My response to the wonderful SEO @aaronwall who's been giving us great, free advice!
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jason Calacanis Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 10:11 AM Subject: Thanks again Aaron! To: aaron@
We’re taking a bunch of your advice and refining our SEO over the coming weeks.
1. The pages that are short content we’re going to noindex after seven days of inactivity and delete them after some period and warnings to users. we don’t have any interest in breaking any rules or even doing anything border line…. 90% of our traffic comes from the big content pages (how to, Q&A and walkthroughs) so there is no upside in these in progress/stub/whatever pages. Do you think is a good plan?
2. WRT to the “scraping” advice we are using Google, Bing, etc APIs to pull in their searches and refreshing them as the pages get traffic. Not sure what the issue is because our design takes shorter abstracts than Google/Bing/etc!
3. Do you think we should remove nofollow from our links? we added this to avoid the problem of SEOs coming in and turning Mahalo into a link farm… this has worked really well IMO. We’ve seen discussions on message boards where folks say “don’t bother trying to use Mahalo for building links.”
Anyway, thanks for keep us on our toes and we look forward to more great (free!) advice from you and your team. Our team had dinner in Korea Town last night during our quarterly “codejam” and they were all raving about your advice and brainstorming over it for an hour! We really do appreciate you spending so much time on our site, design and model.
Our new goal, now that we’ve reached the top 200 sites in the United States, is to:
a) be the largest content site in the United States (bigger than even Wikipedia and About.com!)
b) be the largest and most efficient Q&A site in the United States (yes, even bigger than Yahoo Answers so day)
c) be the best provider of comprehensive search results in the United States (note: comprehensive search to us is five or more search APIs on a page including things like links, news, blogs, twitter, products, books, images, videos, facebook, ebay, etc).
Without the critical eye of experts like yourself we’ll never get there…. and for that we’re thankful!
Where are you based? Would really love for you to come by Mahalo and have lunch with the team and continue the discussion of how we can do better—and even how we can use your SEO techniques to grow! Additionally, would love to have you on This Week in Startups.
VIDEO: If it's true folks are being fired for my joke I feel terrible. http://bit.ly/cIYPTB
It was clearly a joke and I thought people got it. All the feedback I got on Twitter was that folks—the top people in the industry—thought it was a joke. It was only until I woke up the next day that I found out that the Wall Street Journal, CNN and the New York Times had printed my joke as reality.
READING: WSJ:Windows7 Boosts Microsoft's Profit--up 60% to $6.66B!
Technology Alert from The Wall Street Journal Microsoft’s quarterly profit jumped 60% to $6.66 billion, benefiting from strong holiday sales of PC running the Windows 7 operating system. Revenue jumped 14% to $19.02 billion, including $1.7 billion in revenue Microsoft had to defer in previous quarters through its Windows 7 upgrade option. Peter Klein, Microsoft’s chief financial officer, said the company sold more than 60 million copies, making it the fastest selling version in the company’s history.
Matthews continued” "You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean its something we don’t even think about. I was watching and I said wait a minute, he’s an African America guy in front of a bunch of other white people, and there he is, the president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight. Completely forgotten it. I think it was the scope of his discussion, it was so broad ranging, so in tune with so many problems and aspects and aspects of American life that you don’t think that you don’t think in terms of the old tribalism and the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard, a very subtle fact, its so hard to talk about, maybe I shouldn’t even talk about it.”4
First: Hope everything is going well at MSNBC. I respect what you set out to accomplish with Newsvine and as I’ve told you I think it is/was an interesting experiment and fairly well executed—but perhaps a little too early. You could say I’m a fan of your work. Second: I don’t judge myself by twitter follower count—I think such things are absurd and I’ve been fairly clear about that from the start. Additionally, I never asked to be a “weblebrity” or whatever folks choose to call folks who get 5x the attention of an average person online. I simply build products that I think people will enjoy and find helpful, and that I enjoy building. The 100+ blogs at Weblogs, Inc, Silicon Alley Reporter, TechCrunch50, This Week in Startups, Mahalo and Open Angel Forum (to name a few) are all project I took on and created because I had a passion for the space the folks who would consume and use the products. Since you’ve made this personal I will tell you that I try not to judge myself too much, I try to just be a good person and doing things I enjoy. When I do take the time to reflect I base my worth on if I’m a good husband, father, friend, brother, son, teacher, mentor, angel investor and human. There is a human behind the persona that has become Jason Calacanis. I certainly do not judge myself on my Twitter count—especially since half of it was gamed from offing free Nexus One phones and a Mac Book Air. :-) Getting that out of the way, in all honesty, I didn’t think I was fooling anyone. I actually thought I was making a joke. What you left out of the tweets above were the ones where I said: a) the iPad had a solar panel for charging ($200-300 in cost) b) the iPad had an HDTV tuner ($150-250 in cost) c) the iPad had a DVR (a DVR!!!) ($500 in cost) d) the iPad had a wireless pad you could lay it on to charge ($300 in cost) e) the iPad had two cameras front and back so you could do augmented reality video conferencing ($500 in cost) f) the iPad had facial recognition and that was how you logged in. g) the iPad and biometrics on either side where you could login with your thumbpring and flip through pages ($100-200 in cost) h) the iPad had a mesh gaming network for playing a custom Farmville application that let lifestock move from one iPad to another. It was intended to be an absurd joke and 95% of the feedback I was getting was from folks who were laughing saying it was a brilliant joke. So, I went to bed and slept well only to wake up to the fact that a couple of blogs and the Wall Street Journal took my spec and said it was fact. They didn’t look at the other half of the conversation on twitter where EVERYONE was laughing and joking. If it was a performance, and well, the WSJ didn’t see the audience laughing. They didn’t look at the RESPONSES to me from that night. The device I describe above would be well over 7-10 pounds and have at least $2,000 in parts. The hard drive and memory of that device would make it a VIDEO GAME LEVEL LAPTOP FROM ALIENWARE! There is no way it could be designed for $499 in a 1.5 pound package!!! Only a lazy person or someone who was so hopeful and drunk on Steve Jobs ability to bend the laws of physics and economics would ever believe this was possible….. or a journalist who was soooooooo desperate to get page views that they would print an OBVIOUS joke as reality. … or perhaps journalist who doesn’t think about the laws of physics and economics. In that way my simple joke that the JesusPad was everything and I that I was blessed to get one for 10 days before anyone AND in that position of trust was willing to destroy Steve Jobs’ keynote, was SO ABSURD only a zealot, an idiot or someone playing along would believe. It seems our industry has become filled with Apple zombies who believe that Steve Jobs can walk on water, and it’s obvious that the iPad is no better than the HP Slate or an HTC running Google’s Chrome. In fact, Bill Gates built better tablets five years ago! Steve Jobs pulled the wool over everyone by making them believe this product was a revolution, and I inadvertently exposed the fact that some folks loose all common sense when it comes to Apple products. The Reality Distortion Field is strong!!! That being said, I’m sorry to have designed a device that everyone wants in the face of Steve Jobs’ tablet which, apparently, is underwhelming when compared to the Jason’s Tablet—also known as the JTab. If you want to pre-order the JTab please send $2,500 to my paypal at jason at calacanis.com. DISCLAIMER: If you are too stupid to know that was a joke, and you do send me $2,500 I will donate it to Haiti under the name of Owa Tagoose Iam. all the best, jason
Looking for a "Conference producer & social media ninja" for Calacanis Conferences
Friends, I’m looking for a bright, hard working, tech savvy, problem solving person to help me run events like the Open Angel Forum, TechCrunch50, This Week in Startups and another event I’m planning. This person doesn’t need to have any experiencing working in event production. They simply need to be:
1. very detail oriented 2. technically savvy (think spreadsheets, email, setting up a blog, uploading a video, using social networks, buying a domain name, etc). 3. A/V savvy (or the ability to quickly pick up how microphones, video cameras, etc. work) 4. great communication skills 5. presentable and personable (i.e. can’t be introverted if you need to greet 25 people at an Open Angel Forum event!) 6. positive, resourceful and fun 7. inquisitive 8. resilient 9. hard working 10. good under pressure (and a very intense boss—me!) This is a great first or second job for someone—out of school is just fine. $30-40k to start, work directly with me and Tyler. This opportunity is in Santa Monica—NO REMOTE WORKERS (sorry!) Send a cover letter telling Tyler and I about yourself and why you think you would be good in this role, as well as your resume. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
interesting discussion with Allen Stern about Veritcal Managers
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jason Calacanis Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM Subject: Re: ?s To: Allen Stern You’re welcome to talk to Lon Harris who is running the Vertical Manager program any time Allen. He is cced above.
On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM, Allen Stern wrote: > Thanks for the reply - yes, had a few questions - here they are: > — how many vertical managers are there currently? Is there a list on the > Mahalo site? The program is in month three I think and we have nine. We are trying to add two to four a month and get to 50 in a year or so. > — how many of the vm are Mahalo staff? Zero. We only have three full-time editorial/community folks at Mahalo. We are pushing the management of page managers out to our community. We will just set standards and build tools for them going forward. > — when a vm (or page manager) is a Mahalo staff person, do they get a check > for their earnings or is it retained by Mahalo? Jason seemed to indicate > previously that the income was retained but I wanted to double check. No, we pay our staff a salary, give them stock options, etc. We have put our staff as VMs and PM on the pages we created internally since giving these high paying pages to the public who didn’t build them wouldn’t make sense. I think the VMs after just two months are making $500 to $2k a month (in US dollars)… correct Lon? we pay them a minimum of $500 a month and assign them 500 to 1,500 pages each in the first month. and right now the top number of pages they can manage is 3,000. if your negative spin is we keep the high paying pages for ourselves that isn’t true. We’ve kept the pages we made internally, but those are but a few of the top pages. many of the top pages are now owned by VMs and their PMs. if you want to talk to VM as well i’ve cced Rob Brown who is doing technology. > — the amount for a payout is currently $150, correct? yes, we moved it to $150 to accomplish two things: 1. avoid gaming in Answers (where people were doing all kinds of crazy things to make money). 2. avoid gaming on page management (where people were starting to do crazy things) This change has had zero impact on the core members because they can easily hit this in a month or two. The only people it really effected were the people gaming the system. we don’t want short term folks in the system who are creating multiple accounts to award themselves best answer (which was starting to happen). best j
my thank you email to @aaronwall for the free SEO advice: great SEO, great guy!
Aaron’s a great SEO and he’s been giving me free advice for years… really instrumental in helping Mahalo grow! If you are in the need of SEO talent i suggest http://www.wolf-howl.com/ and www.seobook.com!!!
————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jason Calacanis <email@example.com> Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM Subject: thanks! To: aaron wall thanks for the long post… it’s an important discussion.
while you did point out that we have these stub pages like wikipedia, the fact is they are < 1% of our traffic and .1% of our revenue. We used to no-index them and we accidentally took that off when we moved to Mahalo 3.0 i think.
it actually HURTS us to have these pages I’m told by multiple SEOs of note because they are not original content and google doesn’t rank them AND they spread our page rank.
from what i’m told we’re better off building more of our how to pages, walkthroughs and Q&A pages. those are getting us 90%+ of our traffic and revenue.
can you confirm this is a better strategy? i do respect your thoughts on SEO… even though i really don’t understand SEO that well.
in fact, the only thing i’m really good at is finding great writers and building a brand. if you search for “VIDEO GAME walkthrough” you’ll find we’re second only to IGN in 30 short months because our pages are better. same thing with how to articles… we’re better than ehow and only second to them in ranking.
any other tips you can give us? really appreciate it pal!
Comscore, Calacanis, Quantcast etc. — Unless you’ve been asleep or unconscious the last few days, you no doubt have been following the brouhaha kicked off by Jason Calacanis’s angry rant against Comscore and its business practices. The Silicon Alley Insider joined the fray with a post entitled …
Why We Should Boycott ComScore (and *perhaps* why traders should short their stock)
From my email newsletter today…. if you want these first, sign up for it! ————— Forwarded message ————— From: Jason Calacanis Date: Sat, Jan 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM Subject: Why We Should Boycott ComScore (and *perhaps* why traders should short their stock)
Jason’s List: Why We Should Boycott ComScore (and *perhaps* why traders should short their stock) Location: Brentwood, Ca 90049 Time: 10:45AM Listening To: Rilo Kiley’s “Silver Lining” http://bit.ly/SJIj Members: About 19,000 of you Signup: http://www.bit.ly/jasonslist Angel investments: 5 Bulldogs: 2 http://bit.ly/6sF1WD =-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-==-=-=-=-= Comscore is the technology industry’s biggest bully, and today I’m calling for an industry-wide boycott of their services. I’m asking journalist and bloggers to stop covering their stats, I’m asking advertisers to not use their services, and finally, I’m asking startup companies to not support their new and widely reported on "$10,000 to get your stats correct" extortion ring. If I was a stock trader I would short the stock—but I’m not—so I won’t (I keep my money in bonds and angel investments for the record). Also, if you own Comscore shares, I’m not going to tell you that you should sell them, but if I were an analyst—and I’m not—I would probably tell folks to sell every share they had, and as quickly as possible. Additionally, I’m asking Comscore to drop their “pay for correct stats” model in the next ten days. Let’s get into why. Comscore’s Reign of Terror ———————————— For over a decade, I’ve railed against our industry’s leading metrics company ComScore with little result. It all started when I was a journalist in the 90s for the Silicon Alley Reporter. I listened to company after company from Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley complain about how ComScore’s method of counting traffic websites, via a sample of users, was incorrect. People couldn’t understand why the internet industry, with it’s ability to track traffic perfectly, would ever adopt the failed sample-based methods used on television and radio. Comscore’s ideas were antiquated and unnecessary. Entrepreneurs would show me their internal stats, which were typically three to five times larger than Comscore’s numbers, and beg me to correct them in the Silicon Alley Reporter. However, I noticed a pattern: the big companies didn’t complain about Comscore. Why? Well, from what multiple people shared with me, you simply had to follow the money. According to these folks it was an unspoken truth for years that if you paid Comscore they fixed your numbers, and if you were a small company and didn’t, well, you suffered. Comscore would probably deny this, but their recent “pay to play” product shows their true stripes. They screwed me at Weblogs, Inc. ———————————— It wasn’t until I started Weblogs, Inc. that I really felt the sting of not participating in the Comscore protection racket. You see, advertisers love Comscore and they make advertising buys based on it. Our small, but growing blogs, were under reported month after month and Comscore basically told me to pound salt when I complained. It cost me money, and I promised myself that if I could ever support another service that wasn’t based on payola I would. Here you can see a smoking gun from 2005 when Comscore did a “study” on blogs with Gawker Media as a sponsor. Interestingly, Gawker’s blogs did really well in the study. The only problem was that Comscore’s numbers were different than the SiteMeter traffic that Gawker and Weblogs Inc. were publishing at the time. Denton privately admitted to me he support Comscore because he had to because of their reputation in the advertising industry. He thought I should bite the bullet as well and get in bed with the bullies. Not my style, sorry. [[ Some links from 2005 Comscore: Show us the data or get out of Dodge http://bit.ly/4I7S6i and ClickZ: http://www.clickz.com/3526851 - Fred Wilson throws me under the bus: http://bit.ly/8BpFnh ]] I publicly complained about Comscore but no one would really listen. Actually Jeff Jarvis did support me: http://bit.ly/8zW0GF My good friend Fred Wilson, who had invested in the firm, turned away and watched the bullies he invested in pummel me when I complained about Comscore. Fred is outspoken and an advocate of startups—except with Comscore. He’s turned a blind eye while letting his huge venture return in Comscore color his objectivity. In fact, it must be obvious to Fred that Comscore is, in fact, holding back his other startup investments by extorting money from them! Fred’s been an amazing supporter of mine over the years, but I’ve never been able to get over the fact that he invested in and supported these guys. Fred’s continued support of this company is unconscionable at this point. He needs to come out and say that Comscore charging $10,000 for this product is a pure shake down. Do it Fred… you know you want to! :-) ComScore Tries to Buy Me Off ———————————— This summer the tough guys at Comscore approached me with a clandestine deal after I continued to publicly complain about their methods. The message was clear: if I stopped criticizing them and publicly supported their server data measurement program they would not charge me. The $10,000 it would cost a year for this service would be free for me if I threw my fellow entrepreneurs under the bus. Their email to me included something out of the a Sopranos episode: "Normally there is a cost to implement, but in this case we will gladly waive the charge if you are interested.” Yeah, and if you’re not interested perhaps you would like to come on a fishing trip with us this weekend. You bastards think that after a *decade* of me trying to stop your extortion you can by me off by simply waiving some fees? I could easily pay the $10,000 fee today but I will never give you guys a dime. I will remember what you did to me when I was coming up forever. I’d rather lose half my revenue from advertising as Mahalo grows from a top 1,000 site (2007), to the top 400 sites (2008) and now a top 200 site (2009), and eventually even a top 50 site I hope (2011?)—than give you even one ounce of my support. I wrote back: “You guys are evil for charging companies—I would never support you. Quantcast and Google are going to crush you guys…. And I’m telling everyone I know to support Quantcast.” They never contacted me again. Comscore formalizes their extortion ring ———————————— This week you may have read over at the excellent “All Things D” that Comscore is now willing to do real metrics on your website if you give them $10,000 a year. They claim this is to pay for their servers. More: http://bit.ly/6Fqrhe This after they spent the last decade criticizing the direct measurement methods of their competitors like Quantcast and Google Analytics as being flawed! Now they say pixel tracking—actual measurement on the server side—is the best method. What a bunch of slim buckets. Could it be that enough publishers and advertisers have told you to go f— yourself in the past year? Could it be that Quantcast has a product that is 100x better than your service and it’s FREE? Could it be that Compete.com is secretly testing a server-side testing method like Quantcast’s and is about to kick your ass? From where I sit, this is Comscore’s desperate Hail Mary pass to try and save their dying protection racket. Comscore has ZERO value when Google Analytics, Compete.com and Quantcast allow you to publicly and freely track your stats. Bullies, Ethics & Your Part ———————————— As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I learned that when you or your friends were being bullied there was really only one solution to the problem: punch the bully directly in the face as hard as you can the second they approached you. Like really, the second they come at you—the second the first word comes out of their mouth—punch them in the face. Don’t let them even finish their sentence. If they say “I want your milk money” your fist should make contact right around the "want" mark. BANG! At a young age I tested this technique and it resulted in a couple of multi-day suspensions from school and black eyes, but it is a life-long strategy for success that has never failed me. Do not let yourself or your friends get bullied—ever. Even if you get your ass kicked, at least you got your shot in and you held your ground. When someone from Comscore approaches, you should tell them to go hell. (Note: do not literally punch them in the face—I’m not advocating physical violence here, I’m advocating voting with your dollar.) I put up a good fight for a decade but made little progress and frankly got my ass kicked by Comscore in the Weblogs, Inc. days. However, their obnoxious behavior has finally been publicly exposed. This means that we—as an industry—can finally run this bully out of town. Again, here is what I’m asking for in the Comscore Boycott. Feel free to republish this article in whole at your blog. The Comscore Boycott: Play Your Part! ====================== 1. Startups: Do NOT pay a single penny to Comscore—ever. 2. Startups who are getting this program for free (I suspect a good number): Opt out and tell Comscore to f— themselves. 3. Press & Bloggers: Please do not run Comscore’s inaccurate numbers, and please expose their extortion ring. 4. Advertisers: Do not use Comscore to plan your media buys: use the free and more accurate Quantcast. 5. Google: Please release your version Comscore killer (based on Quantcast’s model), or better yet PLEASE BUY QUANTCAST! 6. Compete.com: Please release your Comscore killer. 7. Stock traders & Analysts: Please think deeply about the potential revenue destruction that Comscore could be facing. 8. Fred Wilson: publicly state that you do not agree with ComScore’s mafia-like methods. 9. Republish this email at your blog. 10. If you have information on Comscore that should be exposed send it to me in confidence (say anonymous up top) To My “Friends” at Comscore ———————————————————- You know I’m right. As such, I’m asking for complete and unconditional surrender. Make your tracking pixel program 100% free in the next 10 days or the boycott will continue. If you’re a current or former executive at Comscore and you have an opinion on this please send me your thoughts in confidence, and I will republish them to the list without your name. If you’re a current employee who can’t deal with this any more, please add me on LinkedIn and ask for a LinkedIn introduction to the Google Analytics, Compete.com or Quantcast teams. I will gladly forward talented people from Comscore on to companies I think are more ethical. All the best, Jason You can find me here: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= http://www.twitter.com/jason http://www.thisweekinstartups.com http://www.facebook.com/jasoncalacanis http://www.blippy.com/jason (angel investor) http://www.calacanis.com http://user.gdgt.com/jasoncalacanis/ (angel investor) http://gowalla.com/users/jason (angel investor) http://www.challengepost.com/jason-calacanis (angel investor) http://www.causecast.org/member/jasoncalacanis (advisor) http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Calacanis (65% correct!) 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Tonight at 8pm EST, George Cloony, Wyclef Jean, and over 100 other music, movie and television stars will combine their efforts to help Haiti. This hour long television fund raising telethon will be broadcast on every major network throughout the world and will be simulcast on the Internet.
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————— Forwarded message ————— From: Owen Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 7:37 AM Subject: NYC Seed Announces SeedStart 2010 Summer Program-$20k for up to 10 startups for the summer 2010 in NYC To: Hi,
I am pleased to announce our summer startup program in NYC and is a joint effort of a number of great NYC firms. A short description is below along with the more formal release (bit.ly link included if you would like to tweet). Thanks. Yours, Owen Davis Managing Director NYC Seed ———————————————————- SeedStart will offer promising teams the chance to build a technology product and launch a company with the assistance of seed investment capital, mentorship and other resources. Companies will be selected through a competitive application process and each company will receive a $20,000 investment. Throughout the summer, companies will also receive mentorship from experienced New York City based venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, legal and business guidance, administrative help and technical assistance. At the end of the summer venture capitalists and angel investors will be invited to an Investor Day where each team will present their product and launch their company. SeedStart will run for 8 weeks beginning in June of 2010. SeedStart is a joint effort among Contour Venture Partners, IA Ventures, NYC Seed, RRE Ventures and Polaris Venture Partners, and also includes Fish & Richardson, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Silicon Valley Bank. The program has begun accepting applications and teams of at least two founders can apply at http://www.nycseed.com/seedstart.html by February 28, 2010 to be considered. For information, contact Owen Davis at email@example.com. http://bit.ly/5FU4Mb
According to the Wall Street Journal, there may not be exit polls released prior to the results of the January 2010 special election as generally in cases where a blowout win is expected, exit polls are not released. Per their report and a January 10, 2010, headline by the Boston Globe, Martha Coakley had a significant lead in the polls at 15 points.5
During the 2008 presidential election Barack Obama was declared the projected winner of the state of Massachusetts minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m., which was confirmed after precinct reports came in.6 Fellow Democrat John Kerry has also been declared the winner in his campaign for re-election to the Senate. The state ofMassachusetts has 12 electoral votes.7
CONFIRMED: Tiger Woods is in sex rehab in Mississippi (source: NYT) http://bit.ly/tigerrehab
Looks like Tiger is at the “Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services” center.
more: “in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is known as one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses. Since 1984 Pine Grove has offered a continuum of services ranging from outpatient to inpatient and residential treatment for adults, children and adolescents suffering from psychiatric and addictive diseases. Specialized services include the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, and professionals struggling with interpersonal difficulties. The Pine Grove Mission is to be a leader in healing and changing lives by providing the highest quality behavioral health services.” http://www.mahalo.com/tiger-woods-rehab
On January 15, 2010 the 15th annual Critic’s Awards show were held by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The Award show was broadcast live by VH1 Television Network. Independent movie The Hurt Locker won the two major categories, Best Movie and best Director, while Avatar won six awards, including Best Action Movie and Best Art Direction9 Both [[Meryl Streep andSandra Bullock were awarded the Best Actress Award. Other winners were Up, District 9, and Inglourious Basterds. Even thoughUp In The Air won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award, its single award was considered a bit disappointing.10
Nominees and winners have been chosen by members of the BFCA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which is the largest Association of Film Critics in North America, and comprises of around 200 TV, radio and online film critics.11