Photo: Lisa Sperling via Google+
Tonight was the fifth annual Crunchies awards, where the Silicon Valley tech community gathers in San Francisco to honour itself.Except for Google, which seems to have become the whipping boy of the valley.
Host Harris Whittels started the night off by poking fun at Google’s big advances in 2011, putting up slides that showed Google+ replacing the failed Google Buzz and saying that he didn’t want the new Gmail.
Later he got personal, joking “What’s the difference between Siri and Larry Page? Siri has a personality.”
Then a couple boos rang out when Google+ surprised the audience by taking home the award for best social application of 2011, beating out Facebook Timeline, the New New Twitter, Path 2.0, and Instagram.
Google+ leader Vic Gundotra handled the moment with grace, giving a very short speech about how excited he is for what’s coming in 2012. The poor guy worked at Microsoft back when everybody hated them, too, so perhaps he got used to it then.
The rest of the night was, well, an awards show, but we won’t give away the ending — the show was sponsored by TechCrunch and VentureBeat, which already have lists of the winners, as well as GigaOm, which will no doubt post the same list pretty soon.
One award not given tonight was best dressed: Dave Morin of Path, hands down, who wore a suit with a checkered square handkerchief. Here’s the best pic we have for now:
Photo: Boonsri Dickinson Businss Insider