Face(book) of the year

To some he's a genius; to others a malevolent sucker-up of private data. Some see his creation as a magnificent addition to the internet, others as fundamentally undermining the internet's core principles. Whatever you think of him, he's certainly the youngest billionaire in history, and one of the only 26-year-olds to have a Hollywood movie made after him (at least, if you don't count rock stars).

And now Mark Zuckerberg has another controversial record to his name: he's the second-youngest person to be named Time magazine's Person Of The Year.

Time says he earned the accolade 'For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives.' In fairness, Time isn't necessarily saying Zuckerberg is a hero on a par with previous POTYs such as Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and, er, us. The position goes to the biggest world-changers without regard to whether the changes are a good or a bad thing; A couple of years ago it was bonkers dictator Vladimir Putin, and in 1938 another upstanding democrat called Adolf Hitler. Mark Zuckerberg isn't as important as either of those; but given the amount of our information he has access to, he could probably do more damage than either if he, you know, turned evil.

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