Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Person of the Year

zuckerbergNow this would make for an epic status update.

Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old CEO and founder and Facebook, is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010, a prestigous title awarded to those who – for better or for worse – influence the events of that year.

“This year they passed 500 million users. The scale of Facebook is something that is transforming our lives. One in 10 people on the planet, and it’s excluded in China where one in five people on the planet live,” Time editor Richard Stengel said. “It’s not just a new technology. It’s social engineering. It’s changing the way we relate to each other. I actually think it’s affecting human nature in a way that we have never even seen before.” 

Mark is the youngest winner in more than 80 years – only Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, is younger. He won in 1927. The title is an honour, but does cary controversy; for example, Adolf Hitler was Person of the Year in 1938.

WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange and the Chilean miners were secondary choices.