Wednesday, December 15, 2010

At 26

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year. In their letter explaining "Why We Chose Him" TIME’s editor wrote the following: "At 26, Zuckerberg is a year older than our first Person of the Year, Charles Lindbergh — another young man who used technology to bridge continents. He is the same age as Queen Elizabeth when she was Person of the Year, for 1952. But unlike the Queen, he did not inherit an empire; he created one..." 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."

The kid is a genius. The popularity of Facebook is so wild that the only people without accounts are those who put conscious effort not to join the bandwagon; otherwise, it seems automatic to have one—grandfathers, mothers, students, babies, even pets have Facebook! All these users check at least once a day to get updates from their contacts all around the globe—latest events, most talked about videos, weddings, break-ups, anything and everything under the sun. There are also a lot of programs that make communication across borders easier like chat, messaging, groups, etc. It’s really amazing how all this was made possible by a 26 year old.

Last week, I turned 26. When I was much younger, I told myself I’d earn my first million by the time I hit quarter life crisis, but law school happened and here I am with barely enough money to get through the holidays. :p But 26 sounds promising and 2011 sounds like a good year. I may not be able to create a revolutionary technology, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

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Ma. Anna Katrina C. Eustaquio, Entry No. 5

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