He may disagree with his characterization in “The Social Network,” but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have been done some good by screen scribe Aaron Sorkin’s and director David Fincher’s depiction of him in their overachieving film, as it turns out. The 26-year-old Web entrepreneur made another auspicious appearance in an older form of social media with this week’s announcement that he is Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2010. —KA
The Associated Press via Google News:
On Wednesday, his public ascent was solidified by Time magazine, which named him its “Person of the Year.” He’s the youngest choice for the honor since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
In a posting — where else? — on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said being named Time’s “Person of the Year” was “a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”
It caps a remarkable year for Zuckerberg and Facebook, which has more than 500 million users worldwide and market valuations that go into double-digit billions. In countless redesigns and new features, Facebook has been pushing toward becoming not just a social media hangout, but also the underlying, connecting fabric of the Internet.
Time, which many expected to choose the news-making WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for “Person of the Year,” cited Zuckerberg “for changing how we all live our lives.”