So what if Zuckerberg stole the idea from the Winklevoss twins? (Frankly, if you were born with the name Winklevoss you almost certainly had it coming.) Or that keeps trying to convince the world that we're all better off if Facebook butters our personal information all over the WebberNets?
Of course, if I'm bitter, think about Julian Assange. He won the Time reader's POTY poll by a landslide: 382,000 votes, or 364,000 more than Zuckerberg got. He's sitting in a British lockup while at least 20 sovereign nations would like to see his head on a pike. He's thrown a spanner into world diplomatic operations that will probably never be extracted -- all because he failed to update his relationship status from "It's complicated" to "Bent on screwing the U.S. State Department." But heck, it's Time's POTY and the magazine can do what it feels like.
Then there's Anonymous, the amorphous righter of wrongs and DDoSser of corporate networks, and his enabling cousins at 4chan. It's probably a fair bet they're the ones who put Assange over the top in Time's poll, like they did with founder and spiritual leader Christopher "moot" Poole last year. Don't they deserve some consideration too?
Maybe Zuckerberg deserved it, though I'm not fully convinced that Facebook has changed our lives forever or necessarily for the better. I'm also still a little miffed that my name didn't come up at all, even as an honorable mention. Heck, I'd settle for Miss Congeniality.
Maybe next year.
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This article, "Geek of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringeley's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.