Facebook’s Zuckerberg Beats Out Assange, Tea Party for Time’s Person of the Year

December 15, 2010

(ChattahBox US News)— Meet Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, 26, the freckle-faced billionaire co-founder of Facebook, and now Time’s 2010 Person of the Year.  Zuckerberg is the second youngest Time honoree, after Charles Lindbergh, who was 25 when he graced the magazine’s cover in 1927. Zuckerberg beat out the tea party, WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange and the Chilean miners. The Facebook creator now joins the ranks of Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II and President Obama, as “The person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse.”

When all was said and done, Zuckerberg was chosen because of the monumental impact the social networking service Facebook has had on how people around the globe now interact with others.

“For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year,” says Time Magazine.

Time goes on to marvel at the sheer size of Facebook’s global network.

“In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India. It started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. We are now running our social lives through a for-profit network that, on paper at least, has made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over.”

Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel points out how Facecbook has become a fixture in our lives in just a few short years.

“This year they passed 500 million users — one in 10 people on the planet,” Stengel said.

The lengthy Time profile of Zuckerberg paints a portrait of a focused individual, who is sort of kind of “remote and socially awkward,” but not really.

“Zuckerberg is a warm presence, not a cold one. He has a quick smile and doesn’t shy away from eye contact. He thinks fast and talks fast, but he wants you to keep up. He exudes not anger or social anxiety but a weird calm. When you talk to his co-workers, they’re so adamant in their avowals of affection for him and their insistence that you not misconstrue his oddness that you get the impression it’s not just because they want to keep their jobs. People really like him,” writes Time’s Lev Grossman.

Photo Source: Wikimedia/Jason McELweenie/Flickr/Mark Zuckerberg at South by Southwest, 2008/Creative Commons Attribution.


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