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The Connector: How Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg rewired our world and changed the way we live: A short biography of TIME's 2010 Person of the Year [Kindle Edition]

Lev Grossman , TIME managing editor Richard Stengel
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We have entered the Facebook age, and he is the man who brought us here. For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them, for creating a new system of exchanging information, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year. Amazon Kindle brings you an extended version of the cover profile by TIME senior writer Lev Grossman, with an introduction by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel. Read how the Person of the Year has changed how we live our lives in ways that are innovative and even optimistic.

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  • File Size: 214 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: TIME (December 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4LGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much new content from the magazine article January 4, 2011
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I was impressed by the magazine article, and so was hoping to get more content from this version. It adds little to what is freely available on I fully support magazines using inexpensive e-books for longer version of content, but I was hoping for more extensive additions. I think you can read the article in the magazine or online for free and you're not missing much.

The article itself is interesting and well-written, but the additional cost for the Kindle version is not worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Look at the Meteoric Rise of Facebook December 27, 2010
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If you are reading this, chances are you have a Facebook account. In fact, probably most of your friends and relatives are also on Facebook, and you find yourself communicating with them more via this social network than all other communications channels combined. With almost 600 million users Facebook has become the de facto way of getting online, and its meteoric rise closely mimics the rise of the Internet in the 1990s, and it is predicted that by 2012 every other internet user will have a Facebook account. With all these mind-blowing facts in mind, it is little surprise that Time magazine has chosen Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook, as the 2010 person of the year. At 26, Zuckerberg is the second youngest person to win this award, the position that he shares with Queen Elizabeth II, and second only to Charles Lindbergh who was only 25 when he won this recognition. This short book is an expanded version of the Time magazine article that describes Zuckerberg and what he has accomplished with Facebook thus far.

Zuckerberg's story sounds so like it has been sawn together out of several other high-tech miraculous startup stories that it's sometimes hard to believe that it is not fiction: a gifted Harvard undergraduate starts an extremely popular tech company in his dorm room, drops out of college, moves to Silicon Valley where he is quickly courted by several venture capital firms, becomes insanely rich in a few short years, but still lives the Spartan and low-key lifestyle that he has always lived. Yes, it all sounds way too contrived, but it's all true. Part of the aim of this short book is to dispel the image of Zuckerberg as a cold, nerdy geek with no social or interpersonal skills.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story of a remarkable young man. December 18, 2010
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To put it in perspective from my point of view, I have golf balls older than Mark Zuckerberg. In just seven years, Zuckerberg has created a social network that, as pointed out in the book, if it were a country, Facebook would be the third largest country in the world. This from a 19-year-old kid who started a Web service in his dorm room. A Web service that now has over 550 million members and adds 700,000 members EVERY DAY.

What started out as a lark has transformed the world not to mention making Zuckerberg a billionaire. Facebook "makes possible social connections that never could have happened before, annihilating the time and distance that once separated people." All made possible by a teenager in his dorm room. He is the last generation that will remember life before the Internet. Think about that for a minute.

When he was just 12, Mark created a network at home called ZuckNet. If only we knew what would happen just seven years later.

Truly an amazing story of an amazing young man who simply changed the world. Five stars all the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zuckerburg biography February 3, 2012
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after seeing the movie "social network" I was interested in reading the available info on amazon. the book followed the movie reasonably well. Now we are to have a IPO. If it goes anything like amazon or google I am in.
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