Time's Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook founder has proven to be more popular than The Social Network would have you believe.

Time’s 2010 Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook founder has proven to be more popular than ‘The Social Network’ would have you believe.

-Kathryn H. Cusimano

Mark Zuckerberg

Time magazine finally announced the 2010 Person of the Year, and no, it is not Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, as expected. Time instead chose Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg for their annual cover. So why was this Zuckerberg’s year?

Zuckerberg earned the cover “for connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives,” according to Time. At 26 years old, Zuckerberg is the second-youngest person to receive the honor since the magazine’s launch in 1927.

Though Facebook has obviously been around for several years, Zuckerberg’s name has been tossed around a lot this year, as Facebook faced complaints about privacy practices. And then there was that little film called The Social Network, now nominated for 6 Golden Globes. The film chronicles the creation of Facebook, though Zuckerberg doesn’t come off to well in it. This may be why he chose this year to donate $100 million to Newark, NJ public schools – whatever his motivations, the money will surely be used for worthy causes.

Meanwhile, in England, Julian Assange is cursing Time magazine. Maybe next year, J! (PopEater)

Tell us: What do you think of Time’s choice?

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