If you were anywhere near Twitter this morning it was pretty hard to miss the news: As Facebook approaches 600 million users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been chosen as TIME Magazine’s “2010 Person of the Year.” Zuckerberg, who beat out People’s Choice Award winner Julian Assange for the honor, sat down with TIME managing editor Rick Stengel to talk about how Facebook shaped the world in 2010. We’ve embedded video of their interview above.
Among the topics of discussion were the changing definition of friendship, privacy, the future of news, WikiLeaks (“At a higher level some of the themes may be connected”) as well as Zuckerberg’s recent decision to donate most of his wealth to charity.
Zuckerberg, who is impressively the second youngest person next to Charles Lindberg to receive the TIME honor, joins industry leaders Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos in making the list.
Mark Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, which he started in his college dorm room in 2004 with roomates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Zuckerberg is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of Facebook’s service and development of its core technology and infrastructure. Mark studied computer science at Harvard University before moving the company to Palo Alto, California. Earlier in life, Zuckerberg developed a music recommendation system called...