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. Missayah

    100% politicized. The end.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joel

    Lame...facebook didnt invent online communities. But who cares about facts right?

    December 15, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. SMAn

    Go for a hike in the wilderness people and get away from the darn computer.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • okiedokie

      And what are you doing here??

      December 16, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hazel

    Facebook changed a lot of people, we get divorces online, we poke people non-stop, we stalk each other even more, we know how to handle a farm and a mafia gang, we like and dislike fanpages every single day, some of our grades go down, we make friends with people who add us out of random because it is fun. Oh facebook, without you, we will still be using Myspace and Friendster

    December 15, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bradley.

    Wow TIme! Way to go with the money. Awesome. We are all so proud of you!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Run Pooch

    Wait a second, Facebook changed people's lives? Oh wait, that's right. People are more inclined to waste time and procrastinate now by posting stupid photos and stalking others who they wish they were. Great job Zuckerberg.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hosy

    This is a real SHAME. Facebook did NOT invent social media.

    world without fb=same world

    the time, when TIME magazine had some balls, seems to be over...

    December 15, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Run Pooch

      Actually, world without FB = better world.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shahidul Islam

    It is one of the best time killer....But?

    December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Noddy

    "...and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic." I don't use Facebook and it certainly didn't change my life, and I do have a life.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Okey igbokwe

    Zurkerberg deserves it. he created an empire that single handedly brought millions of people from all over d world together. places and people you hitherto thought you'll never have the opportunity of meeting are brought closer to you. if there's any award bigger and better than this, he deserves it!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. sixer

    Disagree, Assange made the news far more than Zuck and with more importance to top. Politics as usual, Times is so politically correct... Bull!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. TThor

    About the dumbest ever! Assange fighting for a better world and this bozo wins??? Unbelievable!
    But what to expect in these times of introvert '15 minutes of fame' social networking...? Facebook is just about as important as Kleenex. Zuckerberg is the person of the year??? Jeezzz....

    December 15, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. Holden

    So disappointed with TIME right now.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nudge

    The distinction is supposed to go to the person who, for 'good or ill', has most affected the course of the year.Hitler and Stalin have been past winners,but this yearly exercise joined Facebook in being a waste of time when you know who missed out in 2001.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. David

    Damn if you, damn if you don't!!!! The man has done something good, regardless if you like it or not. I personally don't use social networks, but a lot of people do and they seem very pleased. instead of criticizing a successful young man that looks very humble try to do something positive for you and for others.

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