These funny stories will create more visibility for participants, so it’s really worth sharing one!
How to Submit Your Language Mess-Up
The story should not be more than 130 words. The stories should be sent to the email address [email protected]. It would be highly appreciated, if the participants would send a photo related to the language mess-up. However, note that it is extremely important that the photos are taken by yourself because of copyright-related matters. If you don’t have an appropriate photo, don’t worry, we will find one and post it with your story. We will put the stories and pictures of the participants together and publish them on Facebook, where they are ready for liking and . The official hashtag of this year’s competition is #TLL16.
What Are the Prizes?
This year’s prizes are truly awesome. There are also more prizes for more competitors than last year, which means that the likelihood for winning a prize is much higher. They are sponsored by the famous language learning company Babbel and ICONSPEAK, which is a company born as an inspiration from traveling and overcoming language barriers. The prizes will be free online language courses from Babbel and brilliant t-shirts from ICONSPEAK. 10 winners will be awarded with prizes as follows:
#1 Babbel online language course of 1 year + amazing ICONSPEAK t-shirt
#2-3 Babbel online language course of 3 months + amazing ICONSPEAK t-shirt
#4-10 Babbel online language course of 1 month + amazing ICONSPEAK t-shirt
What Are the Lexiophiles Ranking Criteria?
Each competitor will be individually evaluated and ranked by bab.la staff. We are aware of the fact that ranking can sometimes be somewhat subjective and may divide opinions. However, we are confident that the following ranking criteria are fair and will thus give a reliable overview of the quality of a blog, Facebook page, Twitter account or a YouTube channel.
Learning & Professional Blogs: We are looking for authored and original content, considering the depth of postings, the incorporation of multimedia (such as videos, pictures, slideshows, gifs etc.) and meaningful linking (e.g. in-depth information for further reading, background information, interesting opinions on a subject, etc.). Additionally, interaction plays an important role, i.e. sharing information and getting other people involved. The most observable feature is comments, but there is also something else: can users contact the blogger through a contact page, Facebook or similar? We also take into consideration the regularity and frequency of updating, and, finally, the overall appearance and attractiveness of the blog.
Facebook Pages: We are looking for originality and diversity of content. Good interaction means that there are discussions with shares and 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 account the relevance of the shared information, the diversity of content, the use of hashtags 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.
YouTube Channels: We looking for regularly updated vlogs which have good quality in terms of content, relevance and exclusiveness. We also take into account whether the content is presented in a pleasant and attractive way. Other important factors include the number of views of the videos, how many subscribers the channel has as well as the discussion activity.
I Am Nominated. Why Can’t I 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:
- Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel didn’t get to the Top 100 of its category.
- You already have another blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel nominated for the competition (you can have only one per category).
- We received more than one thousand nominations for the category you fit into (after 1000 we stop considering new suggestions).
What About the Results?
The results of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2016 competition will be published on bab.la website on June 9th. We will publish an overall Top 100 list and a Top 25 list for each of the five categories (see above).
My Blog/Facebook Page/Twitter Account/YouTube Channel Is in the Wrong Category
If you were nominated but notice that your blog is in the wrong category, please let us know right away, because once the Top 100 has been established, we cannot change your blog from a category to another.
Where Can I Find the Voting Button?
Every blog/Facebook Page/Twitterer/YouTuber who has made it to the voting phase will receive a voting button so that they can let their readers vote for them. You will receive it by email when the voting phase starts. It’s advisable to check you spam folder, too, in case you haven’t received the mail. Another case for not receiving an email is that we didn’t find you contact email. Should this be the case, please email us and we will forward you the suitable code to embed on your page.
Can I Vote for My Own Site?
Many of you have asked if you can vote for your own site. The answer to this question is YES of course!
How Many Times Can You Vote for One Site?
You can vote for one candidate per category. If you vote several times, these votes will be deleted and not taken into consideration when we check for fraudulent votes at the end of the competition. Let’s all play fair!
If you have further questions about the TLL 2016, you can contact us through the following email address: jussi[at]bab[dot]la.
Good luck to all the participants!