It's mostly about timing. Apple is a story for the decades. Facebook is a story for this year.
In Time's online poll, Wikileaks' Julian Assange was the people's choice -- and would have been ours as well. Steve Jobs was No. 7. Mark Zuckerberg was No. 10.
For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them (something that has never been done before); for creating a new system of exchanging information that has become both indispensable and sometimes a little scary; and finally, for changing how we all live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.
Anybody who follows Apple (AAPL) can imagine a similar paragraph being written about Steve Jobs, an individual who has shaped our world as much as -- if not more than -- Mark Zuckerberg, and who has a business model that actually works.
So what does Zuckerberg have that Jobs doesn't? Let us count the differences:
Hint: It's not because he hasn't done enough to deserve it
Google's Marissa Mayer thinks Steve Jobs should be Time's Person of the Year (see here). So, apparently, do the nearly 11,000 readers who, as of Monday morning, had voted for Apple's (AAPL) CEO on Time's website.
But readers don't choose the winner. If they did, Recep Tayyip Erdogan would be this year's POY, and I can pretty much guarantee that's not MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2010 6:34 AM ET
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