Thursday, December 30, 2010

Zuckerberg is TIME's Person of the Year 2010

For a while I thought it was going to be Assange, but as it turns out, TIME has chosen Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, creator and CEO of Facebook as their Person of the Year 2010.

This should not come as a surprise because social networking was really the biggest thing in 2010. As TIME has appropriately described it, Facebook now connects 550 million, or about 1/12th of the world's population. If it were a country, TIME noted, Facebook would be the third biggest, after China and India.

As to the Internet, there is now some discussion on where technology is heading. Is it going the Facebook way, or the Google way, or both? Will both continue to grow in the near future? Hard to say at this time.

How much does he earn? Remember that in 2008 Zuckerberg landed at no. 321 in Forbes 400, a list of the richest people in America with a personal wealth of $1.5 billion, and thus became the youngest person ever included in Forbes 400.

By 2009, Zuckerberg was reported to be worth $3 billion. This year 2010, Forbes estimates his net worth at $6.9 billion, making him the 35th riches in America, even ahead of Steve Jobs of Apple and Eric Schmidt of Google.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Top 10 Social Media Blogs in 2010

To get a feel of what blogging has been in 2010, we are monitoring what people are listing as their top 10 blogs in 2010. For starters, the Social Media Examiner lists the following as the top 10 social media blogs in 2010:
  • Chris Brogan: The Elvis of social media and the king of common sense, Chris Brogan is in a league of his own.
  • Social Media Explorer: Social media all-star Jason Falls provides a fresh and interesting take on all things social media.
  • Mashable: The world’s source for social media news, Mashable is the place to go for breaking stories.
  • Convince & Convert: Jay Baer provides rich content for businesses seeking to embrace social media.
  • Altitude: Amber Naslund offers a breath of fresh air with smart, inspiring and personal social media insight.
  • CopyBlogger: The king of engaging content, Brian Clark and his team help businesses persuade in a 2.0 world.
  • Brand Builder: For businesses looking to dive deep into social media discussion, check out Olivier Blanchard’s rich insights.
  • Diva Marketing: Toby Bloomberg’s blog provides a wide array of social media advice.
  • Kikolani: Looking for great “getting started” social media guidance? Then frequent this blog.
  • Future Buzz: A nice mix of stories and reviews makes Adam Singer’s site one that should be on your radar.
  • Isn't social media the big thing in 2010? I would not be surprised if many of these blogs will also end up among the top earning blogs of the year.