FB's Zuckerberg named Time 'Person of Year'

09:04, December 16, 2010      

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Mark Zuckerberg, 26, is named Time Magazine's 2010 person of the year in Time's printed edition to be issued on Monday, December 27. [Photo: tom.com]

Time Magazine has named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its 2010 person of the year.

The second-youngest person to ever receive the title, 26-year-old Zuckerberg's social networking service is "creating a new system for information exchange" and "transforming the way we live our lives every day," according to the magazine.

This year's runners-up were the trapped Chilean miners, Julian Assange of Wikileaks and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, NPR reported.

Every year, the magazine selects the person who has the single most influence on the year's events, positive or negative.

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was 2009's person of the year, and in 2008 it was U.S. President Barack Obama. Past winners have included controversial figures such as George Bush, Bono, Hitler and Ayatollah Khomeini, according to the BBC.

Source: cri.cn/ agencies
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