This has been one mighty year for Facebook CEO and co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Barely a week goes by where we don’t bring news of more Facebook developments or news on Zuckerberg himself. We recently reported on his appearance on “60 Minutes” and also about the new Facebook profile pages and of course we can’t forget the smash-hit film about Facebook and Zuckerberg, “The Social Network,” which has just received several Golden Globe nominations.
As if Zuckerberg’s year hasn’t been significant enough now we hear that the winner of TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg. The news comes to us from Stan Schroeder over on Mashable, sourced from TIME, and notes Zuckerberg’s outstanding accomplishments during the last year. Facebook now has over 500 million users making it the biggest social network in the world and Zuckerberg is also one of the youngest billionaires and has pledged to give away a large amount of his money to charities.
Another candidate for the awards was WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who as we wrote yesterday is currently fighting extradition proceedings. There are many people who would like to have seen him get this recognition although TIME’S explanation of why Zuckerberg has been awarded the title is hard to argue with as it said, “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.”
A Reuters report by Daniel Trotta says that TIME describes its Person of the Year as somebody who does the most to influence events whether for better or worse and also says how the announcement of the winner was made on NBC’s “Today” show. What do you think of Zuckerberg winning? Who else do you think could have been a better choice? We’d be interested in your views on this so please do send in your comments.