SAN JOSE, Calif.--May 10, 2005--PayPal today announced that it has received the People's Voice Award for Best Financial Services site given as part of the Ninth Annual Webby Awards.
The Webby People's Voice Award was selected by more then 200,000 users that cast their ballots for their own personal favorite sites among nominees in 60 categories. PayPal was selected as a nominee by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, from sites based in all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries.
"We are especially thrilled to win the People's Voice Award, since we were chosen by the most important judges -- the people that use PayPal every day," said Dana Stalder, vice president of marketing and business operations for PayPal. "This recognition is indicative of PayPal's success in making the online buying and selling experience seamless and simpler for our users."
PayPal will be honored at the Webby Awards event in New York City on June 6 at Gotham Hall. More than 400 leaders from the media, advertising, business, technology, entertainment, politics and the arts fields will attend.
Hailed as the "online Oscars" by Time magazine, The Webby Awards' finalists and winners are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization.
"The 9th Annual People's Voice Awards winners provide both a remarkable snapshot of digital life today and a powerful sneak preview of where we are going next," said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and chairperson of The Webby Awards. "We're proud to shine a spotlight on outstanding sites like PayPal."
PayPal, an eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) Company, enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online. PayPal's service builds on the existing financial infrastructure of bank accounts and credit cards and utilizes the world's most advanced proprietary fraud prevention systems to create a safe, global, real-time payment solution. Founded in 1998, PayPal has more than 71 million member accounts and is available to users in 45 countries around the world. More information about the company can be found at https://www.paypal.com/.
About The Webby Awards
Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 9th Annual Webby Awards received over 4,000 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: The Creative Group; Adweek Magazines; Fortune and FSB; Ektron; 2Advanced Studios; The Online Publishing Association; MX Interactive; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Rackspace Managed Hosting. For more information, visit www.webbyawards.com.
About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.
The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group.
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