Zuckerberg is 'Person of the Year'
(Press Release) New York, December 15, 2010—In the most anticipated issue of the year, on sale Friday and available now on TIME.com, TIME names Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg the 2010 TIME Person of the Year. TIME's Person of the Year issue features the most comprehensive portrait of Zuckerberg to date, written by TIME's Lev Grossman with a series of exclusive interviews, photographs and video.
EDITOR RICK STENGEL ON TIME'S PERSON OF THE YEAR
"For connecting more than half-a-billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year."
Stengel adds, "The social-networking platform he invented is closing in on 600 million users. In a single day, about a billion new pieces of content are posted on Facebook. 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."
Read Stengel's essay here.
EXCLUSIVE: IN A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS, ZUCKERBERG TELLS TIME:
On the film The Social Network: "I found it funny what details they focused on getting right. I think I owned every single T-shirt that they had me wearing. But the biggest thing that thematically they missed is the concept that you would have to want to do something-date someone or get into some final club-in order to be motivated to do something like this. It just like completely misses the actual motivation for what we're doing, which is, we think it's an awesome thing to do."