Time’s POTY: Facebook founder?

posted at 8:48 am on December 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Speaking as a former winner of the Time Person of the Year, color me underwhelmed by their choice this year of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  How do the rest of you POTY winners feel about it?

Meet the second-youngest individual ever to be named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of the omnipresent social-networking site Facebook.

You may feel as though you already know the 26-year-old. If you regularly use a computer, you probably interact with Zuckerberg’s Facebook empire on at least some level.

And maybe you’ve seen the acclaimed movie “The Social Network,” which portrays Zuckerberg as socially stunted, calculating and arrogant.

But is there more to this story? Yes, TIME editors discovered — and that’s what prompted the magazine to choose the multibillionaire CEO for the Person of the Year distinction.

Is there more to this story?  Well … no.  Their in-depth profile of Zuckerberg shows that he has a “weird calm,” and their in-depth interviews with people who depend on Zuckerberg for a paycheck finds that they “really like him.”  What a shock!  Truly, this is the most potent force of the year.

Apparently, Time didn’t know that Facebook launched in February 2004, and had achieved the status of most trafficked social network by the end of 2008.  If the issue was impact, it seems as though Time is two years too late in awarding this.

Honestly, though, what other real and significant impact has Facebook had?  It has spawned a Hollywood movie, which is probably why Time bothered to notice it after more than six years.  It’s a popular meeting space, and it allows people to reconnect to old friends, as well as waste vast amounts of time with imaginary farms and wannabe virtual Mafia dons.   Facebook is mostly a time suck.  At least Twitter had an impact last year in the attempt by the Iranian people to rebel against the dictatorship in Tehran.

We deal in politics, and so it’s possible that our perspective on the most significant trend or person this year is somewhat skewed.  However, it seems pretty clear that while Facebook allowed a lot of people to play, the Tea Party dismantled Barack Obama’s agenda and took both political parties by surprise.  Even Julian Assange would have been a better choice; while his impact was certainly malicious, he changed the way the world does diplomacy, at least temporarily, and opened a new front in radical transparency.  I have nothing against Zuckerberg, but this is a silly, insubstantial choice.


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Just goes to show you how dumbed down TIME has become.

petefrt on December 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Great choice – most people then to think of politics for this award – but no one in the world has impacted as many live this year as Zuckerberg and Facebook – no one.

Those who don’t know or appreciate what FACEBOOK is, or means to the world, will not agree with this choice.

All in all – a good pick – his impact is off the charts.

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

More to the point, they already covered what he’s accomplished when they made “You” POTY a few years back.

Zuckerberg is a better choice than Assange, but only in that a firecracker going off 20 feet away from you is better than a punch in the face.

Red Cloud on December 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Twitter > Facebook

ninjapirate on December 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I’m sure whatever readers they have left agree with their choice. Dadgum, how lightweight can a magazine become?

kingsjester on December 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Really though, I don’t think this was a terrible choice… there have been much worse…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Person_of_the_Year

ninjapirate on December 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Just goes to show you how dumbed down TIME has become.

petefrt on December 15, 2010 at 8:52 AM

I don’t think it’s a question of being dumbed down, though Time surely is that. I think it’s that they need someone to put on their cover, but because they can’t put the real newsmakers of 2010 (Sarah Palin, the Tea Party) there, they have to go for someone with high name value, even if he didn’t make any real contributions to the world this year. I don’t think anyone is arguing against Facebook as a force that’s revolutionized the way we look at social networking, but the form simply didn’t advance in 2010 because of anything Zuckerberg directly did this year. That’s just a fact.

WesternActor on December 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Next year: Snooki.

Farmer_Joe on December 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

All in all – a good pick – his impact is off the charts.

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Please tell us, O God of Copy and Paste from the Headlines, what Zuckerberg did in 2010 that had a greater impact on the world than what anyone else did in 2010. You can spout generalities all you want, but they really don’t help your case.

WesternActor on December 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

the Tea Party dismantled Barack Obama’s agenda and took both political parties by surprise.

As I said above in the Headlines, choosing Newt Gingrich was no problem for them before, with a less impressive House change. Anybody who tunes in for the occasional laugh on MSNBC and sees “XXXXX XXXXX from TIME” knows that choosing the Tea Party was not going to happen.

Marcus on December 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

We deal in politics, and so it’s possible that our perspective on the most significant trend or person this year is somewhat skewed.

Ha! The irony! That is exactly why you/we are MOST equipped to judge the selection.
The Tea Party may, MAY have shifted the political landscape for decades…now why can’t time note that…hmmmmm…I wonder!
This dude…another in a long line of geeks done good…yawn…

winston on December 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

…as well as waste vast amounts of time with imaginary farms…

Oh yes, tell me about this and I will tell you about my wife who will be on the laptop at 2AM playing frigging Farmville with a bunch of other “friends” she has never met in her life and she is staying on and will not get off until she gets that blasted Christmas Tree and Santa’s Workshop for her farm, and hey, don’t forget all those gufts she has to give to these same “friends” she has never met in her life!

THAT is what Facebook is to me! A huge colossal epic waste of time the size of Godzilla!!!!!

And for this, Time makes this pimply-faced little schmuck Zuckerberg their Person Of the Year?

Another reason why Time is only good for lining the bottom of a birdcage these days!

pilamaye on December 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Screw Thumper’s mom … I HATE Facebook! “So and So is going to the store. So and So is looking for a red poker chip” WHO GIVES A RAT’S AZZ?

YouTube is far superior to that myfacespacebooktwitter bullshiite!

Tony737 on December 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Dadgum, how lightweight can a magazine become?

kingsjester on December 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

I was waiting to get my car fixed and they had Time, Newsweek, and People. People had more substance and pages than the other two.

Blake on December 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

BTW, remember what they did to Newt? The camera was less than an inch from his face and he was unshaven with bloodshot eyes and had a weird green glow to his skin. Best they didn’t choose the Tea Party lest they most “calorically challenged” woman in the Tea Party hat have been pictured.

Marcus on December 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Time Person of the Year has become like the Oscars and the Golden Globes: It’s not what you’ve done the past year, it’s what publicity you’ve generated in the past week because the judges usually have a memory span shorter than the one in Memento.

apostic on December 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

The Zuckerberg pick proves you don’t have to do something good to receive the POTY “honor”. What a huge waste of time. Ev and Biz at Twitter would have been a better choice for ’10, but the Tea Party clearly had the biggest and most positive impact.

TedInATL on December 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Facebook–where stalkers go mainstream. Impact!

james23 on December 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I agree that it should have been the Tea Party, but not surprised in the least with their choice.

crazy_legs on December 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Dipping down deep into the barrel aren’t they?.

hawkman on December 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

1) Never used facebook. Even with family requests.
2) Haven’t watched a Hollywood movie in years. Might break the streak with this year’s Narnia movie though.

Really though, I don’t think this was a terrible choice… there have been much worse…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Person_of_the_Year

ninjapirate on December 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

I actually don’t have a problem with Hitler or Khomeini being PotY, as if you are going to be an actual news organization and want to rate who had the most influence on the news that year, then they did. It’s not a goodness scale, simply an impact scale. Which is why the current PotY is a joke. and the 1945 PotY should have been the US military.

rbj on December 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Should have been Assange.

Tom_Shipley on December 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Ed? Where’s the “like” button? /

Fallon on December 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Spot on apostic

cmsinaz on December 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I’d bet that a lot of people who actually use Facebook wouldn’t even recognize Zuch’s name, or could pick his face out of a lineup.

TC@LeatherPenguin on December 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

If the creation of Facebook had predated MySpace and Friendster, and if it had either been invented this year or achieved massive growth this year, then maybe, just maybe, Zuckerberg could be considered for PotY.

Still, I’m just happy it wasn’t Assange.

ynot4tony2 on December 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Is it totally nuts to conflates Facebooks popularity with loss of productivity in the economy? Clearly there are other, larger factors but, as Ed notes, it’s a huge time suck for many who might otherwise be doing something productive.

TedInATL on December 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

My guess is the final Wikileaks dump that produced information that embarrassed the Obama Administration, as opposed to the earlier leaks that dealt with actions during the Bush Administration, probably was the deciding factor that pushed the editors of Time not to pick Julian Assange as Person of the Year.

Embarrassing the wrong people in Washington moved Assange into the same category as Osama bin Laden in 2001 — too far beyond the pale among Time’s peer group (at least in the immediate months after 9/11) to consider giving the award to. It will be interesting to see if Time now gets hit with a denial of service attack, the way MasterCard, Visa and Sarah Palin were by Assange’s petulant hacker-backers in the wake of his arrest.

jon1979 on December 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

OT – But, via Facebook, Jim Treacher’s Busted Up Knee (it has its own page) is out of another surgery and is doing well.

Fallon on December 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Yawn.

JammieWearingFool on December 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

We deal in politics,(and an occasional passion for a certain sports team), and so it’s possible that our perspective on the most significant trend or person this year is somewhat skewed.

FIFY

Rovin on December 15, 2010 at 9:16 AM

but this is a silly, insubstantial choice.

Much like Time Magazine itself.

Nethicus on December 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Hmmmm…Time does stand still

Bevan on December 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Time Magazine’s POTY will never come close to the old Life Magazine’s The Year in Pictures.

This year would have made a great edition for Life but then again they probably would have found the lone person at a Tea Party rally with a nazi sign and put them on the cover.

sherry on December 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

WesternActor on December 15, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I fully appreciate your apprehension.

Facebook has changed the way 3b people talk to each other each and every day – several times a day. In 6 months it will be 4b people.

Facebook has changed the way the greatest software companies in the world think of, and design business software.

Facebook has driven the sales of smartphones, PDA’s, iPad’s, and all the associated software, network hardware, and everything else that supports and compliments it.

FACEBOOK is a revolution in interpersonal communications.

Facebook will chance the way we watch TV, Films, – the way we work – the way we receive all the information we gather on a daily basis.

One last thing – Facebook itself may not be the ultimate vehicle – but it has shown everyone how to design for the future.

Incredible.

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Facebook is revolutionary. Like it or not.

blatantblue on December 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

And it did all of that last year. In fact, Facebook was the most used social network worldwide by January 2009. There was more than 100 million users by early-to-mid 2008. There were more users than American citizens by the end of 2009.

Person of the Year isn’t supposed to be who continued operating an item that was mainstream and huge years ago. It’s supposed to be the person who, “has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

That’s not Mark Zuckerberg.

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Facebook is revolutionary. Like it or not.

blatantblue on December 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

What does it offer that “MySpace” did not? In other countries many “Orkut” and I’d bet the majority here have never heard of it. Seems to me it’s just another “Facebook”, too.

Marcus on December 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

the Tea Party dismantled Barack Obama’s agenda and took both political parties by surprise.

TIME passes on the most influential change in American history to pat another capitalist billionaire on the back? I’m shocked! But, for TIME to recognize the Tea Party in such high esteem would be sacrileges to their pathetic liberal agenda/propaganda. Personally, I think Nancy Pelosi should be TIME’s person of the year under their parameters. While Facebook’s Zuckerberg made billions, Pelosi managed to outspend the prodigy by two to one.

Rovin on December 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Person of the year is the quiet, unknown fella from the next block, who puts on his cami’s and goes to the desert without renting out a billboard about it.

Limerick on December 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

THAT is valid point – one I will think about – very valid.

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Facebook has changed the way 3b people talk to each other each and every day – several times a day. In 6 months it will be 4b people.

Facebook says it has 500 million active users — half of which log on daily.

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Get back to me when Facebook becomes what AOL is today.

apostic on December 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

That was all supposed to be one comment. Not sure how I screwed it up and made it two. I shall sulk away in shame now.

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Shame? More like here is a beer. Good folks is good folks even if you bitch slapped the hell outta us occasionally.

And THAT is enuf kissing for one day.

Limerick on December 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

What does it offer that “MySpace” did not?

User friendliness. Better organization.

It’s a better, more streamlined, more usable platform entirely.

Good Lt on December 15, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Facebook says it has 500 million active users — half of which log on daily.

amerpundit on December 15, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I am referencing all the people who interact with Facebook through all the external portals – links to websites (millions), the ability to give “Thumbs Up” articles, etc. 75% of all interaction with Facebook is through non-members – and through people who never enter Facebook itself.

Make sense?

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. And thanks to platforms like Facebook, it is easier to share such thoughts more than ever. That said, I agree with Ed in that this designation is two years too late for it to be really meaningful.

An aside: Time ceased being relevant to me years ago. While it is nice to know what they are up to from time to time, at day’s end, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Web sites like Hot Air and Ace of Spades are more to my liking.

itzWicks on December 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM

In terms of a person who changed the world, I think it’s a good choice. I’m able to keep in touch with far flung friends and family and I’ve gotten back in touch with old school friends I haven’t seen in 20 years.

TexasAg03 on December 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM

When I want to connect with someone, I just use a pay phone or send a telegram.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM

You can tell how quickly the gulf rebounded from the spill since there has not even been a whiff of suggestions like Adm. Thad Allen or “top-kill” or Tony Heyward. At the time it was happening, who would have thought that the spill would be a non-story by Christmas-time?

TheLoyalOpponent on December 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM

That tells us Time is so much out of step with real world. And usually late to catch the bus.

antisocial on December 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Kenite central…

True_King on December 15, 2010 at 9:50 AM

There are more people NOT on Facebook than on it.

tsj017 on December 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

When I want to connect with someone, I just use a pay phone or send a telegram.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 15, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Oh really !!!

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 9:51 AM

What does it offer that “MySpace” did not?

.

Sarah Palin?
.

RWG (g,d,rlh :-)

RWG on December 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM

jake-the-goose,

Facebook has driven the sales of smartphones, PDA’s, iPad’s, and all the associated software, network hardware, and everything else that supports and compliments it.

So basically Facebook is just another distribution channel for stupid vanity gadgets that most people don’t need and many of them can no longer afford.

Color me unimpressed.

Mike Honcho on December 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM

TIME has how proven itself irrelevant.

sadatoni on December 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Next thing you know, Obama will win the Nobel Prize…..

oh wait….

search4truth on December 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Person of the year is the quiet, unknown fella from the next block, who puts on his cami’s and goes to the desert without renting out a billboard about it. – Limey

Belive it or not, they did have the American Soldier as the POTY a few years ago.

Tony737 on December 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM

So basically Facebook is just another distribution channel for stupid vanity gadgets that most people don’t need and many of them can no longer afford.

Wow. Sounds a lot like the liberals in DC deciding how much money you need. How the hell do you know what I do or don’t need, Mike?

gaius on December 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

While I’m unimpressed with the choice here, its obvious Facebook has become a permanent force in American politics as Sarah Palin and several others have clearly demonstrated. To suggest otherwise means you’re simply uninformed.

gaius on December 15, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Did Time say their reason for choosing him is that this guy is the one who established the platform from which Sarah Palin has nearly single handedly steered the political discourse the past couple of years?

I think the choice is a little lame, but it could have been a lot worse.

pannw on December 15, 2010 at 10:20 AM

gaius on December 15, 2010 at 10:16 AM

+1

jake-the-goose on December 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I hate and despise Bejewled Blitz.

ProudPalinFan on December 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

As much as I hate to say it…Sarah Palin should have been the top pick.

JetBoy on December 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Ed

You need to re-link the onion video about Time: Grownups Edition.

TexasDan on December 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Time’s 2011 Person of the Year, Mr. Johannes Gutenberg!

rogerb on December 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Even though Time’s POTY was traditionally not a recognition of good, but a recognition of impact on the world, they have already invalidated their own criteria long ago by eliminating all evil people, and all evil forces, who, by definition, tend to have the most impact. Certainly no one impacted the world more in 2001 and beyond, than bin laden, with his attacks, yet TIME ignored him because that choice would have been too politically incorrect. So that leaves them to chose from a small pool of innocuous bit players who won’t offend anybody.

keep the change on December 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Marcus on December 15, 2010 at 9:31 AM

TechCrunch had its annual world map of social networks: Facebook now almost rules the entire world, except for home networks in Russia, China, Brazil (Orkut) and Japan. It’s quite amazing how it’s become so established. And it wasn’t guaranteed because myspace, friendster were first, but myspace was seedy and friendster lost momentum.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

In really important news, congrats to the latest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who will be inducted in early 2011.

Dr. John
Darlene Love
Tom Waits
Neil Diamond
Alice Cooper Band
Leon Russell

Once again, Bon Jovi was snubbed, as were all of the hip-hop nominees.

Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Can’t wait till Courtney Love gets inducted!

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Once again, Bon Jovi was snubbed, as were all of the hip-hop nominees.

Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Hip hop is rock and roll?

angryed on December 15, 2010 at 11:09 AM

People of the year in terms of real impact for 2010:

Palin
about 50 others
Facebook Guy

angryed on December 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

gaius,

Wow. Sounds a lot like the liberals in DC deciding how much money you need. How the hell do you know what I do or don’t need, Mike?

Guy, I don’t care what you do or don’t need.

As a rule these devices are stupid vanity gadgets and the most of people get them not because of their utility but for personal gratification. You’re not seriously going to argue that all the 99ers, college students, and teenagers with these devices actually “need” them are you? You’re not going to argue that many of these people wouldn’t be better served by going with a Trac phone or some other reasonably priced alternative?

Facebook offering yet another distribution channel for techno fetishists like jake-the-goose and yourself to get the latest app is neither new nor innovative nor likely to change the world.

Have a nice day.

Mike Honcho on December 15, 2010 at 11:11 AM

That photo is super creepy.

Missy on December 15, 2010 at 11:18 AM

People of the year in terms of real impact for 2010:

Palin
about 50 others
Facebook Guy

angryed on December 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Well, to be fair, Palin’s impact was assisted in part by Facebook.

Then again Facebook assisted with Obama’s election, too.

Missy on December 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Once again, Bon Jovi was snubbed, as were all of the hip-hop nominees.
Del Dolemonte on December 15, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Jon Bon Jovi is now a member of Obama’s advisory board. I lid you not.

Tony737 on December 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM

That is one freaky-deaky looking person.

Looks like an Alien life form.

portlandon on December 15, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Facebook?

Did the myspace guy get it 2 years ago? I forgot.

Next year, the founder of Zynga should get it.

Kind of weird, really. It would be like giving the paintbrush man of the year award around 1511.

Maybe the creator of the paintbrush….

reaganaut on December 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Somebody at Time needs to be defriended for this.

Christien on December 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Facebook?

What a wonderful idea.

How many criminals and such have confessed their crimes on Facebook and then wondered out loud how they could have ever been caught?

How many engagements have been scuttled because of things written or found on Facebook have shown one or both intended partners to be a lot less than they presented themselves IRL?

OK…so much for the good parts of Facebook…

How many people have had their privacy invaded, identities stolen and had all sorts of problems because they didn’t know they were posting to the world all manner of personal information?

Or had ex’s decide the facebook would be wonderful place to post all sorts of trash about them?

How many predators and pedophiles have been members of this network for years knowing full well that parents all over the place think it is sooo cute that Jimmy and Ashley have more Facebook friends than any other kids in their class or neighborhood?

How many couples are in the midst of divorce because Facebook made it so much more easy to arrange assignations and trysts online and IRL?

How many millions of hours of productivity have been lost because so many just can’t get off Facebook and actually do something with their lives?

Facebook founder named Time’s Person of the Year?

Might as well give him the Nobel Peace Prize while we are at it…since that one has so much meaning these days, as well.

coldwarrior on December 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Do they still print Time Magazine?

Do people still buy Time Magazine?

If so, how many pages comprise the magazine?

Five (5)?

Who makes this stuff up, the stuff in which weirdos who don’t deserve it make “Person of the Year?”

Glenn Beck had more influence in the USA than Facebook’s founder. So, also, did Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party persons, as a group.

Who is YOUR person of the year?

William2006 on December 15, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Facebook?

What is face book? (Grin)

William2006 on December 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I thought they were going to choose Julian Assange.

/Good thing I’m not a betting man.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 15, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I find it hard to take you seriously when you have a facebook share button at the top of your post, and a whole widget on the right devoted to your page on his site.

Facebook fundamentally changed the internet, and that’s a big deal.

triple on December 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The Tea Party uprising should have been chosen. But Time magazine is brain dead and soon will be replaced by the Internet. How many pages are in the magazine per week these days? Probably half the amount of pages they had five years ago ……………. they’ve gone green.

SC.Charlie on December 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Glenn Beck had more influence in the USA than Facebook’s founder. So, also, did Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party persons, as a group.

And how did Sarah Palin make a lot of news this year?

Through her facebook page.

/facepalm

triple on December 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM

As a rule these devices are stupid vanity gadgets and the most of people get them not because of their utility but for personal gratification.

Says you. Just like Schumer says as a rule anyone making $1 mil won’t spend it on anyone else or create any jobs with it.

Rationalize it any way you like, but its still just your misguided opinion.

gaius on December 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I liked when they made the cover a mirror and said the POTY was you.

Dumbest dumbarses on the face of the planet.

John the Libertarian on December 15, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Can’t stand that guy, didn’t like him before the movie, liked him less after.

Tim Burton on December 15, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Facebook has changed the way the greatest software companies in the world think of, and design business software.

O RLY ??? well I been in the sw business for 25 years, and not much has changed. I still have average people writing crappy code on crappy systems. The amount of busy paperwork (CMMI) has risen 1000% however. It must be better software, the completed checklists say so.

I am more interested in this new radical software development process, than in FB itself.

orbitalair on December 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Just so many logical roadblocks when it comes to ed’s reasoning..

Apparently, Time didn’t know that Facebook launched in February 2004, and had achieved the status of most trafficked social network by the end of 2008. If the issue was impact, it seems as though Time is two years too late in awarding this.

Back in 06, the cover was a mirror and it was supposed to be “you”. But in the sense that it was really awarded to web 2.0, this sort of ajax-based internet community that popped up around that time, facebook included.

It was the first link in his post, it’d be nice if he actually read it.

And we didn’t just watch, we also worked. Like crazy. We made Facebook profiles and Second Life avatars and reviewed books at Amazon and recorded podcasts. We blogged about our candidates losing and wrote songs about getting dumped. We camcordered bombing runs and built open-source software.

triple on December 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

The cover photo looks like a mug shot.

American Elephant on December 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

See they would have given him the award in 2008 when it would have made more sense (and yet still not enough) except they were busy that year falling all over each other about the person they eventually named.

“Who?”, you ask? Why, who else? Barack Obama of course! They had no choice but to vote for him because…well because Hope! And also change! And have you seen him smile? He’s SO dreamy~

Sqrl on December 15, 2010 at 1:30 PM

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