Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010.
Zuckerberg is the second youngest person to achieve the title at the age of twenty-six. Charles Lindbergh was only a year younger when he was named back in 1927.
Time wrote: “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 US. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India.”
“Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a Facebook account, but 70% of Facebook users live outside the US. It’s a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here.”
Many don’t agree, taking the time to post that Julian Assange, Mr WikiLeaks, should have been made the Person of the Year. He was one of the runner-ups, along with Hamid Karzai, the Tea Party and the Chilean miners.
It has certainly been a big year for Zuckerberg. 2010 saw Facebook top 500 million users, and also witnessed him making charitable donations to the tune of $100 million. Then there was The Social Network film, which has been a huge hit in itself, even if it doesn’t portray the CEO in the best light.