Mark Zuckerberg is :: Person of the Year 2010!

Well now this is pretty cool. Mark Zuckerberg has just been named Time’s Person of the Year for 2010. Not too bad for a 26-year-old T-shirt-wearing dude with an aversion to authority. Plus, he managed to wedge out Wikileaks’s Julian Assange (couldn’t really use him with that whole rape controversy, could they?) and the Chilean miners.

Time say he has pretty much created his own empire, and that he is at the centre of the great transitions we are facing in society today. Great timing, considering that Facebook is super close to the 600 million user mark, making it the “connective tissue for a tenth of the planet”. Almost a billion bits of content are loaded up onto Facebook daily.

Says Richard Stengel:

“For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year.”

Check it out here.

Also, have a look at this pretty cool mock-up showing the interconnectivity of Facebook’s relationships, put together by Facebook intern Paul Butler. There aren’t even any continents drawn in. This just shows Facebook users. Pretty cool, huh?