4chan founder named as "World's Most Influential Person"


Each year for the last three years, TIME Magazine has run an internet poll to find the “World’s Most Influential Person”. This year, the winner is moot – a 21-year-old student whose grandmother calls him Christopher Poole. He’s the founder of 4chan.org – the world’s second biggest, but certainly silliest, message boards.

Since 2003, when the site launched, it’s brought Lolcats, Chocolate Rain and Rickrolling into the mainstream. More impressive is its traffic, though – the site gets 5.6 million unique users a month and one sub-board sees 150-200,000 posts a day.

Although TIME’s web team was forced to act against several attempts to hack the vote, moot recieved 16,794,368 legitimate votes. Although he might not seem the obvious choice for World’s Most Influential Person, nor do previous winners – Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto in 2007 and Korean pop phenomenon Rain in 2006.

TIME.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel said: “I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll. Doubting the results is kind of the point.”

(via TIME)

Idiotic juror asks her Facebook friends to vote guilty/not guilty in child kidnapping case


“I don’t know which way to go, so I’m holding a poll” a female juror wrote in a vote application on her Facebook page when she couldn’t make her mind up about a court case she was part of.

The unnamed juror failed to set any sort of privacy options on her plea for help, meaning the entire Facebook-using portion of the internet was capable of viewing her confused cry for help…

UK decides that it really really likes Star Wars


In a poll of five thousand people, 38% said that Star Wars was the greatest Sci-Fi movie of all time. Not Wall-E, Close Encounters, or Short Circuit, but Star Wars. Honestly, talk about predictable. Not only that but Darth Vader was voted most evil Villain, the Lightsaber was the most popular gadget and Han Solo is the most heroic sci-fi hero. Okay! We get it! You like Star Wars! Jeez…

In similarly less-than-shocking news, HG Wells was the nation’s favourite Sci-Fi author, and Star Trek beat out Red Dwarf and Doctor Who to win best Sci-Fi TV show. They only won because Star Wars wasn’t eligible for those categories, y’know.

The whole poll was in honour of a new web sci-fi series, called Kirill, which is only available at msn.com/kirill. If you’re a Sci-Fi fan, then go watch it, and maybe stop voting for Star Wars in surveys. It’s getting boring now. Vote for ET instead.


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If the world could vote in the American election, who would they pick?


Given that the American presidency is the closest thing we’ve got to a “President of the World”, people around the globe care dearly about who gets elected to the White House. If you’re stuck in another country without a vote, you can only pray that the independent voters of America choose to endorse the same candidate that you like.

To give you some sense of participation, however, a website’s sprung up to try and find out who would win the election if the entire world could vote. It’s called, appropriately, “If the world could vote!”…

Poll: Which technology company would you choose to sit next to at a dinner party?

Hidden within the Brandchannel survey that Daniel wrote about below is a rather amusing story about the polled people wanting to sit next to Apple, Virgin, Google, Coca-Cola and Nike at a dinner party, if push came to shove. Of the 3.7% of people who chose Google, one commented “I’d like to get to know them better, or at least hop into bed with them for a quickie!”.

Of the 14.3% who chose Apple, one claimed it was “because I’m sure they’d develop an easier and simpler way to throw a dinner party”. So, I present you with the below poll – which tech giant would you choose to sit next to at a dinner party?

Vote in the web 2.0 Houses of Parliament Hall of Shame election

Once you’ve read the previous feature about which of the three main political parties in the UK are the most web 2.0 savvy, cast the only vote that matters this year, in our web 2.0 Houses of Parliament Hall of Shame election.

If we’re not being called to vote in a snap Autumn general election, this is the next best thing. Give your two pence worth and tell us, who has made the least amount of effort online, and who should be given a place in our web 2.0 Houses of Parliament Hall of Shame.

Set a cookie! Blog about it! Most hated Internet words revealed

wikipedia.jpgYouGov has conducted a poll of over two-thousand UK adults, on behalf of the Lulu Blooker Prize (yes, blogs from books – blooker), and found out which Internet-inspired words are hated the most.

Top of the pile came “folksonomy”, a term used to describe a user-genreated web classification system (I have enough trouble getting my head around a taxonomy, without folk messing about with it).

Second came “blogosphere”, used to describe the universal collection of “blogs”, which came third.