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Stephen Colbert Given "Webby Person of the Year" Award


For quite some time, if you Googled "Greatest Living American" and hit "I'm Feeling Lucky" you'd be redirected to faux-pundit Stephen Colbert's page. Colbert achieved that status thanks to asking his legion of fans to "Google Bomb" his name with that term, posting it everywhere possible to increase his ratings. He no longer has that honor, thanks to another would-be who is bribing people with free software if they link to him instead, but Colbert has had an undeniable presence online, and now he's getting some official recognition from the Webby awards.

The Webbys Awards is an annual celebration of online culture; an Oscar for the Internet, if you will. Colbert is to be given the Webby Person of the Year award, granted, because of his skillful use (or exploitation) of the Web. In addition to Google Bombing, Colbert dominated his own Wikipedia page and managed to get thousands to donate at DonorsChoose.org.

Other winners this year include a lifetime achievement award for David Bowie, while Flickr's hardcore fanbase won the Community award. And, in the Weird category, the winner is our favorite LOLCat hub, I Can Has Cheezburger. [Source: Webby Awards via CNN]

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