Facebook's Zuckerberg beats Apple's Steve Jobs as Time Person of the Year

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Time magazine this week unveiled its annual "Person of the Year," with the distinction being granted to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Apple's Steve Jobs came up short, but was named one of the magazine's "People Who Mattered."



"With each passing year Steve Jobs and his sleek Apple products not only succeed in impressing the techiest of tech addicts, they also manage to create a whole new batch of gadget enthusiasts," the magazine's profile of Apple's chief executive reads.



"And 2010 proved to be no different, with the release of the latest, smallest Macbook Air, renowned for its ultrathin, portable design and, of course, the release of the iPad, the 9.7" touch-screen tablet device that caused media folk and techies alike to rejoice and believe that it would revolutionize the online publishing industry."



The profile noted that in 2010, Apple's market cap passed Microsoft, making the Mac maker the largest technology company in the world. It also highlighted the success of App Store software like "Angry Birds," and Jobs' relationship with Pixar, which this year found great box office success with "Toy Story 3."



The profile also noted some of the "lows" experienced in 2010 by Jobs, including the iPhone 4 antenna controversy, and the fact that the iPhone remains exclusive to AT&T. It also noted the iPhone 4 prototype scandal, in which Gizmodo purchased a pre-release handset that was lost in a bar by an Apple engineer.



Jobs' appearance on the "People Who Mattered" list puts him among a range of people, including entertainer Conan O'Brien, football player Michael Vick, the cast of "Jersey Shore," and President Barack Obama. The short list of runners up was the Tea Party, Hamid Karzai, Julian Assange, and the Chilean miners.



Zuckerberg took the title of "Person of the Year," with Time crediting him for "connecting more than a half billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives."







Earlier this year, Jobs invited Zuckerberg to his house for dinner to talk about Ping, Apple's social music discovery service. Facebook and Apple were involved in a spat when Ping launched, because Jobs said Facebook demanded "onerous terms" to connect the two services.



Jobs was named a finalist for the magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2009, when he made the cut of the final seven. He ended up losing to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake.
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  • Reply 1 of 81
    I wanted Assange to win



    ~Callum
  • Reply 2 of 81
    Ummm, wow that is a horrible cover photo...
  • Reply 3 of 81
    Ugh...
  • Reply 4 of 81
    So a guy who stumbled into the creation of a social networking site beat out one of the most successful executives in the world? \



    Doesn't say much for Time Magazine does it?
  • Reply 5 of 81
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    Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post


    Ummm, wow that is a horrible cover photo...



    They should have just used a head-shot of Eisenberg.
  • Reply 6 of 81
    rtm135rtm135 Posts: 310member
    More like DotY



    (Douche of the Year)
  • Reply 7 of 81
    Something to throw darts at.
  • Reply 8 of 81
    I think Steve has selected Time POY before. In any case, I have a feeling Time is going to a "Decade" issue and I am sure Steve will be on it.
  • Reply 9 of 81
    Meh...
  • Reply 10 of 81
    daveswdavesw Posts: 406member
    Steve Jobs is CEO of the Universe.
  • Reply 11 of 81
    bagmanbagman Posts: 349member
    Looks like he took a pic of the android version of himself. I would be insulted with the resulting picture, if I was Mark. (he's a patient of mine, and looks much better than the Time photo, by the way).
  • Reply 12 of 81
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,460member
    Congratulations to Zucks for scamming Time, too!
  • Reply 13 of 81
    realisticrealistic Posts: 1,139member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bagman View Post


    Looks like he took a pic of the android version of himself. I would be insulted with the resulting picture, if I was Mark. (he's a patient of mine, and looks much better than the Time photo, by the way).



    how could he not?
  • Reply 14 of 81
    cimcim Posts: 197member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post


    Ummm, wow that is a horrible cover photo...



    Photoshop fail.
  • Reply 15 of 81
    Assange will be Person of the Year next year after we watch the power elite have their masks removed and we find out exactly how corrupt the banking/political/military elite are.
  • Reply 16 of 81
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    If there was a Magazines who Mattered list, Time would not have been on it for 20 years now. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
  • Reply 17 of 81
    djsherlydjsherly Posts: 1,017member
    I don't particularly agree with the award, but I find it bizarre that of the 9 paragraphs of this 'report', only two have Zuckerberg as the primary subject. Embarrassing, really.
  • Reply 18 of 81
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by davesw View Post


    Steve Jobs is CEO of the Universe.



    Just the solar system. So far.
  • Reply 19 of 81
    Zucks show is about nothing, made with nothing, that charges nothing, makes nothing (tangible). makes nothing (monetarily.) At least Seinfeld made oodles of REAL money. Facebook can't show a profit on anything other than their own self-valuation made by it's own investors.



    Last I checked Steve Jobs in short order made one of the most valuable companies on earth.
  • Reply 20 of 81
    I could care less about either of them. Who reads this rag anyway?
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