As the weekly magazine says
No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square in a town barely on a map, he would spark protests that would bring down dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya and rattle regimes in Syria, Yemen and Bahrainadding that
Protests have now occurred in countries whose populations total at least 3 billion people, and the word protest has appeared in newspapers and online exponentially more this past year than at any other time in history.
Its runner up was Admiral William McRaven, who was commander of the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.
It is not the first time in recent history that the magazine has chosen a group.In 2006 itchose "You" as the Person of the Year to reflect the growing power of social media.