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. Egbuji Tony Nonso

    the guy really did a wonderful job. through his cyber world, he brought many indiuiduals together. Thats an award well merited. Brave Zurkerberg.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jun Hyuk Jang

    Mark zucker! do you remember me ? You met me in Korea which is in Famous Cafe! Make Facebook 2!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Batur

    Ohhh...What happened to my Recep Thayyip Erdogan... How SAD!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. anelka

    What happened to Assange?
    His acts had a far greater effect on the world politics than this nerd getting rich by making people expose their private life.

    Why not twitter or chatroulette then?
    Talk about impact...

    December 15, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Batur

      Very good point...

      December 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. CNNzombieParrot

    Zurkerberg deserves it. he created an empire that single handedly brought millions of people from all over d world together

    December 15, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. nicolas

    Person of the year is a scam. Zuckerberg, was the 10th person in their list chosen by voters. It had 9 people ahead of him all the the upt to the top. At top, Assange was 1st and Erdogan (Prime Minister of Turkey) was 2nd. Time switched it around, it pulled down the actual list which was live until last night. You can still google and see the news articles of the real Number 1 and 2 in Time's Person of the year list.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. bennysheehan

    A – why am I auto logged into comment on this crap? Facebook... the anti thesis of privacy. B – why doesn't this article even mention that Julian Assange got more votes. TIME you are over and CNN better stop insulting their readerships intelligence – I wont be back.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Facebook, you have a lot of splaning to do. Facebook?!??!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Weren't Hitler and Dubya Bush awarded this same prize? And did they really get the most votes? I'm just wondering.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Aleksander Diesen

    Zuckerberg didn't win. It was Assange that got the most votes!!

    December 15, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. ProtoMan

    I don't know the exact quote, but an Atlantic City NJ politician once said during prohibition that if the people wanted bible readings we would have given them that as opposed to booze, loose women and gambling. Our media is not giving us what we want. Not all of us want bible meetings, but most of the people who comment here seem to have a clear moral agenda. Whether we agree or not on the agenda we still desire the truth. Our media is deciding what's best for us and Zuckerberg's appointment as person of the year proves that. I love how journalistic outlets are constantly playing the anti conformist beacon of light while at the same time suppressing the people by choosing the facts for us like the conformists they so despise. You can't have it both ways media. We're not that dumb. Way to drop the ball TIME. Why honor cancer research when you can honor a site that was intended to get some college tail? Lol

    December 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Brieske

    Time magazine is filled with a bunch of low I.Q.d liberal morons.
    The Supreme Leader of Iran should have been selected. Within a year's time, he will have developed a nuclear weapon. Before he can achieve this, Coalition Forces will invade Iran and destroy the Iranian Army. First of course, we will bomb them for 120 days.
    The Supreme Leader should have been selected because he is about to cause a war.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OompaLoompa

    Oompa Loompa doopity doo I've got a little story for you. Oompa loompa doopita dee if you are wise you'll listen to me:
    What do you do when the news is all wrong, and their only concern is Lindsay Lohan's thong?
    What do you do when the press is a fraud that thinks the president is a God?
    There is just one thing to do read a book and stay in school. Don't be sheep don't be a tool. Ok I'm done

    December 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elujekor Pauline

    Thanks to facebook founder it has really made to extend my boundary of friendship.I have actually widen out.Thanks ones again....

    December 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wagner

    They chose Zuckerberg because it was a easy, non controversial choice while choosing Assange would have required guts. It is all about putting the face of someone popular enough to sell covers. Ironically, that is what Facebook is all about...popularity. With Zuckerberg winning, I guess it mean bigger things for Facebook, there was a poll this morning about what the TIME award means for Facebook's future. http://my-take.com/poll/mark-zuckerberg-is-person-of-the-year-how-will-this-influence-facebook I'm betting that there will be a facebook v google fight over our personal data instead of the data that really runs the world.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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