TIME magazine has chosen Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the ‘Person of the Year’ for 2010. Zuckerberg is the youngest recipient of the award since Charles Lindbergh won it in 1927 and according to TIME, “Zuckerberg has managed to change the way we live our lives.”
Zuckerberg was only 19 years old when he created “Thefacebook.com” as a means for different colleges to be connected via social networks. It only had a few thousand members at the time, but today it has over five hundred million members – which means one in every twelve people on this planet has a Facebook account. To top it off, membership numbers are growing by 700,000 people a day.
Also in the running were Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the 33 trapped Chilean miners. The online poll at the TIME website favoured Assange to win the prestigious award, but the TIME editors decided on Zuckerberg after internal discussions.