Internet's young turks that brought the world Facebook, Digg, or Twitter rally for big blogs Crunchies awards

Techno-superstars that brought the world Facebook, Digg, Twitter and other hot websites are among the Internet celebrities honored by big-time bloggers with first-ever "Crunchies" awards.

Nearly a thousand devotees of online firms and trends changing cultures around the world gathered in Herbst Theater in San Francisco late Friday to pay homage to websites voted best in online polls.

Popular blogging firms GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, VentureBeat and TechCrunch came up with the awards and voting was done via their websites.

"This is a great event for the whole community," said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who took home Crunchies for best overall website and best founder.

The awards are 14-inch-tall plastic statues of a cap-wearing monkey poised to smash television sets and other electronic devices with a bone in a reference to a scene from the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey."

The awards are tributes to Internet entrepreneurs and will hopefully spur risks on "disruptive technology" that improves lives while making money for creators, according to VentureBeat editor Matt Marshall.

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