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TIME claims it chose the Facebook CEO because of how he has changed our entire social structure

TIME has selected the CEO of the social networking giant 'Facebook' as Person of the Year 2010 for "changing how we all live our lives."

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, was born in 1984, which is the same year the Macintosh computer launched. He grew up with the technology, mastered it and has created a social networking empire with nearly 600 million users. He has been chosen as Person of the Year 2010 by TIME for "connecting 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." 

TIME further detailed why it chose Zuckerberg, saying that he is at the very center of the social changes our world is experiencing. The creation of Facebook has altered the way we communicate with one another entirely and has expanded our social circle. TIME quoted Virginia Woolf, saying "On or about December 1910, human character changed." It was noted that a century later, transitions are taking place once again.

"We are living through another transition," said the TIME article. "The way we connect with one another and with the institutions in our lives is evolving. There is an erosion of trust in authority, a decentralizing of power and at the same time, perhaps, a greater faith in one another. Our sense of identity is more variable, while our sense of privacy is expanding. What was once considered intimate is now shared among millions with a keystroke."

According to scientist Robin Dunbar, humans have the widest social circle of any primate species with about 150 people in their circle. Our ancestors may have only encountered 150 people in their lifetime, but now, thanks to social networking, humans are capable of exceeding that number and beyond. 

Not only does Facebook expand our social circles like never before, but it also taps into two human characteristics that never change: narcissism and voyeurism. This, according to TIME, is mainly why this social phenomenon is prospering faster than any other social advancement.

"In a single day, about a billion new pieces of content are posted on Facebook," said the TIME article. "It is the connective tissue for nearly a tenth of the planet. Facebook is now the third largest country on Earth and surely has more information about its citizens than any government does. Zuckerberg, a Harvard dropout, is its T-shirt-wearing head of state." 

Zuckerberg was chosen amongst four other runners-up, including The Tea Party, which is a political movement that began in the United States in 2009 to sponsor nationally and locally-coordinated protests against the government; Hamid Karzai, the 12th and current President of Afghanistan who became an important political figure after the Taliban government was removed in 2001; Julian Assange, editor-in-chief for WikiLeaks, which was a whistleblower site that leaked government documents onto the Internet to shift regime behavior, and the Chilean Miners, who were trapped at the San Jose copper-gold mine in the Atacama Desert by Copiapó, Chile from August 5, 2010 until October 13, 2010.

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Must be a slow news day..
By DukeN on 12/15/2010 10:46:35 AM , Rating: 4
Wow so this guy made it so people could waste more time on useless shit, EVEN MORE.

Might as well give it to Snooki and co.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By FaceMaster on 12/15/2010 10:48:52 AM , Rating: 2
I don't understand what's so important about him, though. Facebook wasn't the first social networking site, it wasn't even the first 'popular' one (myspace?). It just happens to be the one that most people use now.

Well done to him for being successful, but I don't see what he did that was any different to those who came before.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By maven81 on 12/15/2010 11:31:02 AM , Rating: 2
I totally agree, he did not invent a new way for people to communicate, and facebook wasn't the first successful attempt at it. If that's their logic, they may as well make the CEO of coca cola person of the year. After all millions of people all over the world drink it, never mind that they didn't pioneer carbonated beverages.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By inighthawki on 12/15/2010 12:01:07 PM , Rating: 5
Not to mention all the privacy atrocities he's committed with Facebook.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By spread on 12/16/2010 12:57:43 AM , Rating: 3
That was nothing compared to what's coming. Now they ask that you 'verify' your identity with credit cards.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By BBeltrami on 12/15/2010 12:06:21 PM , Rating: 1
I agree. Time missed the mark; the man of the year should be "Social Networking" ... But it's too late, this was news last year.

I know I'm not the only person who is using Facebook less and less. I haven't signed in more than twice in the last few months. There's only so much narcissism a guy can take. I don't play Mafia Wars, chain status updates are irritating and sophomoric, and even when status updates are "real", I find that I don't really care if you're enjoying food at Applebee's, sharing photos from the drunken weekend, cussing your ex, or bedding down for tomorrow's mid-terms.

Time Magazine hasn't been relevant for over 15 years. But there was a Facebook movie, so someone at Time must have noticed. If Hollywood cares, Time cares because that means it's important... dammit! I bet one of the editors even asked their child to explain this "Face Book Thing". That editor is now lost in Farmville, calling in sick, friending strangers and neglecting personal hygeine.

YAY Mark Zuckerberg!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By The Raven on 12/15/2010 11:49:06 AM , Rating: 2
Well said.

But I do have to say that I am not necessarily a Zuckerberg hater. I liked what he said in his interview with Barbara Walters when asked about privacy issues that FB has had.

He pretty much just said that if you put something on the internet, it can and will get out there out of your control.
I think everyone should hear that. Especially before using FB lol.

If any of these people get sick of FB dicking with them, they can leave and use/create a competitor's site. But please stop with the lawsuits @$$es. After all, it is FB we are talking about, not the G-D Emergency Broadcast System!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By msheredy on 12/15/2010 6:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, this one came out of left field! Maybe if Steve [Jobs] had a movie made about him he would have won LOL!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By Samus on 12/15/2010 8:17:52 PM , Rating: 2
HE may have changed the way people communicate, but is that a good thing?

All people do now is facebook at work and on their phones while driving!

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By jhb116 on 12/15/2010 8:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
umm did you read the runners up - Karzai and Assange - what? The first has arguably become a symbol of corruption and the second is an Anarchist currently targeting the destruction of the US. Do these guys also run the Nobel Prize institution as well??

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By marvdmartian on 12/16/2010 8:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
Time's person of the year awards are about equally as meaningless as the various car/truck/SUV/whatever of the year awards. It's more about popularity and advertising dollars than anything else.

RE: Must be a slow news day..
By frobizzle on 12/16/2010 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think a much more poignant award would be Clown of the Year. Or perhaps Moron of the Year. In either case, the number of candidates each year would be staggering! Just look at some of the possible recipients:

Christine O'Donnell, Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, John "I'm crying my eyes out" Boner, Jim Demint (aka Jim Demented), Michael Steele, Rand Paul, Barrak Obama, David Patterson, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga,Tiger Woods

I could go on with this list for a very long time but I think you get the idea!

And Its ZUCKs
By Nehemoth on 12/15/2010 10:51:16 AM , Rating: 4
as the last name of the choosen one.

Perhaps if they had chosen facebook, instead of Zuckenber, it was not so obvious that they did to deny it to Assange

RE: And Its ZUCKs
By maven81 on 12/15/2010 11:36:39 AM , Rating: 5
Right. In Assange we have 1 individual who actually believes he can change the way world governments operate. But instead let's acknowledge the guy that made billions off of people's narcissism.

RE: And Its ZUCKs
By VitalyTheUnknown on 12/15/2010 12:57:23 PM , Rating: 5
Moreover, Julian Assange overwhelmingly won the Reader's choice of "TIME" Person of the year with more than 380.000 thousand of votes, so If it was a popular vote, Assange would've won.

I like this comment on

"WikiLeaks makes corporations and governments transparent to the citizens.
Facebook makes citizens transparent to corporations and governments."

And Facebook has been around for what 5-7 years now? What an idiotic decision, shame on you TIME magazine.

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg - TIME's 2010 Person of the Year for changing how we all live our lives.


RE: And Its ZUCKs
By omnicronx on 12/15/2010 4:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
Should have just been social networking in general..

Seems like a pile of cr** to me..

Mark Zuckerberg wins the award upright, but Bill and Malinda Gates only win through proxy as 'The Good Samaritans'.

Scum of the year
By Shadowmaster625 on 12/15/2010 11:35:02 AM , Rating: 4
So the guy gets rich off of the stupidity of a bunch of idiots, then calls them dumb f***s (tinyurl 28srclp), and then gets person of the year for it. (Bush, Bernanke, and Hitler also got this award.) And all those dumb f***s still continue to use that crap site which is just designed to carve up all your personal information and sell it to the highest bidder.

RE: Scum of the year
By Solandri on 12/15/2010 2:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
Person of the Year is the person who most changes the world, good or bad. Not the person who does the most good deeds or makes the world a better place. If Time had been giving the award out while P.T. Barnum was alive, I'm sure he would've been a strong annual contender.
And all those dumb f***s still continue to use that crap site which is just designed to carve up all your personal information and sell it to the highest bidder.

That's actually a really good argument for him getting Person of the Year. Previously, marketers had to surreptitiously get your personal info under the guise of needing it for some other legitimate purpose. To buy a product, they needed your name and address to verify your credit card. To register a product, they needed your phone number to contact you in case of a recall. With Facebook, Zuckerberg has taken it one step further and created a site where people willingly and freely give marketers that info.

RE: Scum of the year
By ipay on 12/15/2010 6:39:44 PM , Rating: 2
Person of the Year is the person who most changes the world, good or bad. Not the person who does the most good deeds or makes the world a better place.
Following your resoning, it's about time for Bin Laden to get this award.

RE: Scum of the year
By dqniel on 12/16/2010 11:35:33 AM , Rating: 2
He already has been considered for it. Thanks for proving this guy's point. You realize that HITLER has been person of the year, right?

It blows my mind that everybody is criticizing Time's choice on the basis that they dislike Mark. It's not the "Best Person of the Year" award. It's just who has been behind the most change, the focus of the biggest scandal, the biggest catalyst for something, etc.

I think it was a good choice.

"The Tea Party"
By The Raven on 12/15/2010 11:41:27 AM , Rating: 2
Zuckerberg was chosen amongst four other runners-up, including The Tea Party, which is a political movement that began in the United States in 2009 to sponsor nationally and locally-coordinated protests against the government

There is no "The Tea Party". There are tea parties and tea partiers. There is "The Tea Party Express" and "Tea Party Patriots" for example, but caps shouldn't be used unless you are speaking specifically about one of the tea partying groups that have formed as a result of the growth of the general movement.
Check out this snapshot that Juan Williams had a while back. It gives you an idea of how the groups might differ in structure and beliefs. Some are strictly about irresponsibility of the gov't. While others also rope abortion and other social issues into their platforms.

But from what I have seen they are all for less irresponsibility of the gov't. Just like the event that they take their name from. The original tea partiers wanted representation if they were going to be taxed. They were pissed at the gov't's treatment of the colonists. Same applies today. Tea partiers don't want to be taxed so that their neighbor can add on another room to their house. They want to be taxed so that basic services are provided to their fellow citizens (e.g. roads, police force, etc.)

Santelli caught the sentiment in this now famous clip.
He said he would have a Chicago tea party and not "Form the Chicago Tea Party".

I think that the media and DC insiders can't hear the word "party" and think anything other than "political party."

The Boston Tea Party was not a political party and neither are the parties that are held around the country. Some are sponsored by political parties, but if they are influenced by a political party (I'm looking at you GOP), that is up to the citizen attending to reject them if they feel they should.

It is sad that these good people have their parties hijacked by the GOP (and attacked by the Left as a result) and the media. They aren't anti-gov't. They may be anti-bigger gov't. They are anti-iresponsible gov't. That is like saying that you are anti-American because you said something critical about the President.

These are people trying to coming together on one thing they agree on. Stupid gov't is stupid gov't. It doesn't matter who is in office, and we need to do something to fix it (not tear it down completely). These parties open the door to an option other than your traditional Rs or Ds. But not in the form of a political party.

I'm just posting this because I find it frustrating as a libertarian and tea partier who thinks both the Dems and Reps are nuts to see a movement that is in step with my beliefs getting labeled as a cheap political pawn in the game that is going on in DC. On the other hand, we did get runner up!! ;-)

But it looks like Time did a pretty good job of detailing the specifics of the movement. I kinda liked this part because it shows that we partiers are not sheep who will just latch on to whatever teat swings our way.
And keep this in mind: Tea Party energy was a key ingredient in the Republican landslide of 2010 — but that doesn't mean the GOP establishment is rooting for the movement's continued success. Folks waving flags marked "Don't tread on me" tend not to be team players. Tea Party–backed candidates knocked off veteran Republicans in primaries in every part of the country, from Alaska to Florida, Delaware to Nevada. This purge mentality left the GOP with some pretty kooky candidates in high-profile races and probably cost conservatives an even broader victory.

To clarify a little, I am not a team player with those who have caused me to use the words "don't tread on me". I don't compromise with what is wrong. I get along great with those at home, work and in my local community as a volunteer.

P.S. Everyone keeps telling me that I am fighting against things that would/do benefit me. I don't care. Stealing would benefit me, but I don't do it. Not everyone is as selfish as you might think.

RE: "The Tea Party"
By Anoxanmore on 12/15/2010 1:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
Flordia would like to have a word with you concernging the Tea Party.


RE: "The Tea Party"
By The Raven on 12/17/2010 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
The name of that organization is "Florida Tea Party" from what I gather. But I am referring to the movement that is a bunch of loosly related individuals scattered all over the country, which looks like the Florida Tea Party aligns themselves with.

This has been another round of Germany or Florida! ;-)

Poll Results
By MGSsancho on 12/15/2010 4:57:48 PM , Rating: 4
1 Julian Assange 92 382024
2 Recep Tayyip Erdogan 80 233639
3 Lady Gaga 70 146378
4 Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert 81 78145
5 Glenn Beck 28 91746
6 Barack Obama 58 27478
7 Steve Jobs 61 24810
8 The Chilean Miners 47 29124
9 The Unemployed American 66 19605
10 Mark Zuckerberg 52 18353

Guy transfers power from corporations to individuals and their tossed in jail (top two), transfer power from individuals to corporations they get rich and awards (I can easily prove three.) I will do my best to remove my opinions here as this is not a political site and I will only state glaring observations.

meaningful connections
By Drag0nFire on 12/15/2010 11:38:47 AM , Rating: 2
Although facebook may change the number of acquaintances an individual can make, it is important to distinguish between true friendship and "facebook friends". Put another way, connections between individuals can vary in strength, and it is only the strongest of these connections that actually influence the way you live your life.

Facebook (and other social media) hasn't been shown to alter the number of meaningful connections, and thus I don't believe it represents a truly fundamental change.

For more on this topic, I highly recommend "Connections" by Nicholas Christakis. Really a fabulous academic work written for a lay audience on the nature of interpersonal connections and the influence they can have.

Should've Gone To...
By DougF on 12/15/2010 4:08:32 PM , Rating: 2
Elon Musk, for his work with privatizing spaceflight.

By Murloc on 12/15/2010 4:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
he didn't change the structure of society or anything.
He did something that reached almost everyone, yes, but didn't revolution anything.
I don't know who else could be elected though....

not really a good thing
By hans007 on 12/15/2010 4:44:16 PM , Rating: 2
this isn't exactly a good sign.

i think the time person of the year curse tends to mean a bad thing.

i remember a few years ago the time person of the year was "you" and we've all been in a horrible recession.

a few years ago it was ben bernanke money printer extraordinare. and i know hitler and stalin were persons of the year.

george w. bush was person of the year TWICE.

Why this ugly picture again?
By Phoque on 12/16/2010 5:22:25 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't you have picked a better one?




Oh well...

Time Magazine got it all wrong.
By SpaceJumper on 12/17/2010 9:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
Assange should be the 'Person of the Year 2010'. He exposes the axis of evil, so we can see the truth.

ASSANGE should be MotY
By seraphim1982 on 12/17/2010 11:12:18 AM , Rating: 2
My thoughts, align with most of the posts I read.
Facebook, has been around for years and moreover it wasn't the first social networking site. AsianAve, CommunityConnect, MySpace, Friendster... shall I go on? including the multiple accusation he stole the idea, and that he sells information/data to third parties...

The Social Network was movie to cater to the mainstream, solidify his claim to coming up with the idea and make himself look good.

IMO, they gave Zuckerberg the man of the year... to strip Assange of that honour, who was the clear leader in the all the online polls. If they gave Assange the MotY they would have to write an article semi-unbiased article that may rally the people in them in way gov's don't want them to be. I am sure government people have a hand in this...
It seems around the world governments are going out of their way to blacklist, discredit, dishonour Assange...

By ie5x on 12/20/2010 1:19:35 AM , Rating: 2
It still doesn't stop me from wanting to slap his face...

Facebook: Just the topic du jour
By Trisagion on 12/15/2010 11:35:11 AM , Rating: 1
Looking into the crystal ball...

TIME Designates Mark Zuckerberg 'Most Forgotten Person of the Year 2015'


Seriously. A guy who looks like he isn't old enough to have pubes.

Deja vu
By YashBudini on 12/15/2010 1:08:43 PM , Rating: 1
Didn't I see that picture on a milk carton?

I have no problem with this.
By Homerboy on 12/15/10, Rating: -1
RE: I have no problem with this.
By XZerg on 12/15/2010 12:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't an award for doing something great but rather Person of the Year and given the amount of news this guy has made, he does deserve it. Who else beside Obama (given his title) has made so much noise among people?

RE: I have no problem with this.
By DigitalFreak on 12/15/2010 12:44:16 PM , Rating: 3
Julian Assange?

RE: I have no problem with this.
By XZerg on 12/15/2010 1:14:53 PM , Rating: 1
He just made big splash in the last month or two whereas Mark was in the news almost every month of the year... Heck there was even a movie to the boot.

RE: I have no problem with this.
By Solandri on 12/15/2010 2:21:35 PM , Rating: 4
Long-term, I think Bradley Manning is really going to turn out to be the real "winner". The info he leaked is going to have serious repercussions for U.S. international relations for years if not decades.

RE: I have no problem with this.
By Solandri on 12/15/2010 1:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's important to remember that Time's Person of the Year award goes to the person who made the biggest impact on the past year's events. Not the person who did the most good, or had the most positive influence. Just the person who most changed the world. Past "winners" have included Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin (twice!).

I'm not really sure he's deserving because as others have pointed out, while Facebook has changed how a lot of people interact with each other, for the most part it's unimportant interaction. Stuff that changes the options you have for how you do things, but not stuff that changes your life. In the same category as the accomplishments of movie stars, directors, sports heroes, etc. In that respect, I think Wikileaks (not Assange, he's just a figurehead) or someone tied with the EU bailout of Greece would've been a better choice.

RE: I have no problem with this.
By omnicronx on 12/15/2010 3:15:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think its important to remember that Facebook already had a userbase of over 100 million last year (I'm pretty sure it was close to 300 millino at that point).. I don't see how anyone could make the case that he had the biggest impact on THIS years events, unless you include the release of a Hollywood movie which he had no part in..

RE: I have no problem with this.
By Aloonatic on 12/16/2010 3:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
Tony Hayward?

(I'm sorry) :o)

RE: I have no problem with this.
By ie5x on 12/20/2010 1:29:30 AM , Rating: 2
And why wouldn't the Chile Miners count? I guess they deserve one POY each for the next 33 years. They made the whole world proud along with their country by showing us the core values of humanity like courage and perseverance. Couldn't find one single trait I'd admire in this tool.

By ShaolinSoccer on 12/15/2010 2:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Time just wants to sell magazines...

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