Finalists for RFT Web Awards -- Revealed!

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The votes are in for the RFT's first-ever Web Awards! And while we're not about to tell you who won -- not quite yet, anyway -- we've got the full list of finalists right here.

The winners were nominated by you and chosen by our esteemed panel of judges. We'll be announcing the winners online next Tuesday, as well as in our print edition, so please stay tuned. We'll also have information about our judging panel tomorrow.

In the mean time, congratulations are due to the following fabulous finalists, listed in full after the jump.

Best Neighborhood Blog
Cherokee Street News - http://cherokeestreetnews.org
NOCO - http://nocostl.com
Visit the Loop - http://visittheloop.com
Tower Grove East - http://towergroveeast.org
Downtown St. Louis - http://www.downtownstl.org

Best Music Blog
Speakers in Code - http://www.speakersincode.com
I Went to a Show - http://iwenttoashow.com
5 Score Pachyderm - http://www.5scorepachyderm.com
KDHX Blog - http://kdhx.org/blog
Music of the Hour - http://musicofthehour.com

Best Sports Blog
Joe Sports Fan - http://www.joesportsfan.com
Viva El Birdos - http://www.vivaelbirdos.com
Frozen Notes - http://frozennotes.com
Inside STL - http://www.insidestl.com/insideSTLcom/STLSports/SportsBlog

Best Personal Blog
Small Town Girl's Guide - http://smalltowngirlsguide.com
Patrick Powers - http://patrickpowers.net
The Cubicle Chick - http://www.thecubiclechick.com
Cupcake Project - http://www.cupcakeproject.com
South City Confidential - http://southcityconfidential.com

Best Arts Blog
Saint Louis Art Map - http://www.saintlouisartmap.org
2 Buildings 1 Blog - http://www.2buildings1blog.org
St. Louis Artists' Guild Blogs - http://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/new/blogs-various
Look/Listen - http://www.stlmag.com/Blogs/Look-Listen

Best Food Blog
Iron Stef - http://chairmanstef.blogspot.com
Andrew Mark Veety - http://www.andrewmarkveety.com
Sounding My Barbaric Gulp! - http://www.barbaricgulp.com
STL Hops - http://stlhops.com
Off the Eaten Path - http://offtheeatenpathstl.com/

Best Politics Blog
STL Today Political Fix - http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix
John Combest - http://www.johncombest.com
St. Louis Beacon - http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics
Fired Up Missouri http://www.firedupmissouri.com/

Best Local Activism Blog

St. Louis Activist Hub - http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com
St. Louis Volunteen - http://www.stlouisvolunteen.com
Slow Food St. Louis - http://www.slowfoodstl.org
Preservation Research - http://preservationresearch.com
Next Stop STL - http://www.nextstopstl.org
Show Me No Hate - http://showmenohate.blogspot.com/

Urban Review STL - http://urbanreviewstl.com

Best Flickr Pool
bobcrowe_com / Bob Crowe - http://www.flickr.com/people/bobcrowe
lhkwok / Louis Kwok - http://www.flickr.com/people/lhkwok
stensoul/ Peat Wollaeger - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stensoul/
tjlphotography/Tom Lampe - http://www.flickr.com/people/tom_lampe_photography
theroyale / Steven Fitzpatrick Smith - http://www.flickr.com/people/12301761@N00

Best Use of Video in Entertainment
Lo-Fi St. Louis - http://lofistl.com
Living St. Louis - http://livingstlouis.wordpress.com
Toasted Rav - http://www.toastedrav.com
The Rise to the Top - http://www.therisetothetop.com
Camping Gear TV - http://campinggeartv.com

Best Use of Video in Food Blogging
Let's Dish - http://www.stlmag.com/St-Louis-Magazine/Food/Lets-Dish
Scott Roberts - http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/weeklyfirecast

Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Business/ Organization
Charter Communications - @Charter
Saint Louis Science Center T-Rex - @SLSC
STL Metro Transit - @STLMetro
Pi Pizza Truck - @PiTruckSTL
Schlafly Beer - @Schlafly

Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Personal Brand

Claire McCaskill - @clairecmc
Dana Loesch - @DLoesch
Danielle Hohmeier - @daniellesmyname
Michael Tomko - @michaeltomko
David Garland - @TheRiseToTheTop

Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business
Left Bank Books - http://www.facebook.com/LeftBankBooks.STL
Cranky Yellow - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cranky-Yellow/27298581605
Star Clipper - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Clipper/275545919005
The Royale - http://www.facebook.com/royalestl
Foam Coffee and Beer - http://www.facebook.com/FoamCoffeeandBeer


Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Personal Brand

Beth Bombara: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Bombara/191891043114
David Sheets: http://www.facebook.com/david.sheets
Steve Ewing: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502626235
Angela Ortmann: http://www.facebook.com/STLwinegirl
Bill Chott: http://www.facebook.com/theimprovtrick

Best Locally Built iPhone App
Pocket Booth - http://projectbox.com/pocketbooth
Metro STL - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/metro-stl/id385156722
Aisle 411 - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aisle411/id394218369
Schlafly Beer - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/schlafly-beer/id366578488

Best Local Celebrity Site
Punching Kitty - http://punchingkitty.com
Review STL Celebrity Gossip - http://www.reviewstl.com/category/off-the-wall/celebrity-gossip
Toasted Rav - http://www.toastedrav.com

Best Sex Blog
The Beautiful Kind - http://thebeautifulkind.com
Sex Positive St. Louis - http://sexstl.com

Best Start-Up
Appistry - http://www.appistry.com
Mom's Originals - http://www.momsoriginals.com
St. Louis Coworking - http://theshellbuilding.com/saint-louis-coworking
Aisle 411 - http://aisle411.com
Whiz Tech Technology Cafe - http://www.whiz-tech.net

Best Club Site
The Pageant - http://www.thepageant.com
Firebird - http://www.firebirdstl.com
The Luminary - http://theluminaryarts.com
Pop's Nightclub & Concert Venue - http://www.popsrocks.com

Best Restaurant Site
Crave the Cup - http://www.cravethecup.com
Latitude 26 Tex Mex - http://latitude26texmex.com
Pi Pizzeria - http://www.restaurantpi.com
Cheese-ology - http://www.cheese-ology.com
The Royale - http://www.theroyale.com

Best Designed Site
Coolfire Media - http://www.coolfiremedia.com
Toky - http://www.toky.com
Music of the Hour - http://musicofthehour.com
Downtown St. Louis - http://www.downtownstl.org
Via Dove - http://www.viadove.com

Best Twitterer
Chris Reimer - @RizzoTees
Nelly - @Nelly_Mo
Mayor Slay - @MayorSlay
Todd Randall Jordan - @Tojosan
Melody Meiners - @CosmosGirl

Video of the Year
Star Clipper Zombie Commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS0nHX0VECE
Aquabats Stagediving Kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf1zPWz-s4o
Corle 2 Da's So St. Louis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jBhcH-LS64
The Other Guys Premiere Winner Announced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1AH1Jq7At0

Tweet of the Year

Lady Gaga vs. The Westboro Baptist Church: http://twitter.com/#!/ladygaga/status/18818113446
"Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang."
Kings of Leon and the infamous Pigeon Shit: http://twitter.com/#!/doctorfollowill
"So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in jareds mouth. Too unsanitary to continue."
Redbirds start the Stand for Stan: http://twitter.com/#!/CardsInsider/status/14698184570
"#Cardinals begin campaign to honor Stan Musial: http://tinyurl.com/24fr3lw Watch daily photo tweets of fans Standing for Stan #standforstan"
Globe-Democrat story breaks online: http://twitter.com/#!/RobRains/status/19028151727
"Important announcement: The sports staff at Globe-Democrat.com has resigned, effective July 21, to pursue other opportunities(more)"

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