Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time‘s Person of the Year. Zuckerberg in response changed his status message to: “Totes excited! Person of the Year ROX!!! Any1 got a god herb hookup?”

Mark Zuckerberg Is Times Person of the YearAccording to the mag :

“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.”

Ha. Elliot. If I were Mark Zuckerberg I would’ve changed my middle name to McDuck after my first billion.

At 26, Mark becomes the second youngest person to hold the title, behind that other overachiever, Charles Lindbergh who was named the first ever Man of the Year in 1927 at age 25. The runners-up  this year were The Tea Party (#2) (WTF?), WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (#3) President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai (#4) and the 33 Chilean miners (#5).

What do you think of Time‘s decision? Facebook certainly has changed the way we all communicate, for better and usually for worse. The world has become more of an open book because of Zuckerberg and his zeitgeist-shaping social network, which surpassed the 500 million user mark on July 21st this year and last month accounted for 1 out of 4 of American’s web page views.

Facebook is a monster. It has become a part of everyone’s life, so that grandmothers are now Facebooking their grandkids, leading to some very strange discussions over the holiday table. I’ve always been wary of the influence of social media websites, mostly because reading Brave New World and 1984 in high school made me wary of just about everything. What will be the Book’s impact on this younger generation of kids who are basically growing up online?

Only Time will tell. See what I did there?  And, hey, at least they didn’t pick those Tea Party dicks.