Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who recently donated his majority wealth to charity, is named as Person of the Year by ” Time ” magazine. This was announced by the magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel on NBC’s “Today” show (video included below). The runners up include WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Tea Party, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the Chilean miners. Mark is now the second youngest to ever receive the mag’s annual recognition.
Zuckerberg created the widely popular and influential social networking site from his university room, which reflects a major transformation in the way people communicate and do business. This site has influenced the lives of people heavily.
“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, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is Time’s 2010 Person of the Year,” explains Time.
TIME noted that in less than seven years:
“Zuckerberg wired together with a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S.” If the service were a country “it would be the third-largest, behind only China and India,”
Everyone does not agree with the choice, however. WikiLeaks founder and owner Julian Assange was also a likely candidate, and many people think his accomplishments surpass that of Zuckerberg’s.
What do you think? Do you agree with Time’s choice, or would go for Julian Assange. Do share your opinion!