Earlier this week I wrote about some new social sites to take a look at. One was 4chan.org. It was a bit of a strange one to put in there... hardly anyone I know has heard of it and as pointed out in the comments to my post, some people find the site's content very offensive indeed.
But this week the power of the 4Chan community revealed itself again when it completely manipulated the Time 100 Most Influential People list to such a degree that all of the top 21 ranked people in the Time list spelt out a message from the 4chan community to the rest of the world.
"What TIME doesn’t say is that their poll was so totally manipulated that the results of the poll are not an indication of who is the most influential, but instead they stand as a monument to Time’s incompetence."
[pic courtesy of MusicMachinery]
At first glance, it seems that in a short space of time well over 30 million votes engulfed the Time poll, sent by 4chan. But what actually happened was that 4chan users hacked into the poll and controlled it completely, but under the radar in a way that went undetected.
I still believe the structure of 4chan as a social site will change the way online communities will organise themselves online, similar to theway that Twitter changed the blogosphere.