TIME magazine chose 26-year old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as its Person of the Year for 2010. Since 1920, TIME has chosen a person, or a group of people, who have changed the world for the better, or sometimes for worse.
Mark Zuckerberg won the award because he has created a new style of communication and a new way of exchanging information. In 2010 a film called “ The Social Network “ portrayed Zuckerberg’s life at Harvard and what happened later on. After winning the prize, Zuckerberg stated that he is happy that Facebook has succeeded in being something that millions want to use and that obviously it wouldn't be possible without the Internet.
Everything began in February 2004, when Zuckerberg was still a student at Harvard. There he started an online platform that connected college students. Then the site expanded to other universities. The next step was to allow all high school students to join Facebook. Finally, Facebook opened up to anyone over the age of 13. This enabled other types of social connections. Moms' groups, activist groups, political groups, marketing groups and fan groups were able to join together on Facebook.
By 2006, 13 million people used the social network; today Facebook is used by 1.06 billion people around the word. Although 51% of all Americans have a Facebook account, three out of four users come from outside the US. Since 2004 Mark Zuckerberg has earned about 15 billion dollars, making him the youngest billionaire and one of the richest people in the United State.
According to Zuckerberg, Facebook gives people the feeling of not being alone, of having friends, even if you haven’t met them in person. People want to find others who have the same interests and hobbies. Apart from chatting with others, there are many different things you can do on Facebook. Millions of people share their holiday photos. You can play games, browse the fan pages of your favourite celebrities or even go shopping with your Facebook account. A tracking tool even tells your friends your exact location .
Facebook’s headquarters are in the middle of Silicon Valley, in Palo Alto, California . However there are offices in many other cities in the U.S.A and International offices in Dublin; Hamburg; London; Madrid; Milan; Paris; Selangor; Stockholm; Sydney; Tokyo and Toronto. Over 2000 employees work for Facebook.
However, Zuckerberg also faces a lot of criticism. Not everyone thinks Facebook will change the way we live in a positive manner. Posting your private life on the Internet makes it accessible to everyone, but on the other hand, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.
Answer the following questions.
Circle the correct answer, YES or NO. (paragraph 1) (1+4points) People who are chosen "Person of the Year" are people who did positive things to the world. Yes/No
Copy the sentence / phrase that justifies your answer. ANSWER: ________________________________________
2. Complete the sentence below. (paragraph 2) (5points) Because Mark Zuckerberg invented a new way of communicating, Time Magazine _____________
What are the purposes for which people use Facebook. Name FOUR ways. (paragraph 5) (4points) a._______________________________________________________________________. b. _______________________________________________________________________. c. _______________________________________________________________________. d. _______________________________________________________________________.
Fill in the sentence with a word/ expression from paragraph 5. (4points)
John has already seen many celebrities _______________________. It's really exciting because usually, we only see them on T.V.
Circle the correct answer, YES or NO. (paragraph6) (1+4=5points) There are Facebook headquarters in many cities in America and the rest of the world . Yes/No Copy the sentence / phrase that justifies your answer.