Zuck was TIME’s Person of the Year, Nick Thompson at the New Yorker (my former boss, when he was at Wired, and a guy who knows a few things about a few things) says, but he wasn’t the biggest tech story of 2010. Nick lists 10 big stories, and here’s his top 4:
1. WikiLeaks. Should anyone, ever, trust that something that they type will remain secret forever?
2. Stuxnet. Actual, genuine, sophisticated cyber warfare is finally here.
3. The iPad. It’s the New York Yankees of 2010. Hyped; endlessly talked about; really good; but ultimately not the biggest deal of the year. (That said, the New Yorker iPad app is awesome.)
4. The Resuscitation of Mark Zuckerberg. In the summer, he sweated in an infamous public appearance and seemed immature. Worse, he seemed headed for a smackdown when “The Social Network” came out. But adversity apparently made him grow up and, somehow, the film made people like him more. Meanwhile his company continues to colonize the Web.
I totally agree with this list, and love that it hits some of the stories that were not only big in 2010, but might be even bigger in the year(s) to come.