Time Magazine announced,
For connecting more than half a 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, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year.
Six months ago, Zuckerberg melted at D8, the technology conference for CEOs of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Now Time has given him an honor, but really it is the sign of our times.
Facebook has in fact created a nation. 500 million strong. It is the new Microsoft. Recently, it received a US$50 billion dollar valuation at SecondMarket.
At the heart of the company, really isn’t an innovation, not in the classic sense of inventing something new. What Facebook has done is to put the classic tools and wove it into a different iteration. It created a gated village, a walled garden on the Internet. And is this walled garden eventually a danger? The father of the world wide web seem to think so.
Philosophical questions aside, Mr. Zuckerberg has certainly earned this distinction. But what world are we eventually creating here?
This post republished from Cocoy Chronicles.
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