A Manx website, Work Connexions, has been short listed for a prestigious UK national award following an awareness campaign lead by Netcetera, the Isle of Man’s leading web hosting company, to recognise and foster web design excellence in the Isle of Man. Work Connexions, www.workconnexions.com, the Isle of Man’s own social media website, has been short listed in the category of ‘People’s Choice: New Site of The Year’ in the .net Awards 2007.
The nomination follows a grassroots campaign launched in October by Netcetera in which the company encouraged the people of the Isle of Man to vote for their favourite Manx sites online at the awards website. A successful PR campaign coupled with a Facebook initiative and a dedicated web page all combined to make the Netcetera’s .net Awards drive a success.
“The Isle of Man boasts an innovative Internet culture and were happy to play a role in fostering creativity and excellence,” commented Dave Boswell, chief operating officer, Netcetera. “The .net 2007 Awards are recognised as the industry’ s most respected accolade, and this year we were determined to help Isle of Man web design receive the recognition it deserves. We congratulate Work Connexions on this achievement.”
In addition, Netcetera sponsored the Innovation of the Year category in the .net Awards 2007; Joost, Adobe Premier Express, Second Life and Google Calendar were all finalists. Google Earth was awarded the Innovation of the Year accolade.
The Work Connexions website offers interactive social media features, popularly known as Web 2.0, to both people and businesses. It includes online advertising, blogging, bulletin boards and a business directory among other services.
“Business is starting to understand the influence of social media and our site makes it easy to tap this powerful medium for people that may not have the technical know-how or the time to build their own interactive web presence, ” said Leo Cussons, operations director, Work Connexions. “It’s an honour to be recognised in the .net Awards, but doubly so because it’s in the People’s Choice category. We are delighted that so many people took the time to vote for Work Connexions and are grateful to Netcetera for their support.”
Netcetera is a full-service web hosting company with more than 10 years experience serving a broad range of customers from around the world. The company’s new data centre, the £10 million Dataport in the Freeport in Ballasalla, is the Isle of Man’s largest and most advanced.