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Zuckerberg named Times Person of the Year

by Jorge Hernandez on December 16, 2010

In a move that some perceived as a snub to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Time Magazine named Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year, making him the second-youngest person ever to earn the honor. The 26-year-old social networking mogul announced the news on his Facebook page early Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Earlier this year, Facebook eclipsed the 500 million user mark and has become firmly established as an integral part of how people stay connected. According to the magazine, it was this wide-ranging influence that enabled Zuckerberg to beat out the stiff competition.

Time added that he had made substantial contributions to schools in New Jersey and also pointed out that the film based of the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, was one of the biggest hits of the year.

"Being named as Time Person of the Year is 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," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.

Still, the announcement angered some individuals who felt that there were other, more deserving candidates. The leading vote-getter on Time's website was Julian Assange, who rose to prominance in recent weeks after disclosing embarrassing government secrets. Also ahead of Zuckerberg on the poll were the Chilean miners, Lady Gaga and the Tea Party movement.

Zuckerberg is the second youngest to be named Person of the Year, behind only the 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh, who was the first person to receive the honor. Other past winners include Barack Obama, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Bush and, surprisingly, Adolf Hitler.

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