Time Magazine’s Candidates for 2013′s Person of the Year, Ranked By PeekScore

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.

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In 1927, Time Magazine selected transatlantic aviator Charles Lindbergh as their first ever “Man of the Year” (a distinction later, and appropriately, renamed “Person of the Year”). Since then they have annually selected a person -– or sometimes an object, concept, or group of people -– that they believe “for better or for worse” has had the greatest impact on that year’s events. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Adolph Hitler, from Mark Zuckerberg to Pope John Paul II to the “The Middle Americans,” their selections have run the gamut from the clearly deserved to the esoteric, and have frequently been the stuff of controversy. With yet another year upon this planet coming to a close, and another “Person of the Year” issue inevitably upon us, it seemed a good idea to put Time’s short-list of this year’s “hopefuls” (which you can see here) to our PeekScore test.

(Note: On December 6, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won the online readers poll, and Time will announce their official selection on December 11.)

As should go without saying, this list is not a measurement of the likelihood of any one of these people being selected by Time’s editorial staff, nor is it an assessment of the greatness of these men and women, nor even a gauge of their fame and/or infamy in the world at large. This is a look at the degrees to which each of these individuals is present, prominent, influential, and in some cases active here in cyberspace. It is, if you will, a look at their digital footprints; a concept you will find explained in the disclaimer that opens this entry.

Remember to click the items on the list below to visit the PeekYou profiles of these men and women, and explore their digital footprints.

Rank Picture Name Bio Current PeekScore
1

Miley Cyrus Pop singer 10.00 / 10.00
2

Angelina Jolie Actress 10.00 / 10.00
3

Barack Obama President of the United States 10.00 / 10.00
4

LeBron James Professional Basketball Player 9.91 / 10.00
5

Edward Snowden Former CIA Employee 9.58 / 10.00
6

Vladimir Putin President of Russia 9.53/ 10.00
7

Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany 9.48 / 10.00
8

Narendra Modi Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat 9.43 / 10.00
9

Bashar Assad President of Syria 9.26 / 10.00
10

Pope Francis Leader of the Catholic Church 9.08 / 10.00
11

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Prime Minister of Turkey 9.06 / 10.00
12

Jimmy Fallon Host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 8.98 / 10.00
13

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel 8.87 / 10.00
14

John Boehner Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 8.61 / 10.00
15

Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey 8.37 / 10.00
16

Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund 8.37 / 10.00
17

Ted Cruz U.S. Senator from Texas 8.36 / 10.00
18

David Ortiz DH for Boston Red Sox 8.33 / 10.00
19

Shinzō Abe Prime Minister of Japan 8.30 / 10.00
20

Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo! 8.29 / 10.00
21

Larry Page CEO of Google 8.26 / 10.00
22

Dick Costolo CEO of Twitter 8.20 / 10.00
23

Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook 8.20 / 10.00
24

Alice Munro Nobel Prize winning author 8.20 / 10.00
25

Jamie Dimon CEO of JPMorgan Chase 8.16 / 10.00
26

Hassan Rouhani President of Iran 8.16 / 10.00
27

Rand Paul U.S. Senator from Kentucky 8.15 / 10.00
28

Kathleen Sebelius U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services 8.09 / 10.00
29

Dzokhar Tsarnaev Alleged Boston Marathon bomber 8.09 / 10.00
30

Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon 8.08 / 10.00
31

Elon Musk CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors 8.06 / 10.00
32

Wendy Davis Texas State Senator 8.05 / 10.00
33

Malala Yousafzai Teenaged, Pakistani anti-Taliban activist and blogger 8.03 / 10.00
34

Vince Gilligan Creator of Breaking Bad 8.00 / 10.00
35

Diana Nyad Author, journalist, and long-distance swimmer 8.00 / 10.00
36

Janet Yellen Vice Chairperson of the Federal Reserve Bank 7.81 / 10.00
37

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces 7.54 / 10.00
38

Charles Koch CEO of Koch Industries 7.50 / 10.00
39

Reed Hastings CEO of Netflix 7.38 / 10.00
40

Edith Windsor DOMA plaintiff and marriage equality hero 7.16 / 10.00
41

Xi Jinping Leader of the Communist Party of China 7.13 / 10.00

The PeekScores of Time Magazine’s (Living) Persons of the Year

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.

Pope Francis

ADDENDUM 12/11/13: This morning, Time Magazine announced that Pope Francis is their Person of the Year for 2013. We’ve revised the below list to include his holiness.

In 1927, Time Magazine selected transatlantic aviator Charles Lindbergh as their first ever “Man of the Year” (a distinction later made less blatantly politically wrong and renamed “Person of the Year”). Since then they have annually selected a person — and sometimes an object, concept, or group of people — that they believe “for better or for worse” has had the greatest impact on that year’s events. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to Adolph Hitler, from Mark Zuckerberg to Pope John Paul II to the “The Middle Americans,” their selections have run the gamut from the clearly deserved to the esoteric, and have frequently been the stuff of controversy. With yet another year upon this planet coming to a close, and another “Person if the Year” issue inevitably upon us at month’s end, it seemed timely (no pun) to do a PeekScore list of this nature.

The ten names below are the ten still living recipients of this sometimes dubious honor who have — at this moment in time — made the most profound impacts in cyberspace. We’ve measured them on our PeekScore scale, not to assess their values as humans, nor even their respective degrees of global fame in the grandest senses, but to gauge their digital footprints.

Rank Picture Name Year(s) PeekScore
1

Barack Obama 2008 & 2012 10.00 / 10.00
2

George W. Bush 2000 & 2004 10.00 / 10.00
3

Mark Zuckerberg 2010 10.00 / 10.00
4

Vladimir Putin 2007 9.53 / 10.00
5

Bill Clinton 1992 & 1998 9.52 / 10.00
6

Pope Francis 2013 9.08 / 10.00
7

Ben Bernanke 2009 9.07 / 10.00
8

Rudolph Giuliani 2001 8.85 / 10.00
9

Jeffery Bezos 1999 8.08 / 10.00
10

David Ho 1996 7.36 / 10.00
11

Andrew Grove 1997 7.22 / 10.00

The Living U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents, Ranked By Online Influence

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of how to increase your own score can be found by clicking through here.

Hall of Presidents

Below are the ten men currently walking the Earth who can say “hey, to heck with you, I was and/or am the President and/or the Vice President of these here United States… What have you done? That’s right, NOTHING! NOW GET OUT OF HERE!” Per usual, we’re not sizing up their successes and/or failures as commanders or executives, we’re simply using our PeekScore scale to report on how impactful, present, and influential they each are in the digital sphere.

It will shock no one that our current president tops our list, and it should shock few that his predecessor is essentially tied with him for the top spot. The greatest upset, one might contend, comes in the form of the 45th Vice President beating the 39th President, but as surprises go this one is rather slight. Perhaps, instead, the big story is that this time around, unlike in their 1992 face-off, Bush the Elder beat a certain former Arkansas governor. We’ll let you decide.

Rank Picture Name Served PeekScore
1

Barack Obama President: 2009 – Present 10.00 / 10.00
2

George W. Bush President: 2001 – 2009 10.00 / 10.00
3

George H.W. Bush Vice President: 1981 – 1989 / President: 1989 – 1993 9.98 / 10.00
4

Bill Clinton President: 1993 – 2001 9.52 / 10.00
5

Al Gore Vice President: 1993 – 2001 9.25 / 10.00
6

Jimmy Carter President: 1977 – 1981 8.92 / 10.00
7

Dick Cheney Vice President: 2001 – 2009 8.67 / 10.00
8

Joe Biden Vice President: 2009 – Present 8.31 / 10.00
9

Dan Quayle Vice President: 1989 – 1993 8.18 / 10.00
10

Walter Mondale Vice President: 1977 – 1981 8.04 / 10.00

Which of 2012′s Biggest Headline Grabbers has made the Greatest Impact in Cyberspace?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.

As it winds down, and we find ourselves nearly ready to ring it out, we can’t help but opine that 2012 – here in PeekYou‘s homeland of the United States, on the greater world stage, and in cyberspace alike – has not been a boring nor an unmemorable year to date. What we’ve done with this PeekScore list here is take some of the very biggest names from the news this year and see how they measure up here on the web, digital footprint-wise (you can find the “digital footprint” concept outlined in brief above, or more in depth by clicking through here).

What were some of your favorite stories from this year? Any 2012 luminaries we overlooked? Let us know in the comments.

Rank Picture Name Served PeekScore
1

Barack Obama Newly re-elected President of the United States 10.00 / 10.00
2

Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State 10.00 / 10.00
3

Mitt Romney 2012 GOP candidate for president 10.00 / 10.00
4

Lance Armstrong Possibly disgraced, cancer surviving bicyclist 9.65 / 10.00
5

Paul Ryan 2012 GOP candidate for vice president 9.55 / 10.00
6

Jay-Z Mega-successful rapper and entrepreneur 9.38 / 10.00
7

Bashar al-Assad President of Syria 9.32 / 10.00
8

James Holmes Alleged gunman in the “Dark Knight” shootings 9.22 / 10.00
9

Chris Christie New Jersey governor who made headlines for his open praise of the president, on the eve of election day, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy 9.21 / 10.00
10

Michael Phelps Olympic swimmer, and as of 2012 the most decorated Olympian of all time 9.16 / 10.00
11

Joss Whedon Director and writer of 2012′s biggest film, The Avengers 9.10 / 10.00
12

Adele Her album, 21, while released at the start of 2011 has been 2012′s biggest album to date 9.05 / 10.00
13

Felix Baumgartner Set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres, breaking the speed of sound while doing so, on October 14, 2012 8.97 / 10.00
14

David Petraeus Retired Army general, and former director of the C.I.A. 8.95 / 10.00
15

Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel 8.87 / 10.00
16

Michael Bloomberg New York City mayor, made headlines this year for his junk food bans, and also for his outspokenness in the wake of Hurricane Sandy 8.85 / 10.00
17

John Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 8.77 / 10.00
18

Kim Jong Un Supreme Leader of North Korea 8.71 / 10.00
19

Tim Cook CEO of Apple, Inc. 8.68 / 10.00
20

Scott Walker Sitting governor of Wisconsin whose current term was put to a recall election in June 8.61 / 10.00
21

Psy Korean rapper responsible for “Gangnam Style,” the most viewed YouTube video of all time 8.61 / 10.00
22

Todd Akin Missouri congressman who gained mostly negative attention for comments made during his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat 8.20 / 10.00
23

Mohamed Morsy President of Egypt 8.14 / 10.00
24

Sandra Fluke Women’s rights activist 8.13 / 10.00
25

Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo! 8.11 / 10.00
26

Malala Yousafzai 15 year old Pakistani anti-Taliban activist and blogger, shot by the Taliban in October 8.03 / 10.00
27

Gabby Douglas Olympic gold medalist, and the first African-American in Olympic history to become the individual all-around gymnastics champion 8.02 / 10.00
28

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Director of Innocence of Muslims, the YouTube video accused of prompting demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa 7.98 / 10.00
29

Xi Jinping Leader of the Communist Party of China 7.83 / 10.00
30

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (of Pussy Riot) Russian political activist, and member of punk rock collective Pussy Riot 7.81 / 10.00

Which 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Have the Largest Digital Footprints?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

Although the 2012 presidential election is nearly 18 months away, Republican candidates – possible, presumed, and announced alike – have already begun to emerge as the stage is being set for the first primaries early next year. This entry is the start of what will be a new regular feature here on PeekYou, where we will rank the GOP candidates according to their PeekScores. As candidates drop in and out of the race, we believe it will be enlightening to observe who among them is the most well adapted to, and involved in, the online sphere. There’s little question that the internet will play a huge part in this upcoming election, so we believe it will be tremendously useful to see who’s using it best to their advantage. Observing how certain candidates’ online presences increase as their campaigns evolve and the field grows more competitive, and conversely how others may decrease their digital footprints as their campaigns begin to wane, will give readers a unique perspective on the contemporary political landscape.

As is probably the case in most workplaces throughout the country, the political inclinations of the PeekYou staff run the gamut. These rankings are entirely objective and impartial.

Please check in regularly to see how the PeekScore race is shaping up. (Beneath the list, further commentary can be found.)

Rank Picture Name PeekScore
1

Donald Trump 10.00 / 10
2

Ron Paul 9.78 / 10
3

Newt Gingrich 9.78 / 10
4

Sarah Palin 9.35 / 10
5

Mitch Daniels 9.22/ 10
6



Mike Huckabee 9.04 / 10
7

Tim Pawlenty 9.03 / 10
8



Mitt Romney 8.88 / 10
9

Herman Cain 8.58 / 10
10

Michele Bachmann 8.32 / 10
11

Rick Perry 8.14 / 10
12

Rick Santorum 8.06 / 10
13



Lindsey Graham 8.05 / 10
14

Gary Johnson 8.02 / 10
15

Thad McCotter 8.00 / 10
16

Buddy Roemer 7.02 / 10
17



Fred Karger 6.68 / 10

AND NOW, A LENGTHY DISCLAIMER OF DUBIOUS VERACITY AND NECESSITY, FROM THE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PEEKSCORE BLOG (who, it must be noted, are not synonymous with PeekYou, per se, but more sort of merely tolerated by them) :

It is often said that you should never discuss religion, politics, or sex when in mixed or polite company, as doing so is a surefire recipe for conflict. What we’ve done today, as you can see, is bravely toss whatever caution or restraint we ever possessed straight to the wind, wriggling on our bellies into the thorny thicket of difficult discourse; getting our knees all bloodied, and the underside of our fingernails caked in the filth of the unkempt garden path of ill-advised blog topics. These horrendous metaphors are being employed simply to convey our awareness of the risks we’re courting in our tireless pursuit of keeping vital and timely the only thing we were put on this planet to do; take lists of people grouped together, according to one common trait or association or another (some seemingly arbitrary, some more logical, but all groups of “peers” in some sense), and sequence them – from greatest to least great – according to the size of their “online footprint” as quantified, from 1 to 10, in the form of what we like to call their PeekScores.


We surely don’t hope for conflict nor do we ever seek it out, as we’re a humble company and blog and will never trade in cheap sensationalism for its own sake. It is our m.o. not to divide, but to always be celebrating and embracing all of the Earth’s citizens as equals; be they a very possibly sour smelling plebeian, or a vaunted public figure perhaps emitting the aroma of lavender and cinnamon. We seek only to bring all of us naked apes together as one big, hairy, sweaty, blotchy ball of humanity. No matter how lowly one’s lot in life, and no matter how cockamamie one’s ridiculous beliefs, no one is anyone’s better in the eyes of PeekYou (you know, apart from the whole “ranking people according to PeekScore” thing, where such hippie-dippy rhetoric and relativism would kind of queer the central conceit; “everyone’s PeekScore is 10 in the Creator’s eyes,” is lovely, but renders the blog obsolete).

Do not mistake our dedication to creating a user experience here at PeekScore which will appeal to the broadest cross-section of users. When it is brought up in our weekly meeting that we should maybe do a potentially controversial PeekScore list – one which might cause even a single user to blanch or blush, or even to clear his or her throat or cock an eyebrow – we fire whoever made the suggestion, and return to leaving well enough alone; instead opting to do a rundown of the cast list of whatever crap sitcom Fox has premiering in the fall. We believe it wisest to let the difficult PeekScore lists be compiled by you readers, amongst yourselves, in the privacy of your own homes. Keep this in mind as you proceed. Our feelings on these matters are generally clear.



While I could see us maybe one day doing a list of ten global religious leaders, we really shouldn’t, as it’s obviously a dreadful idea. With this in mind, I can absolutely promise here and now that we’ll never do a list of the world’s Ten Best People at Sex. But, of the above-referenced and historically respected trio of taboos, there is one topic – let’s call it “the Stooge in the middle” – of which we simply can’t, nay shan’t, steer clear, and that’s the steaming pile of mess we call politics. It’s too important to ignore, and we’re far too important to ignore it.

As mentioned above, and as you may have already caught wind of yourselves, a year from this upcoming November the American president is up for re-election, and therefore his big, fancy, presidential seat could at that time go to an opponent. It’s assumed at this early date that his incumbentship will secure his party’s nomination handily. However, members of the opposing party (the Republicans, in case you’re not one for paying attention), drunk with visions of their own destinies to lead us, have begun to sniffle and flinch, toss some money around to see what’s what, and in some cases even out and out already announce their candidacies. Others, who’ve feigned humility or disinterest in attaining naked power when asked, are strongly suspected to be planning their desperate grasp for the reins when the time is right. Above, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of the more prominent names among the announced, exploring, presumed, or believed to be possible candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 (some of whom, by the time this list goes live, will have already withdrawn their candidacies). PeekYou will step-aside, no matter how worrisome or desirable the results, and let the PeekScores do at least some of the talking.



The PeekScore blog has no interest whatsoever in taking sides in the great Team Red vs. Team Blue culture war which has come to dominate political discourse in this country. While as individuals we may each have a point of view, or perhaps for some of us even an outright partisan allegiance, for the most part when it comes to the pop culture demagogue, simple-minded polemicist, opportunist shock jock, crazed blogger, and comedian led political dialogue in this land PeekYou calls home, we stay well the heck out of it.

Within the context of this blog, we extend this impartiality to all talk of policy and legislation. These things are what they are, they are divisive, and are not of much concern where digital footprints are concerned. This sentence here will be the first and only mention in this entry of the Tea Party, neoconservtatism, or any of modern conservatism’s assorted offshoots and strains. This feature is, and will continue to be over the next year or so, a look at where the most prominent of the Grand Ol’ Party’s current presidential hopefuls are in their engaging with the technological realities of modern politics, and pressing the flesh with the great unwashed in the wilds of cyberspace; kissing virtual babies, shaking @hands (or #hands), and familiarizing themselves with emoticons, strange acronyms, blogs, the cats both LOL and keyboard, and Annoying Orange. Where the candidates differ in ideology or worldview is best debated elsewhere.

It is very important that you not interpret this list as a show of bias in any possible direction. Hypocrisy and ignorance are abundant on all conceivable sides of the aisle, and in fact run furiously down the aisle’s dead center like the proverbial, putrid creek one is sometimes said to have to navigate without a paddle. At this time, there’s no call for a list of this sort for the Democrats, as we can safely presume their nominee is already more or less decided upon. The president and his cabinet are every bit as reproachable as every candidate on the above list. There is not discrimination in this regard.

A lot of people are accused of a lot of isms these days, and sometimes those hurling the accusations (and other times the accused) proudly cling to other isms still. We here at the PeekScore blog – who, it should be stressed do not speak for PeekYou as a whole – will come clean to our own prejudices (as we understand the term, as outlined for us in childhood here) and confess to a sometimes nasty case of politicianism, having encountered very few of those who would seek executive, legislative, or really most public office, who didn’t strike us as at least a little bit concerned first and foremost – beyond any ideologies, or senses of righteousness or duty to serve their communities or fellows – with the pursuit of their own greatness. We’re not headshrinkers – not Jungian, Freudian, Reichian, or of any variety you can name – but anyone seeking to lead mankind out of the darkness has, by necessity, got to be more than a touch narcissistic. And anyone who can endure the road to election, with its countless indignities, humiliations, and compromises, and remain anything other than destroyed by the experience, perhaps even has to be a touch sociopathic.



That said, even when fools, even when objectively evil or rotten, many of our past (and, to again suggest no bias we’ll add, possibly current) “fearless leaders” have been compelling and charismatic individuals; people who, for all the wrong they may have brought to the world, and all the disdain and disgust they likewise may have earned, still commanded our attention and even at times, on a level, our grudging respect (albeit sometimes in ways different from the respect they desperately sought). This above list may or may not contain a few individuals of whom it appears this could ever be the case. Only time will tell if among this rag tag bunch of crazy kids – each just looking for his or her shot at the title, a chance to be a contender, and an opportunity to prove that he or she is not just another bum from the neighborhood – we will find a great statesperson, or a formidable foe, an evil genius, or an individual so operatically tragic and damaged that even for all the deception and duplicity, there’s something about the sheer Shakespearean-scale drama of it all that captures our imaginations. Right now, at this stage, this is just a list of career politicians, cranks, wonks, and empty suits, peppered with a smattering of upstarts, and some more interesting sorts whose novelty candidacies may add some vital talk to the debates, but who probably have no honest shot at actually being nominated.

A lot can and will change in the next 18 months, but for the moment it’s difficult to imagine any of these candidates ousting the president. Should our economy and current unemployment rate not significantly improve, this will be the Republican’s election to lose. We’re not speaking to the president’s culpability nor lack thereof in the current state of things, simply to the fact that under such circumstances electorates often will seek change. With this crop of GOP candidates, though, it seems that things may have to get a lot worse before a single one them would have an honest shot.

But, it’s all pointless blather and speculation, isn’t it? Polls at this stage mean nothing, analysis at this point establishes nothing. It’s distinctly possible that the woman or man who will ultimately get the nomination isn’t even on the above list. Whatever happens, things are about to get very weird, intense, and interesting around here. It’s a circus, and it’s all rather ugly, but we love presidential election years and the madness of primaries, straw polls, scandals, rumors, sound bites, surprises, debates, and buckets and buckets of well and fully slung mud. It’s a mess, as it’s been for over two centuries now, and we’d never have it any other way. Send in the clowns.

Whatever their shots of winning the presidency, one of them will for certain win the nomination, and – more relevantly to now – one had to come out on top of our PeekScore list, and it’s arguably the worst of the bunch. But he’s gone now. Please keep coming back and see in subsequent lists who may have taken his place, and see how the members of this party – so famously decried for their perceived backwardness – function in the theoretically progressive (not in the political sense) milieu of all things cyber.