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. Greenion

    Go Julian!

    December 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nick

    Oh, I see the problem. Time forgot to add the Question Mark at the end.

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

    December 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Way to go time, it's a bit like voting betamax as video format of the year in the 80's.
    Can we all club together and send the Time Editor some vaseline as I am sure as heck they are sore from accommodating the US government. Luckily time is not hard cover as hard to image Time magazine with a spine.

    Rick Stengel the man who took a few too many of those male augmentation pills on the internet. He is now 6ft 1 inch of total Mark Zuckerberg*

    *The previous noun with the most votes was deemed not good enough, so Mark was the winner.
    I think the peoples vote was rooster or something like that.

    December 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Abubakar S Abdullahi

    That's great experienced,u deserve morethan that......

    December 16, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
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