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It’s a sacred tradition stretching back at least to 2002: Each year, we pick the 50 best websites and pay tribute to them here on TIME.com. And this year, we’d like you to help do the picking.

So consider this an official request for nominations, which you can provide in the comments on this post. We’re not looking for the obvious ones. (We can figure out that Google is pretty cool on our own.) What we’d like are suggestions of sites we might otherwise miss, because they’re new, obscure and/or unusual. And we need them in a bunch of categories:

  • Music & Video
  • Family & Kids
  • Sports
  • News & Info
  • Financial & Productivity
  • Shopping & Travel
  • Health & Fitness
  • Social Media
  • Games
  • Education

You can name a site because it’s useful; you can name it because it’s fun; you can name it because it’s just plain cool. Most of the best ones are all of the above.

We TIME editors have also been discussing candidates among ourselves, and we’ll seek advice on Twitter and Facebook, too. So speak up, please, and tell us what makes your favorites so special. If a site you mentioned makes the cut, you can take full credit for it being there.

For context, here are our picks from the three past years: 2011, 2010 and 2009.

183 comments
morningaltruist
morningaltruist

National Geographic Animal Jam (www.animaljam.com) for Families and Kids. It's an online playground for kids, with tons of educational content from National Geographic incorporated into the game play.

AlyGilani
AlyGilani

My vote is www.pakistanlatestnews.com in news and media category.

LeeTawil
LeeTawil

What is the deadline for submissions?

Pamela Ames Radgowski
Pamela Ames Radgowski

WePay.com - the easiest way to accept payments online. Taking PayPal by storm and bringing thousands of small businesses online for the first time every week. 

Lauren Hopkins
Lauren Hopkins

EarthCam is the best website out there for virtual travel! Love all their webcams!!

Veronica Rousseau
Veronica Rousseau

Just checked out CareerDots; a very informative system that encompasses useful tools for career planning and guidance! I can check out all sorts of information about universities and align them with career options.

Conor
Conor

I am nominating BrightNest.com under the Financial amp; Productivity category. 

I still have a house thanks to them, here is the story: 

About six months ago I received an email from Brightnest saying it was the time of the year to check your fire extinguishers. Since we had just built the house and moved from an apartment I didn't own a fire extinguisher. I had planned on buying one, but never remembered when I was out shopping. I decided upon opening that email I would order a couple from Amazon and have it shipped straight away to the house and worry no more.

Boy am I glad I did. Not two days after the package arrived and I unpacked them my wife and I were watching TV in the living room and we both smelled smoke. I ran to the basement grabbing the fire extinguisher on the way to the down to find a light fixture had malfunctioned and there was a small fire in the basement. I was able to douce the flames with a few quick shots. 

Thank goodness we were home and I had the proper fire extinguisher (thanks to Brightnest.com) for each floor.

Donna Toher
Donna Toher

I'd like to suggest BrightNest.com for the Financial and Productivity category. They provide customized advice to homeowners - and have really helped me start taking better care of my house over the past few months. They've also saved me a lot of money along the way!

Farry Virgo
Farry Virgo

Education: My vote is careerdots.com ..CareerDots is a web-based career guidance and career assessment platform that can help anyone connect and learn about his/her career selection.

Farry Virgo
Farry Virgo

Education: My vote is careerdots.com ..CareerDots is a web-based career guidance and career assessment platform that can help anyone connect and learn about his/her career selection.

Anne Louis Murphy
Anne Louis Murphy

I'd like to suggest BrightNest.com for the Financial amp; Productivity category. They are a website that provides extremely helpful tips to homeowners. I've only been a user for a few months, and they've already saved me a lot of money and helped me start taking better care of my house!

Anne Louis Murphy
Anne Louis Murphy

I'd like to suggest BrightNest.com for the Financial amp; Productivity category. They are a website that provides extremely helpful tips to homeowners. I've only been a user for a few months, and they've already saved me a lot of money and helped me start taking better care of my house!

Anne Louis Murphy
Anne Louis Murphy

I'd like to suggest BrightNest.com for the Financial amp; Productivity category. They are a website that provides extremely helpful tips to homeowners. I've only been a user for a few months, and they've already saved me a lot of money and helped me start taking better care of my house!

Anne Louis Murphy
Anne Louis Murphy

I'd like to suggest BrightNest.com for the Financial amp; Productivity category. They are a website that provides extremely helpful tips to homeowners. I've only been a user for a few months, and they've already saved me a lot of money and helped me start taking better care of my house!

Henry Banninger
Henry Banninger

Shopping amp; Travel - eBay, my favorite source of inspiration and goods.

Henry Banninger
Henry Banninger

Financial amp; Productivity: Mindbloom.com - An ingenious, amusing, relaxing and clever program to keep track of some or most of your tasks. Just amazing.

KangiKanti7
KangiKanti7

Mindbloom is a great way to use small, consistent successes to make a big difference in your life!  

Gandalf Saxe
Gandalf Saxe

Mindbloom.com  (impossibly hard to put in one of the categories, I leave that to the staff)

Because it combines life goals (from tiny to large) commitment device with game mechanics and "record keeping" over the things you find inspirational. Quite a neat little site.

Financial amp; Productivity -- Beeminder.com

Simply because it's the best tool I've tried to beat procrastination.

Liz Mason
Liz Mason

Health: Mindbloom.  Helps so much with positive thinking and outlook on life.

Laraib Saleem
Laraib Saleem

Education: My vote careerdots.com.Your Interest Profiler scores will help you determine your strongest work interests and use them to decide upon occupations you may want to explore.

Siací Ross
Siací Ross

Regretsy.com for humor as well as incidentally useful consumer information.

Mindbloom.com because it works. I have improved my life, and this wonderful site has kept me on track - for FREE!

Cliff Williams
Cliff Williams

Social Media: Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor brings real-world neighbors together. It's making the world a better place!

Lindsey Buich
Lindsey Buich

Social Media: Nextdoor.com

A way to reconnect with people from your original social network: your neighborhood! Their slogan is, "Bringing a sense of community back to the neighborhood." Love it.

JosephAR
JosephAR

Travel/News: The Culture-ist -  www.thecultureist.com 

Love the content. I'm a big fan of their commitment to to travel, food and culture focused topics.

ori guttin
ori guttin

For Social Media HIGHLY recommend ViewBug.com, a photo contest community that has ran contests for  Intuit, Foodspotting, Greenpeace, Blurb, Joby, Pic-Collage, Lytro, Aviary, NYIP, MOO, etc.

roseqb
roseqb

www.mirror.co

a powerful new form of web

interaction that allows you to search for and connect with people based on the

qualities you value, for dating, social or professional purposes. 

kellymayes
kellymayes

Shopping amp; Travel: Bonobos, The Honest Company, StitchFix

Games: Kixeye

Social Media: Snapchat