2009
04.28

From the magazine itself:

In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World’s Most Influential Person is moot. The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4chan.org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey. To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it’s worth noting that everyone moot beat out actually has a job.

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.

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. Moot denies knowing about any concerted plan by his followers to influence the poll, though TIME.com’s technical team did detect and extinguish several attempts to hack the vote.

What’s funny is that TIME utterly failed at stopping Anonymous from rigging the vote. If you look at the first letter of the top 21 people, it spells out “Marblecake, also the game”. It’s my sincere hope that TIME was just lying when they said they stopped the vote from being manipulated, because otherwise, they pretty much suck at what they were doing. Music Machinery has a great write-up of how Anonymous pulled off rigging the vote, even working through reCAPTCHA. If Anonymous means anything to you, it’s worth a read.

The Internets win again.

(TE)DC

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