Facebook co-founder named TIME magazine person of the year
December 15th, 2010
07:47 AM ET

Facebook co-founder named TIME magazine person of the year

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has been named TIME magazine's person of the year.

Rick Stengel, the magazine's managing editor, made the announcement Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.

Zuckerberg created the widely popular and influential social networking site, which reflects a major transformation in the way people communicate and do business.

"Facebook started out as a lark, but it has changed the way human beings relate to each other. And Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here," TIME  says on the magazine's website.

TIME's editor, in their letter explaining "Why We Chose Him" wrote the following:

"At 26, Zuckerberg is a year older than our first Person of the Year, Charles Lindbergh — another young man who used technology to bridge continents. He is the same age as Queen Elizabeth when she was Person of the Year, for 1952. But unlike the Queen, he did not inherit an empire; he created one ..."

For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year."

For more coverage on TIME's person of the year, take a look at Zuckerberg in his early years, a photo gallery of life inside Facebook, their own chat with Mark Zuckerberg, what it's like to be working at Facebook.

And then check out who just missed the cut - the the four runners-up for person of the year.

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  1. Fredrick etta

    Am from Nigerian, and am delight to used facebook because it has make's life a better place for young people all the world. Thank's

    December 15, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      All your base are belong to us!

      December 15, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      no fb only wastes peoples life. get outside and do something productive instead.


      Go Julian!

      December 15, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • anelka

      I personnaly find it easier to find people ready to help me get the $ millions out of my imprisonned-ex-prime-minister father...

      December 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Fredrick, not too hasty now! You haven't yet met my cutie http://bit.ly/mycutie

      December 16, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    This is a good thing, Mark Zuckerberg is American and did a fantastic creation with Facebook. I wonder how any of you cynical bloggers will turn this positive story into something negative.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Facebook is for those people who cannot spend the few seconds it takes to pick up a phone and call a friend. Its for people who need to compete with others to see who has the most friends. There is no social benefit in this program.

      Hows that? 😀

      December 15, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Say'in

      @Sutler.Spot on......complete time waste.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    What?? For deleting my account without any reason? Read here: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/life-after-facebook/

    December 15, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sutler

    White and nerdy! 😛

    December 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. wikibook

    If Assange leaked Facebook info YOU posted, you would call for HIS head on a platter. Admit it.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fred Bartkowski

    Fu'k Zuk!
    How's that.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • TThor

      Hear, hear! I'll buy the t-shirt right away!

      December 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. wikibook

    And you would believe "official" reports that Assange founded Facebook if wiki leaked info YOU posted.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kara

    One of my friends has more than one hundred accounts, my society has several accounts and so do a lot of societies to promote each of their products, I know also people who only open account to spy or to spam so I really doubt Facebook has half a billion people on its website !!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Just Say'in

    Sounds a safe gutless pick to me.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. fd

    This is really a shame. We all know, who deserved it.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • TThor

      Bradley Manning first and then Assange. Would be a good start

      December 15, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Naomi Hansen

      Yeah, Assange would definitely be a good start. I'd rather have that nerd than this one.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zaheer Kadri

    A guy with talent. to understand watch SOCIAL NETWORK .. best guy in Cyber world

    December 15, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pranay Dave

    Congratulations Mark, you are also the person of the century !!!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Me

    Yeah! That's how you do it! The will of few over the will of many. The interests of corporate America over the freedom of speech. Guess all those US govt. TIME subscribers need their good night sleep. And Mr. Zuckerberg – welcome to the exclusive club of Hitler, Osama bin Laden and Ayatollah Khomeini 🙂

    December 15, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. ProtoMan

    I'm not trying to pick on a guy who made success, but couldn't there be someone else who's more deserving? I have/had a Facebook and they NEVER delete your account when you cancel your membership. This guy may not have inherited an empire, but only a select privileged few can get into the college he did, so it's not really an underdog story. In the commercial for the movie based on FB his character was quoted as saying he created it so everyone could keep tabs on everyone else's bedroom escapades. Nice contribution to society. Why not make the first paralyzed stem cell recipient the person of the year? FB is just a way for people to have fun and sometimes that fun comes at other's expense by making it easier for bullies to have anonymity.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rajul

    This shows the ugly face of American Media. Although Julian Assange lead the vote by far he has not been voted as the Person of the year. Well are we really living in the age of free and independent press. To me it sounds like the media acting as a player in the hands of Govt. Agenda.Nothing more to say and I do anticipate lot of bashing from my American frns. CNN, Time and the list goes on just to further the imperialistic agenda.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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