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4Chan Founder Leads TIME's Top 100

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 24 comments

Today the media is buzzing about TIME magazine’s most influential person of the year, 4Chan founder Christopher Poole (AKA moot).

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The 21-year-old college student topped Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kobe Bryant, the co-founders of Twitter, Vladimir Putin and 94 other influential figures with 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100).

TIME was surprisingly frank about the whole thing. The publication admitted that the polling might not be entirely accurate and even went as far as to say people were supposed to doubt the results. That said, the article announcing Poole’s win did endeavor to highlight the student’s influence on the internet.

“Since moot launched 4chan.org in 2003, the site has given birth to Internet memes as diverse as Lolcats and Rickrolling. 4chan averages 13 million page views a day and 5.6 million visitors a month; by some estimates it is the second largest bulletin board in the world.”


TIME goes on to point out, rigged results or not, Poole definitely has some sway online.

“For proof of Moot's influence on the web, one need look no further than the TIME 100 poll results. While Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao got a larger vote total (20,391,818), the runner-up for the title of world's most influential person, Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, received a mere 47 on the influence scale.”


According to TIME, Poole “denies knowing about any concerted plan by his followers to influence the poll,” however, TIME did mention that its technical team did “detect and extinguish” several attempts to hack the vote.

Interesting. What’s even more interesting is this article which purports to explain exactly how the 4Chan crew hacked the vote, including how they got around TIME’s attempts to put a stop to their trickery. It makes for a pretty good read so be sure to check it out.

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    chris13th , April 27, 2009 9:30 PM
    pics or it didn't happ...oh wait. nvm
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2009 9:43 PM
    DAT PRESS
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    turboflame , April 27, 2009 10:06 PM
    ITT cancer
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    eklipz330 , April 27, 2009 10:19 PM
    tbh, i didn't know about 4chan until last year when 5-9 of my friends called me weird for now knowing what it was -_-
    I SPEND ALL DAY ON THE INTERNET lol
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    rage machine , April 27, 2009 10:24 PM
    Maybe if the pulls were designed correctly......
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    city_zen , April 27, 2009 10:29 PM
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    It makes for a pretty good read so be sure to check it out.

    It sure did, Jane. Thanks for the link.
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    JMcEntegart , April 27, 2009 10:33 PM
    city_zenIt sure did, Jane. Thanks for the link.


    No problem, dude.
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    Anonymous , April 27, 2009 10:33 PM
    Mmmm trolls!
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    cctchristensen , April 28, 2009 2:59 AM
    It's a little late for April Fool's Jokes isn't it? This is by far the best one.
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    IzzyCraft , April 28, 2009 3:45 AM
    Plz it was online voting lol ofc 4chan won control of that.
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    Tindytim , April 28, 2009 3:56 AM
    I saw huge amounts of thread about that, TIME reset the vote quite a few times after moot got millions of votes.
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    fudgeboy , April 28, 2009 5:17 AM
    DUDE! RULES 1 & 2!!! GODDAMN TIME NEWFAGS >:3
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    magicandy , April 28, 2009 5:44 AM
    I saw this coming the second I found out Time was running an internet poll for its person of the year. Poll bombing is one of the many 'arts' of 4chan.
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2009 9:25 AM
    Oh come on... if some /b/tards are bombing the votes doesn't mean moot is really influential. They're just doing it for the lulz.

    HACKERS ON STEROIDS!!!!111
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    fudgeboy , April 28, 2009 10:14 AM
    "They're just doing it for the lulz"

    ...i'd go so far as to say this earned them some epic lulz.
    i reckon /b/ is rather entertaining at times....when they're not telling people to go kill themselves or looking at CP.

    you laugh you lose threads entertain me for hours!
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    eddieroolz , April 28, 2009 10:17 AM
    No way.

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    Tindytim , April 28, 2009 10:36 AM
    fudgeboy"They're just doing it for the lulz"...i'd go so far as to say this earned them some epic lulz.i reckon /b/ is rather entertaining at times....when they're not telling people to go kill themselves or looking at CP.you laugh you lose threads entertain me for hours!

    ....You are cancer.

    All this does is attract more newfags that are going to spam with old meme. Delete your /b/ folder and think up something new.
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    fudgeboy , April 28, 2009 11:48 AM
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    All this does is attract more newfags that are going to spam with old meme.


    true that. all i'm saying is i get the occasional lol out of something i've missed here or there - granted there is nothing quite like the original thing and you're pretty much scum if you post shit repeatedly. still, i guess i'm really only there to cause trouble because i'm too much of a lazy bugger to go out and do something with myself.
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    Delete your /b/ folder and think up something new.

    sounds like a plan.
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    Tindytim , April 28, 2009 12:13 PM
    fudgeboyi'm too much of a lazy bugger to go out and do something with myself.

    Well then, at least repeat something that's only been done recently.

    For example, I posted a school map with the information blurred out and some random information about the times it would take to move along hallways, and where I could find "storage", with a mention that a broken bench could be used to block an auditorium door.

    I then wrote some angst ridden bull about how I would give back all the pain that had been given to me.

    Lulz ensued.
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    koss64 , April 28, 2009 4:14 PM
    More popular than Barack Obama?I never knew about this guy till today,hell ive never been to 4chan,just read about it in articles,and from what i gather people who are easily offended and swear frequently reside there.
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