To put together the 10 Great Media Websites special report, Media Business issued a call for nominations in our weekly e-newsletter, on our website, in Tweets and in email messages sent directly to business media companies. Entries were taken exclusively via an online nomination form.
Business media companies put forward almost 60 websites for review in the following categories: technology, trade, general business, portal, launch, relaunch, paid subscription, video/multimedia and Web 2.0, which was divided into tech and trade categories.
Each site was evaluated by its appearance, organization, navigation, search functionality, video and other multimedia content, and community/social media (Web 2.0) features. One litmus test for Web 2.0 elements was recent and regular participation by users.
The final selection of websites was made by a committee of Media Business editors. Sites that were selected in the 2010 Great Websites report were eliminated from consideration in the category in which they were previously recognized.