By M. Alexander
Time recently voted Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, its 2010 “Person of the Year“. Facebook now has 500 million users across the world, over half of Americans have a Facebook account and 70 percent of users live outside of the country.
Anytime a noun becomes a verb, it is probably important. A few years back, Google became a verb; Facebook has now entered our vocabulary in the same fashion. If someone takes a picture of me, I might say “Are you going to ‘Facebook’ that?” If a friend says something clever, chances are it will become a status update. If I meet a good looking girl, I might add her on Facebook instead of asking for her number.
Facebook now dominates my communication. I can talk to people I haven’t seen in years, check out pictures of people who have gotten ugly, see which people are creepy based upon their comments under a friend’s pictures. Mark Zuckerberg changed the way I communicate and he has changed the way 500 million other people communicate. Has he won a Nobel Peace Prize? No. Did he cure a disease? No. Did he help end a destructive war? No. But he has changed the world in his own way. Is he possibly the most important person of the year? Yes, I can buy into that. Way to go computer nerd! You made it!
- Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Hacked (devicemag.com)