26-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time's "Person of the Year" for 2010:
"In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India. It started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. We are now running our social lives through a for-profit network that, on paper at least, has made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over."
Zuckerberg beat out Julian Assange, the Tea Party, Hamid Karzai, and the Chilean Miners for the honor.