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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is Person of the Year

Well, according to Time Magazine at least, he is. The latest issue of Time Magazine features Zuckerberg on the front cover.

Given that few people ever make it to have their face on the front of such a respected magazine, doing so while earning one of Time’s most important awards is more than an achievement.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been labeled “Person of the Year 2010″ for a variety of reasons but there was one thing in particular. According to Time Magazine, Zuckerberg won the title because the service he created is changing the way people live their lives.

I’m not so sure about that, I will admit that Facebook has grown to such extends that it can be labeled more as more than a social network but it’s yet to change my life. Perhaps it’s because I’m too lazy to really spend time on Facebook.

Either way, Time’s editors and correspondents chose Zuckerberg as Person of the Year and since it’s their award it’s almost pointless to argue with them.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

On a side note, Time Magazine did actually have a poll in which they asked people who they saw as worthy of the award. Unsurprisingly, Julian Assange, founder of the controversial site, Wikileaks, won easily in those polls.

Yet somehow, Facebook’s creator, one of the youngest billionaires the world has ever seen was Time Magazine’s first choice. I think I can explain this without too much trouble.

Time Magazine started doing this award, sometime in 1920, even though it was called Man of the Year back then and until recently. Since then things have changed.

Whereas along history, controversial people such as Hitler and Stalin would have won because of the impact they had on the world, recently, less controversial figures have been picked.

For example, Person of the Year 2008 went to Barrack Obama and Person of the Year 2009 saw US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke taking the win.

Now, I’m not petty or anything and I will say that while I don’t really agree with Mark Zuckerberg winning Person of the Year 2010 he’s got quite the resume to match the title.


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