The first version of Next Big Web Thing attempted to be more of a competition, polling sort of site. We run it for around 6 months in this manner, during which time there were 4 big votes and a number of entries of a single site per post style.
Now that the format has changed to a more personal blog style, I didn't want to cut the pages that serviced the old model completely adrift, so I thought I'd archive them via here. The archive will act as an insight into our first 6 months, when I personally feel we helped promote and uncover some exciting new web projects - the quality of the 4 vote winners should testify to that.
March 2006 blog archive page - The second vote.
April 2006 blog archive page - The third vote.
May 2006 blog archive page - The final vote.
Past Winners Page - see the results of the four votes, along with a quick summary of the appeal of the winning sites.
August 2006 marked the start of V.2 of The Next Big Web Thing.
The actual Monthly Poll page has gone - to get rid of the PHP stuff that was running it and free up a MySQL database for someone more needy than I.
Basically, when we were running the monthly votes - this was all you needed to know about taking part. Read the old FAQs.
The project was initially started as a group blog - having a number of eyes looking for interesting web stuff was always going to be more interesting than having just one set - so I spoke to a number of people I knew professionally and asked them to contribute. They all were in agreement, but unfortunately, it never really took off. Had it, these would have been the regular team members.
If a site made it to a blog post, we offered them the chance to show off the fact with a badge. The could choose either a swanky chicklet or a typical small badge to display on their sites. They could get them on our nominees page.
And that's version 1 of The Next Big Web Thing - it was fun! Even though the competition has finished, stick with us as we'll be adding a few little extra sections to the site - and keeping a hall of fame for the sort of sites we see that would have gone into the competition.