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TidBITS Awards

Although we don’t publish self-serving letters gushing about how wonderful TidBITS is, over our many years of publication we’ve received numerous awards, listed below in chronological order. You may notice that the awards stop in 2007; the era of Internet-related awards seems to have drawn to a close, perhaps due to the dominance of very large companies.

MacTech 25 for 2007MacTech

TidBITS founders Adam and Tonya Engst were voted into the MacTech 25 Most Influential People in the Macintosh Community again in 2007.

MacTech 25 for 2006MacTech

TidBITS founders Adam and Tonya Engst were voted into the MacTech 25 Most Influential People in the Macintosh Community in 2006.

#3 Ranking in 2005-6 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In July of 2006, the nearly annual survey of Macintosh industry insiders again ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the third most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Apple’s Steve Jobs and Tim Cook.

#5 Ranking in 2004 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In December of 2004, the annual survey of Macintosh industry insiders ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the fifth most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Apple’s Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Bertrand Serlet, and Jonathan Ive.

#4 Ranking in 2003 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In August of 2003, a survey of Macintosh industry insiders ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the fourth most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Apple’s Steve Jobs, Avie Tevanian, and Bertrand Serlet.

#1 Ranking in Fourth Best of the Mac Web SurveyBest of the Mac Web

In the October 2002 Best of the Mac Web Survey run by Low End Mac, TidBITS won the overall honors, up from 3rd last time. We also moved up from 12th to 6th in terms of the raw number of votes.

#3 Ranking in 2002 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In July of 2002, a survey of Macintosh industry insiders once again ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the third most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Apple’s Steve Jobs and Avie Tevanian.

#3 Ranking in Third Best of the Mac Web SurveyBest of the Mac Web

In March of 2002, Low End Mac’s Best of the Mac Web Survey of over 4,000 Macintosh users ranked TidBITS as the 3rd best Macintosh site and the 12th best-known site.

#5 Ranking in Second Best of the Mac Web SurveyBest of the Mac Web

In November of 2001, Low End Mac’s second Best of the Mac Web Survey ranked TidBITS as the 5th best Macintosh site and the 13th best-known site.

#3 Ranking in 2001 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In July of 2001, a survey of Macintosh industry insiders ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the third most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Apple’s Steve Jobs and Avie Tevanian.

#12 Ranking in First Best of the Mac Web SurveyBest of the Mac Web

In April of 2001, Low End Mac’s first Best of the Mac Web Survey Macintosh users ranked TidBITS as the 12th best Macintosh site and the 15th best-known site.

Mac’s Pick of the WeekMac's Pick of the Week

For the week of March 5th, 2001, TidBITS received Mac McLellan’s “Mac’s Picks of the Week” award. He wrote, “For all those out there using the Macintosh computer and operating system, the TidBITS Electronic Publishing site is made for you. It has all kinds of tricks and traps to browse through to ensure your computer gives you the best results. A well done and comprehensive site.”

MacDirectory TenMacDirectory logo

The Macintosh publication MacDirectory in its December 2000 issue named TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as one of the MacDirectory Ten—the “Top ten visionaries who articulated the spirit of the Macintosh community.”

Macintosh Engine Recommended SiteMacintosh Engine Recommended Site

In August of 2000, the Dutch translation of TidBITS was named as a Macintosh Engine Recommended Site among Dutch-language Macintosh resources.

#5 Ranking in MacDirectory Most Influential PollMacDirectory logo

The Macintosh publication MacDirectory polled its readers in August of 2000 to choose the “Most Influential Figure in the Macintosh Industry.” TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst ranked as the fifth most influential person in the Macintosh world, behind Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, and Guy Kawasaki.

#2 Ranking in 2000 MDJ Power 25MDJ logo

In July of 2000, a survey of Macintosh industry insiders ranked TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst as the second most influential person in the Macintosh industry, behind only Steve Jobs.

Mailshell’s Best of the WebMailShell logo

In July of 2000, Mailshell’s editorial board selected TidBITS to be included in Mailshell’s Best of the Web list.

Seattle Magazine’s 25 Seattle CyberstarsSeattle Magazine

In June of 2000, Seattle Magazine named TidBITS Publisher Adam C. Engst to its list of 25 Seattle Cyberstars.

iReview 4 Star/Reader 5 Star RankingiReview four stars

In April of 2000, Apple’s iReview team reviewed TidBITS and gave us a 4 star ranking, noting as our only con that we have “limited scope.” That’s absolutely true and completely intentional, and our reader reviews average out to an excellent 5 stars, with some truly telling comments.

World Hottest 100 Mac Web SitesHottest Site Award

In April of 2000, WorldHot.com included TidBITS among their list of the World Hottest 100 Mac Web Sites.

Top 200 Web Sitesbonweb

In November 1999, the editors of the French-language site bonweb included the French translation of TidBITS among their top 200 sites.

100 Greatest Ezines100 Greatest Ezines

In September 1999, the Greatest100Sites.com included TidBITS among the 100 top electronic publications on the Internet.

Mac OS Zone Site of the Week

In September 1999, the editors of The Mac OS Zone chose TidBITS as the site of the week.

WebReference Favorite NewsletterWebReference

In June 1999, the readers and editors of WebReference chose TidBITS as one of their favorite email newsletters.

37th of Top 100 Computer MagazinesTop 100

In April 1999, Internet Valley placed TidBITS in 37th place in their list of Top 100 Influential Computer Magazines.

Dow Jones Business Directory Select SiteDow Jones Select

In February 1999, the Dow Jones Business Directory reviewed our site and awarded it 34 points out of 40, making us a Dow Jones Business Directory Select Site. An update in January of 2000 seems to have changed the award to a Wall Street Journal Web Watch: The Best Sites for Business award.

Web-Today DestinationWeb Today

Web-Today, calling itself “best of the Web, seven days a week” selected TidBITS as a Web-Today Destination on December 21st, 1998,

29th of Top 100 Computer MagazinesTop 100

In November 1998, Internet Valley placed TidBITS in 29th place in their list of Top 100 Influential Computer Magazines.

An OpenRoad Reviews 5Open Road

In November 1998, Todd Kuipers of SideRoad reviewed TidBITS for his Open Road column and gave it top ratings across the board. Todd’s review is, in our biased opinion, right on the money, and he obviously spent quite a bit of time evaluating TidBITS, for which we’re grateful.

Mac Hottest 5 Winner

In September 1998, The Mac Hottest 5 named TidBITS one of the hottest 5 Mac-related pages on the Web.

ABC’s of Parenting *** Site

In September 1998, the editors of the ABC’s of Parenting Directory awarded TidBITS their 3 Stars rating (though, to be honest, we’re not quite sure what the connection is).

Top 5 Best of WebSuite 101

In June 1998, Suite101.com awarded TidBITS the Top 5 Best of Web award in the Macintosh – General Info category.

MacTimes Mac Merit BadgeMac Merit Badge

In May 1998, MacTimes awarded TidBITS the Mac Merit Badge for incredibly helpful long-term contributions to the Macintosh community.

World Wide Web AssociatesWorld Wide Web Associates

In early 1997, we became one of ten top sites of the month at the World Wide Web Associates Web site. We are listed in the News category.

Les Webs d’Or Printemps-Ete 96Les Web d'Or

In August 1996, Les Webs d’Or awarded the French translation of TidBITS fifth place in the Informatique-Services category.

Créme de la CrémeCreme de la Creme

In August 1996, Créme de la Créme noted TidBITS as a site worthy of attention.

7th of Top 100 Computer MagazinesTop 100

In May 1996, Internet Valley placed TidBITS in 7th place in their Top 100 Computer Magazines.

Magellan 4-Star SiteMagellan

In January 1996, we were selected as a 4-Star site by the editorial team at The McKinley Group.

Top 5% of the WebLycos

In November 1995, the TidBITS site was rated as one of the top 5 percent of Web sites by Point Survey, now owned by Lycos.

BMUG Choice ProductBMUG

TidBITS was listed as a Choice Product in the Spring 1995, Fall 1995, and Spring 1996 editions of the BMUG Newsletter.