#RateFriday: Go to the App Store and rate your 5 great apps right now!

A while ago we asked everyone to take a moment and rate their 5 favorite apps. We really wanted to do something more regular to encourage everyone to give great developers and great apps the great feedback they deserve, but weren't sure how to go about it. Well, Luc Vandal came up with a brilliant idea: #RateFriday.

2014 resolution: Will now rate apps I enjoy (most) fridays. I encourage you do so. Helps both developers and app discovery. #ratefriday

And we're going to steal it! Every Friday we're going to help encourage you to check out their Home screens, see which apps meant the most to you that week — the ones that helped, delighted, encouraged, entertained, informed, or simply made you smile — and rate them in the App Store.

Not only does it help the developers, but it helps us by rewarding the best apps — the ones we want more of! (If you really love an app, and really want to help out even more, take a moment to gift it to a friend or family member who'll love it too!)

Some weeks we'll do this as a blog post, some weeks as a Tweet, or Facebook, ADN, or Google+ post, or YouTube video. Whatever it takes to help get the word out!

Once you've rated your apps, let us know which ones you rated in the comments below. We'll pick one of you at random, and give you a $10 iTunes Gift Card just to say thanks for being awesome (and because who doesn't love gifts, right?)

Ready? Set? #RateFriday!