View Full Version : The most influential person in the world is... huh?

27th April 09, 04:08 PM
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. (See the TIME 100 Finalists.)

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. (See the full results here.) 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. (See the full results here.)

Undoubtedly, many people will question Moot's worthiness of the title world's most influential person. TIME.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel says that Moot is no less deserving than previous title-holders Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (2007) and Korean pop star Rain (2006). "I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll. Doubting the results is kind of the point."

I feel the invisible hand of Anonymous at work here. I seriously doubt this result would have happened any other way.

Spade: The Real Snake
27th April 09, 04:17 PM
Sirc will be along to see you shortly.

27th April 09, 04:18 PM
Does Sirc own 4chan?

Spade: The Real Snake
27th April 09, 04:20 PM
No, Sirc posted something about this already and will be along to gloat/chastize/call faggot

Aphid Jones
27th April 09, 04:39 PM
TIME has ridden his nuts in articles before.

Not surprising.

28th April 09, 12:42 AM
The point of this thread is Moot, you say?

28th April 09, 12:49 AM
You saved your best joke for now didn't you Reese?

28th April 09, 12:53 AM
Now at least I have determined at what level you humor resonates at.

28th April 09, 12:55 AM
What does your laugh sound like Reese?

28th April 09, 12:57 AM
A hearty Somalian pirate after scoring some prime booty.

28th April 09, 01:04 AM
oh wow that's amazing (http://www.sociocide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52528)

28th April 09, 02:20 AM
Lily, you are WAY out of your league.

28th April 09, 04:04 AM
oh wow that's amazing (http://www.sociocide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52528)

He added a lot more creepy weirdness than I did too.

Curse you Sirc!

28th April 09, 08:31 AM
Hu Jintao is pretty influential, I guess, since he lords over more than a billion people, but how many other political figures were in that list? Man, what a shitty list.

28th April 09, 10:34 AM
Once again, 4chan makes creepy and unwanted advances on the real world.

28th April 09, 11:57 AM
Thankfully, this is the closest to the real world most 4chan posters ever get.