By Paul W. Fitzgerald
Time Magazine has named Mark Zuckerberg as the “Person of the Year” for 2010.
And he deserves the award for many reasons.
At only age 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh; he was 25 when he was named in 1927, Time announced today
Zuckerberg even scooped the Queen by two weeks when she received the award at age 26 back in 1952. Funny enough, the Queen has recently joined Zuckerberg’s social networking site. Sure, add her as a friend, send her a message and send along a friendly poke. Why not, I mean Facebook is the “in” thing now.
As the founder of Facebook – the world’s most popular social networking site – Zuckenberg is a self-made millionaire as well is a shining star in the world of philanthropy.
In early 2010 he stepped up to the plate and pledged $100-million over the next 60 months to help the Newark, NJ school system. According to the Associated Press, he’s in the company of “media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.”
We all should applaud philanthropists like Zuckerberg, who owns a quarter of Facebook shares. He is only helping others and most importantly knows the value of education. I am sure as he grows and earns more, that he will continue to give back in many ways to society.
His creation has changed the world as we know it. Facebook is now used by over 500 million people. Its members continue to climb.
“I’m trying to make the world a more open place,” Zuckerberg says in the “bio” line of his own Facebook page.
Zuckerberg drummed up the idea Facebook from his Harvard dorm room. The site is worth billions. If there is anyone who had a right to avoid doing homework, it’s this man.
His creation is even the subject of a recent film, “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher.
The film has been named as the best of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. The Associated Press has reported that the film “on Tuesday received six Golden Globe nominations, including best picture, drama, going up against its chief rival, the British monarchy tale ‘The King’s Speech,’ which led with seven nominations.”
Other previous winners of the “Person of the Year” have included Bono, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and Amazon.com CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.
I applaud Zuckerberg’s work and contributions to society. He is a leader who will go down in history. Stay tuned, 2011 will be an even bigger year for him.
Paul W. Fitzgerald is an international journalist. His work appears in a large number of newspapers and magazines around the world. Notable publications that have published his work include The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s Magazine, The New Canadian, CNN-I Report, and EQ. He is also the President and CEO of Salt & Pepper Media Inc, a global public relations/mass media firm. He is also the Editor of Thursday Night Magazine . He resides in Toronto, ON.