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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 live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year

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From Chile's 33 miracle miners to the man behind the world's social network, we bring you the most compelling people of 2010

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Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are changing how we interact — and what we know about each other

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