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Mark Zuckerberg is Time's 'Person of Year'

2010-12-15 16:37

New York - Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2010.

At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest "Person of the Year" since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time said on Wednesday.

Zuckerberg beat out Britain's Queen Elizabeth II by just two weeks: She was 26 when she was named in 1952. Incidentally, Queen Elizabeth II has recently joined Zuckerberg's social networking behemoth.

Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world's youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

Earlier this year, he pledged $100m over five years to the Newark, New Jersey, school system. Now, he's in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country's wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook's shares.

Zuckerberg has built Facebook into an international phenomenon by stretching the lines of social convention and embracing a new and far more permeable definition of community. In this new world, users are able to construct a social network well beyond what would ever be possible face-to-face.

"I'm trying to make the world a more open place," Zuckerberg says in the "bio" line of his own Facebook page.

Born in Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room, the site has grown in six years to more than 500 million users worldwide and worth billions of dollars.

Time's "Person of the Year" is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill.

Federal reserve chairperson Ben Bernanke received the honour last year. The 2008 winner was then-president-elect Barack Obama. The 2007 winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Other previous winners have included Bono, President George W Bush, and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Comments
  • Conde_Nast - 2010-12-15 16:46

    "In a sense, Zuckerberg and Assange are two sides of the same coin. Both express a desire for openness and transparency. While Assange attacks big institutions and governments through involuntary transparency with the goal of disempowering them, Zuckerberg enables individuals to voluntarily share information with the idea of empowering them. Assange sees the world as filled with real and imagined enemies; Zuckerberg sees the world as filled with potential friends" Ridiculous analogy. Comparing facebook's "share" so we can sell it and make a profit with Wikileaks is blasphemous... We had to invent some stupid excuse for naming the 10th (or something) person on the list, person of the year. But what do you expect when Beck and Palin were on that list too...

  • geyser.cape - 2010-12-15 17:51

    Facebook is not a social revolution it is more control of people. Zuckerberg passes on all information about every one facebook to Israeli Mossad. So be very careful listing yourself on facebook.

      Howzitekse - 2010-12-15 19:02

      Not a social revolution at all. Just a small diversion. He made big bucks though, that must make people at Time mag like him lots, in all sorts of ways. What does Mossad do with the info about me? Will they send me a strippergram for my birthday? will they??

      Howzitekse - 2010-12-15 19:02

      Not a social revolution at all. Just a small diversion. He made big bucks though, that must make people at Time mag like him lots, in all sorts of ways. What does Mossad do with the info about me? Will they send me a strippergram for my birthday? will they??

      Motheba - 2010-12-15 19:49

      Why would Mossad be interested in me?

      Motheba - 2010-12-15 19:49

      Why would Mossad be interested in me?

      JMan - 2010-12-16 08:04

      Yeah. I think your tinfoil hat is a bit tight there....

      JMan - 2010-12-16 08:04

      Yeah. I think your tinfoil hat is a bit tight there....

      Shukriyya - 2010-12-16 16:50

      HILARIOUS!!! yeah Mossad is sooooo interested in your FB.sheesh paranoid much??? what have you got to hide...hmmmm??

  • Philip - 2010-12-15 18:38

    And Malema thought he will be nominated! Now he is going to nationalised facebook- that is the rumours

      Peter - 2010-12-16 08:12

      LOL!

      Peter - 2010-12-16 08:12

      LOL!

  • zip reeper - 2010-12-15 20:31

    Time is a useless, unimaginative magazine trying to gain publicity with its hackneyed 'person of the year' rubbish. It is time they were shut down. Don't even know why media are running this story.

  • JMan - 2010-12-16 08:03

    Bush was a person of teh year??? Must have been a (veeeeeeerrryyy) slow year. :/

  • NickR - 2010-12-17 08:10

    Time's Person of the year award has been useless for the last 10 years or so. Maybe more.

  • Smanga - 2010-12-17 12:14

    People, if you were less jealous... you'd be much happier

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