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This morning, TIME magazine announced their choice for Person of the Year: Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. I am one amongst more than 500 million users worldwide that have used the power of online social networking to not only connect with others but to use this technology as a tool for research and teaching and learning. I am just beginning to see its potential.
On a personal level, I have been able to connect with old friends using Facebook; reaching out using the now quaint technology email never seemed to work. I invite you to share your stories of how Facebook has enabled you to connect or reconnect with friends and family, or how you have used it in your research and teaching. Do you think it is a passing fad or is it here to stay?
This young entrepreneur has already shown a flair for philanthropy with his $100 million donation announced in September to the Newark school system and an announcement that he has agreed to join The Giving Pledge which currently 16 other billionaires have joined. The Giving Pledge states:
“The Giving Pledge is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in America to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death. ”
We need these gifted philanthropists now more than ever!
A carefully considered nominee for TIME‘s Person of the Year was WikiLeaks founder and owner Julian Assange – a choice of which I strongly disagree. What do you think?