Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2010
Have you heard that Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of the international digital phenomenon social networking site, Facebook was named Time magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year yesterday. The Facebook website (www.facebook.com) currently has more than half a billion users, I am one of them–are you?
Time magazine defines their Person of the Year as the person who has influenced events of the year, for better or otherwise.
Time editor Richard Stengel says, “This year they passed 500 million users. … The scale of Facebook is something that is transforming our lives. One in 10 people on the planet, and it’s excluded in China where one in five people on the planet live.”
“It’s not just a new technology. It’s social engineering. It’s changing the way we relate to each other. I actually think it’s affecting human nature in a way that we have never even seen before.”
Mark Zuckerberg was 19 years old when he started Thefacebook.com from his Harvard dorm room! Zuckerberg is now 26 years old. As well as being the youngest Time magazine Person of the Year since 1927, Zuckerberg is also one of the world’s youngest billionaires.
Being so young, I think he’s pretty impressive to have achieved all that he has! I think there are a lot of similarities between Zuckerberg and Apple king Steve Jobs in the way the present with passion and belief in their products and people around them.
Earlier this year Zuckerberg was also named Vanity Fair’s Most Influential people of the Information Age. Facebook is now valued at approximately $25 billion with revenue for this year estimated to reach as much as $2 billion. Jobs was a close runner up!
The Time magazine readers actually prefferd WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this year but the magazine chose Zuckerberg after looking at past winners. I think it was a wise choice to avoid the bad press Assange has been getting lately!
The rest of the results from Time magazine were (in order after Zuckerberg), The conservative Tea Party political movement followed by Assange, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the 33 trapped Chilean miners.
If the 2011 results list is as influencial as this years list, it’s going to be another interesting year in 2011!
Yours in social media,
Paul @ Brio.