2010 Person of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg

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

Runner-Up: The Tea Party (Person of the Year / The Short List)

The grass-roots uprising that restored the GOP was fueled by anger at the ruling Democrats. But it won't be easy to hold together

Runner-Up: Julian Assange (Person of the Year / The Short List)

Whistle-blower or spy? His belief in the virtues of radical transparency has turned the diplomatic world upside down

Runner-Up: Hamid Karzai (Person of the Year / The Short List)

In 2010 the feckless Afghan President came to symbolize a growing frustration with the long war in his country

Runner-Up: The Chilean Miners (Person of the Year / The Short List)

Trapped 2,300 ft. below the earth's surface for almost three months, these 33 men defied the odds and inspired the world

Fond Farewells (Person of the Year)

Remembering those who left us in 2010: Bill Clinton on Robert Byrd, Warren Beatty on Arthur Penn, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on John Wooden


Postcard from Bangkok

Shot partly in secret, French director Luc Besson's new film follows Aung San Suu Kyi's fight for freedom. Behind the scenes of a tribute to Burma's democracy icon