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French Caribbean: “Les Scoops d'Or” Competition

[All the links in this post lead to French language sites]

Image by Scoopdor, on flickr, courtesy of Satyam Dorville for l'Agence Multiculturelle, used with permission.

On the blog Les Scoops d'or, Lagencedecom’ and Scoop announce the launch of a new blog and website competition in the West Indies [Fr]:

Après le succès de l’édition 2008, les Scoops d’or reviennent en 2009 avec un nouveau défi : faire découvrir non plus uniquement les sites internet de la Martinique, mais ceux aussi de Guadeloupe, Guyane et de la Diaspora antillaise.

A cette occasion nous lancons notre site Internet qui permettra à tout un chacun de visiter la première exposition virtuelle des meilleurs sites internet de la caraïbe francophone.

After meeting with great success in 2008, the Scoops d'or are back in 2009 with a new challenge: make people discover not only Martinican websites, but also those from Guadeloupe, French Guiana, and from the French West Indian diaspora.

It gives us the opportunity to launch our website, so that users can visit the first virtual exhibition of the best French Caribbean websites.

Competing categories include:

Sites Perso/Blog, Sites de Ecommerce, Site ou blogs d’Entreprises, Sites de Media, Réseau Sociaux & Forums

Individual websites or blogs, business sites, companies’ sites or blogs, media websites, social networks and forums

At present, there are about 69 blogs registered in the competition and the leaders thus far are “Massacre sur Facebook” for Guadeloupe, with 88 votes and “Kasper Extended” in Martinique, with 144 votes. In French Guiana, the frontrunner is a blog with a pun on the French name “Guy’ Yann“, which has had the most votes so far: 365. Finally, the West Indian diaspora is represented by “Zagriyen.fr” which has garnered only 9 votes – on par with Bondamanjak, a socially and politically-oriented Martinican blog, whose vote tally is also 9 at the time of this posting.

While the votes increase every day, there are great discrepancies in the numbers depending on the territory – French Guiana appears to be the most active, as compared with the poor showing for blogs from the diaspora. This is probably exactly why the “Scoops” team has launched the project – to encourage more interaction among bloggers. One way that the organizers of the contest try to keep the discussion going is by featuring interviews with bloggers in the blog section of the website.

If you want to know more about this fast-growing phenomenon in the French West Indies, “Les Scoops d'Or” can be easily found on Facebook and Twitter.

The deadline for this competition is May 10th 2009, and results in the different categories will be made public from May 11th to 17th in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Paris. Don't forget to press the “J'aime” button to vote for your favorite blog!

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