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Chime In, Please: What Are Your Favorite Websites?

We're seeking rising stars and underappreciated gems for our annual list of the web's best sites.

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Once a year, TIME.com puts the spotlight on fifty great websites — focusing mostly on new ones and older ones which are great, but not household names. We’re about to do it again.

The list is full of sites which we TIME editors use and love. But we’re always on the hunt for more candidates, and if you’ve got any, we’d love to hear about them in the comments on this post.

Rising stars and underappreciated gems are both welcome. There’s no point in stuffing the ballot box — because this isn’t a ballot — and nominations by people involved with the sites in question, or their representatives, aren’t anywhere near as helpful as ones from sincere, unaffiliated fans.

Here are our categories:

  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Family & Kids
  • Games
  • News & Information
  • Productivity
  • Quirky
  • Social
  • Shopping
  • Web Tools

And here, to spark your imagination, are our choices for the past few years (if we’ve named a site already, it’s not a candidate for this year):

The 50 Best Websites of 2012

The 50 Best Websites of 2011

The 50 Best Websites of 2010

See you in the comments, and thanks in advance.

27 comments
ark613
ark613

Hands down, www.deadspin.com 


Best sports news website. They break the news first, and they're not afraid of a story.

NinaSidhu
NinaSidhu

"I'm a huge fan of new New York Road Runners website, http://nyrr.org and I'd nominate them for the social category. It's been live for a bit over a year and is definitely a huge upgrade now that it displays information and media about NYRR, the NYC Marathon, and other races so clearly. They really did a 180 in comparison to their previous site." 

hill_charlotte
hill_charlotte

Change.org. 35 million people and counting starting petitions to tackle whatever issues matter to them – from a girl fighting for an Easy-Bake Oven for her younger brother to Trayvon Martin's parents demanding justice for their son. http://change.org Disclaimer: I work there. But I loved it even before I joined the team!

JessicaChrystal
JessicaChrystal

.@BaubleBar is the one-stop retailer for affordable and fun fashion jewelry. BaubleBar.com offers aspirational and accessible luxury looks fit for any occasion based on the latest editorial and style-based accessory trends. Their re-branded website is absolutely beautiful and interactive, focusing on editorial style tips, new product introduced daily, and amazing customer service. A true gem of the shopping category!

AndrewBank
AndrewBank

Larky.com is a perfect fit for shopping. Free service that alerts you to all the membership discounts you never knew you had and helps you save $1,000 or more per year. Useful. Valuable. Hidden gem. Fun design. And the shaggy logo makes you smile every time.

GrammarAllie
GrammarAllie

Grammarly.com is a great fit for the "Web Tools" category. We check writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhance vocabulary usage, and suggest citations.

CameronSmead
CameronSmead

Hootsuite.com for Social, www.buyvia.com for Shopping, and Umano for Productivity!

kawika
kawika

Asana.com for productivity, metafilter for discussion, and daringfireball.net for opinion.

coolpillows
coolpillows

nice list on the comments here (and I thought there'd be zillions).  I posted this before and it's shameless I know, but The Museum of Marketing Madness is a comically curated museum of failed advertising and marketing http://www.madnessmuseum.com

alicialamalicia
alicialamalicia

http://openminds.swissre.com invites global citizens to discuss the challenges the world faces so as to build effective solutions to these complex, interconnected risks such as climate change, natural catastrophes, food security, funding longer lives.. Enough about problems, this site is all about finding solutions! 


JTLewis
JTLewis

World Gratitude Map https://gratitude.crowdmap.com/Crowdmaps have been used to track trouble-spots, election fraud and violence around the world.  What if, we thought, we used this same technology to track the  'good stuff'' instead?  Since NBCNews called it "a crowd-sourcing project with an uplifting mission."  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50337623/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.URkmJaXC34Y the World Gratitude Map’s been visited by 16,500 users in 85 countries across 6 continents. Each red dot marks a burst of bliss.

AnnaBelt3
AnnaBelt3

I love www.stitchfix.com. It's a personal shopper. Prices are REASONABLE. If you want to you can spend more for high-end clothing but if you wish to spend less they understand it. Stylists do amazing work and are so nice. That's the best shopping service EVER

sakshi.majmudar21
sakshi.majmudar21 like.author.displayName 1 Like

functionspace.org - great for students as well as researchers in the sense that it has content at every level. The best part is that you don't have to sign up to view content :)

cindyedelstein
cindyedelstein

For jewelry shopping there's very few choices as fun and breathtakingly beautiful as http://www.ylang23.com/.  The array of designers and styles keeps me clicking for hours. I really like how digital this company is -- far ahead of most jewelers -- and that I can find beautiful new jewels on instagram, twitter, polyvore and everything else. Swoon!

aliciamariec
aliciamariec like.author.displayName 1 Like

Pixorial.com - the only place for *truly* falling-down simple video editing. Especially relevant in 2013, it's the year of the video! Rue La La has to be in there for shopping. Last but not least, techland.time.com.

GiselleGonzalez
GiselleGonzalez

I'm a big fan of doggyloot.com - It's an e-commerce site that caters exclusively to dog lovers. I've purchased many products from this site and the design is pretty awesome. 

katee
katee

CakeStyle.com is a great shopping and styling site for women. CakeStyle provides clients with their own professional stylists, who then ship boxes of accessories and clothes to their clients' doorsteps. They have great stuff and it completely takes the hassle out of shopping. In other words, it makes "style a piece of cake." www.cakestyle.com.


elliott
elliott

I like themuse.com...after some other experiences, this was the coolest way I've found to search for a job

mwiltkins
mwiltkins

Tracour.com is pretty cool, it tracks all the tech rumors and and scores them to see which rumors were right/wrong.