Atypical Facebook users react to founder as Time’s Person of the Year

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010. From business to family, Facebook touches millions of people’s lives in millions of different ways.

“Facebook me” has become a common phrase all over the world. Time’s Person of the year has created a social media site that’s gone from dorm rooms to most living rooms.

“It’s gone past that, and that was my hesitation at the beginning: it’s just for kids,” said Suzanne Nystrom.

The 63-year-old has been on Facebook for 10 months. She joined the site so she could stay in touch with loved ones. She especially enjoys seeing the pictures of her son Drew, who’s in Afghanistan, and her three grandchildren, who live in Georgia and Charlotte.

“I get to see them every day if I want to versus once every four to five months,” she said.

Besides using Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends it’s also being used for business.

“I use this in every part of my life,” said Susan Johnson of Sakisaki Marketing. “In business in particular a couple years ago we would have to push it with people and say, ‘Listen: this is coming. This is a trend.’ Now it is part of every conversation that I have with my clients and my potential clients, and I find that fascinating.”

Johnson say’s the social media site helps her by allowing her to see what people are saying about a client or product. Marketing firms can even inform and entice users to the clients as well.

So for both these ladies, who were not the typical Facebook user five years ago, the question remains: does Zuckerberg deserve the title of Time’s Person of the Year?

“It’s amazing that a 20-something can be Person of the Year, but I can see where he probably should be recognized with that title,” Nystrom said. “He has changed the way people think and communicate.”

Said Johnson, “He changed the world. One out of 12 people have a Facebook account. How can you say that he hasn’t? He made the world smaller.”

Besides making the world smaller, users say Zuckerburg has changed the way they live there lives. Grandma Nystrom is on the site several times a day.

“I never thought I would say this, but I do love Facebook,” Nystrom said.

Both, Nystrom and Johnson said they are eager to see what Facebook will become over the years. They think Zuckerberg may have some more unique ideas in his head which will keep the social networking site in the limelight for years to come.

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