Each year, TIME selects one person who has most affected the news of our lives in the past year. Since the magazine’s first selection of Charles Lindbergh as 1927’s Man of the Year, this special issue has become an annual tradition.
This year, in the weeks leading up to the Person of the Year announcement, Twitter and TIME are teaming up to spark a global conversation around who you think should be chosen.
While the choice is ultimately made by TIME editors, this will give everyone who’s interested an unprecedented chance to air their opinion and cast a vote before the final decision. Using Poptip, TIME will gather votes on Twitter, where readers can weigh in on who made the biggest impact in 2013 via Tweets.
Here’s how to submit your choice before December 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET: Tweet the name you think TIME should choose along with #TIMEPOY. Your choice will be tracked on Time.com. Poptip will gather Tweets that include #TIMEPOY and Tweets that are replies to @TIME’s callout for #TIMEPOY to fully capture the conversation. The Poptip technology registers votes even for misspelled names.
TIME will also share Vine videos of celebrities, politicians and influencers about their choices. You can submit your own Vine using #TIMEPOY; they will be featured on Time.com.
Managing editor Nancy Gibbs will announce the Person of the Year on NBC’s TODAY show on Wednesday, December 11, followed immediately by a Tweet from @TIME.
So let’s get started: Who do you think should be #TIMEPOY? Here’s my vote!