The Inquisitr supports the Open Web Awards

The Inquisitr has joined a range of other blogs in supporting this years Open Web Awards as an official "blog partner."

The annual awards, run by leading social media blog Mashable, rewards major innovations in web technology in 26 categories via an online vote. The awards attracted over 250,000 votes in its first year in 2007, and now established should attract even more this year.

Competitions and web award style events are as old as the web itself. From the early days of Netscape awarding a site of the day award (Yahoo use to offer this as well) through to major media players offering annual best of awards, we've seen many of these come and go. Web 2.0 though lacked a decent annual event for many years, something seemingly forgotten as the second great web boom grew and grew.

Web 2.0 is suppose to be about openness, transparency, and about delivering something new. We believe that the Open Web Awards are the only major event focusing on this category that sticks to these ideals, being inclusive and yet more importantly offering true transparency as well. This is an event for the people, by the people, not beholden to personality or politics.

There are some great sites already backing the event, including Marketing Pilgrim (Andy Beal), /Message (Stowe Boyd), How to Split an Atom (Steve Spalding) to name a few. If you've got a blog and would like to join us in backing the event, it's not too late: visit the applications page here.

We'll be covering the nominations and voting here on the The Inquisitr, and we hope you'll join us in nominating your favorite sites, and voting for those you feel deserve industry recognition.

Mashable has more details here.