Will tweets influence TIME’s Person of the Year?

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This year TIME is partnering with Twitter to help it select the Person of the Year for 2013.  Good idea or bad one?Time Person of the Year

Time notes that “As always, TIME’S editors will choose the Person of the Year, but that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t have their say.” Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4, so you still have time to weigh in.

Remember, you are voting for the person who most influenced the news this year – for better or worse. The public seems to favor: Miley Cyrus (pop star), Recep Tayyip Erodogan (Prime Minister of Turkey), Narendra Modi (Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in India), Abdel Fattah El-sisi (Commander-in-Chief of the Egypitan Armed Forces), Wendy Davis (Texas Senator), and Edward Snowden (leaked NSA materials).

Watch for the results of the reader polls on Dec. 6 and TIME’s editors’ decision on Dec. 11.

Is this crowdsourcing at its best or worst? Should the crowd influence TIME’s editors? Who do you trust to make the decision?

I trust TIME.

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Liz Cawood

Liz Cawood


Liz’s creative outlet is writing – and gardening. She’s dabbled in fabric arts and done a few oils, and even did some rock painting for “Flood the Streets with Art” last November. She’s a voracious consumer of content and enjoys the mental gymnastics of playing with ideas.