4chan Sold to Founder of Hit Japanese Message Board 2channel

22 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4chan Just Sold to the Founder of the Original ‘Chan’.

New Delhi:Christopher Poole, founder of 4Chan- the image-based anonymous message board- has sold his creation to the founder of 2channel- a board that inspired 4chan.4chan, the imageboard credited with giving birth to countless internet memes, has been sold to Japanese businessman Hiroyuki Nishimura, the owner of 2channel. While the handover might worry a few, Poole believes that he is putting his creation in good hands as Nishimura is the ‘only person in the world’ with as much experience running a message board like this.

Christopher Poole, who was 15 years old when he created 4chan in his New York City bedroom in 2003, said that Hiroyuki Nishimura has taken his place as the owner. “Hiroyuki is a pioneer in the world of anonymous communities, and can be thought of as the great-grandfather of 4chan,” Poole said in an online post. The site, best known for malicious and offensive jokes as well as its role in the ‘Fappening’, was set up by American Christopher ‘Moot’ Poole in 2003, when he was 15. A report on the New York Times notes the sale of 4chan comes as tens of millions of dollars in venture capital are pouring into sites like Reddit and Imgur, two independent web forums that regularly have hundreds of millions of monthly anonymous visitors. Poole, who uses the name “moot” for online posts, created 4chan as an online venue for sharing and anonymously discussing Japanese comics and anime. Revelling in its reputation as the filthy, sweaty engine-room of the internet, 4chan – and especially the /b/ (random) board, the site’s first board – was the originator and hub of a vast amount of internet subculture including “LOLcats” and the practice of “Rickrolling”, in which an unsuspecting user is tricked into clicking on a link which takes them to the YouTube video of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up – a practice which re-booted Astley’s career. 4chan is also largely credited with being where the online hacktivist collective Anonymous originated, and it was at the center of the nude celebrity photo leak known as “the fappening” in 2014.

His creation of 2channel in 1999 sparked an era of anonymous-centric web culture in Japan that led to the creation of Futaba Channel, the site that inspired 4chan. There is nobody more qualified than Hiroyuki to lead 4chan, and I can’t think of a person better suited for the task,” Poole’s statement continued. “4chan sits on the eve of two great milestones – its 2 billionth post and 12th birthday. None of us would be using 4chan today—or potentially any anonymous image board—if it weren’t for him.” Poole had stepped down from actively running the site earlier this year. Nishimura, one of the trailblazers of Internet message board culture who helped the format make the jump from dial-up bulletin board services to the web, was recently named editor-in-chief of Variety’s Japanese edition.

A 2008 profile of him in Wired magazine revealed that he had lost “about 50 lawsuits” and owed “millions of dollar in penalties, which he has no intention of paying.” The price that Nishimura paid for 4chan has not been disclosed, although given that 4chan is the 739th most popular site on the internet, it was probably fairly large. And if you’ve ever been rickrolled, you have 4chan to blame. 2channel, an anonymous text-based Internet forum, has been similarly influential in Japan and, in fact, though it may be less of a household name in America, it is actually more popular worldwide according to Alexa, a site that measures web site popularity across the world.

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