The awards are presented by Mashable and sponsored by Photobucket. Potential nominees for these awards are: ComicSpace, Stu.dicio.us, BikeSpace, Bandwagon. Enjoy! KR
ComicSpace: Launched on December 5th, this “MySpace for Comics” claims to have 6,200 users today. Users can create a profile, upload a photo, build a network of friends and tag themselves. However, the two unique features - adding your favorite comics and uploading your own artwork - aren’t yet live, and the site itself feels very basic. That said, the feedback on ComicSpace profiles and around the blogosphere is extremely positive: it seems they’ve tapped into an unmet need (geeks love comics - who would have thought?). For now, users are mainly taking advantage of ComicSpace by posting links to their own comic sites, but if they improve the feature set they might actually get some traction.
Stu.dicio.us is a simple social note-taking service for students. Take notes, organize your classes using the scheduler, log your grades, upload files, create a to-do list and find shared notes from your school. If you’re a Facebook user (and most students are), they also allow you to quickly add your Facebook friends.
BikeSpace: Judging by the number of nominations they’ve received, these guys have been rallying the troops (nothing wrong with that!). This “MySpace for Bikes” began as a graduate thesis project and launched in November. It lets you upload a photo of your bike, add your favorite cycling routes, keep a journal, join groups, receive comments and build a network of friends. BikeSpace is fairly simplistic right now, but it’s an interesting idea.
Bandwagon: A neat music community - essentially MySpace Music for the UK market. Bandwagon is a really nice attempt with customizable profile pages, playlists, comments, reviews, forums and networks of friends. Bands have their own pages, too. The best feature: a really neat music player to embed on your MySpace page or your blog (see MySpace music players for more of these). However, Bebo is already a hit on the UK’s music scene, and MySpace is also strong - it remains to be seen whether Bandwagon can carve out a niche.
If you haven’t nominated yet, head over to the nominations post and leave a comment. And if you’re a startup looking to be included, don’t forget to post a “Nominate Us” button to your blog.