A job well done, TIME

"Great recognition of those who answered the call to fight death. Ebola fighters are @TIME’s Person of the Year," tweets Shreeya Sinha with the New York Times, and she wasn't the only one pleased with this year's choice (which deserved every one of its 35,000+ shares). "Solid choice this year," concludes Rui Kaneya at the Columbia Journalism Review. "As they should be," comes the nod from Michael Adams at the Indianapolis Star. "Often disagree. But this year, really well deserved," decides Mark Knoller with CBS News.

Also, it didn't seem to bother anyone too much that it was a collective group named, rather than an individual. "Not exactly a 'person,' but better than T Swift," Business Insider's Pamela Engel acknowledges. TIME's Radhika Jones admits, "It's rare that a #TIMEPOY cover shows an unfamiliar face. This year is special."

The runner-up was also a collective group: the Ferguson protestors (3,160 shares). "Their refusal to let a life be forgotten turned a local shooting into a national movement," TIME explains.

As for the third-place finalist, it was Vladimir Putin (2,630 shares). "Always a bridesmaid never a bride," quips Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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