The greatest things 4chan has achieved since its inception in October 1st, 2003 are quite a number. They have maintained a strong influence in the world of the internet with some of the great things they have done. Their boards are dedicated to a variety of topics, from Japanese animation and culture to video games, music, and photography. Users do not need to register an account before participating in the 4chan community. Some of the greatest things 4chan has ever done include pranks such as hijacking Internet destinations to cause the image of Rick Astley to appear in a place of their content, coordinating attacks against other websites and Internet users, and posting threats of violence in order to elicit individual and public reactions.
Project Chanology was one of the greatest things 4chan has ever done, while most 4chan users will argue that Chanology was what Killed it, project Chanology was one of the most successful Internet movements carried out in real life. a series of protests movements were launched against the practices of the Church of Scientology by members of Anonymous. The project was started in response to the Church of Scientology’s attempts to remove video clips from a highly publicized interview with Scientologist Tom Cruise from the Internet in January 2008.
The protests went on for a long time, with several Anonymous members (approximately 7000 of them) showing up in front of several Scientologist buildings across the globe, wearing masks and holding protest signs. Anonymous also hacked several of their websites, sent them thousands of blank pictures via fax and got the Internal revenue service on their back by digging into their public records and finding loopholes and instances of them breaking the law.
Moot is Time’s Person of the Year:
This is another great thing 4chan has done. Moot winning Time’s Person of the year is undeniable one of the most influential pranks 4chan has ever successfully pulled off. Like when they voted Kim Jong-un to the top of Time’s Person of the year, that was in 2009, Time magazine was once again holding its person of the year poll. After the link was posted on 4chan, Anons decided to work together to rig the results. At the long run, they were able to vote moot to the top of the list, and also managed to vertically spell out “marblecake also the game,” a reference to the name of the IRC channel used during Project Chanology raids, by arranging the first 21 nominees’ names in a particular order.
Time announced that Poole had won the title World’s Most Influential Person with 16,794,368 votes on April 27th, 2009. The announcement from Time magazine read:
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. Moot of course attended the red carpet event to pick his award:
Another greatest thing 4chan has ever done by far was the time they called in airstrikes in Syria. They found a video on YouTube of ISIS militants, which happened to make the mistake of giving away their approximate location within Syria. Then numerous 4chan users worked tirelessly to watch the video again and again, looking for landmarks in the video that might reveal the exact location of the militants within Syria. The breakthrough happened when they figured out that an electrical tower seen in the background of the video was the exact same as one in an area that they had located using google maps. The other features in the video were matched to this area, and the coordinates were locked. These coordinates were then texted to a Russian representative with ties to the military, who in turn gave them to a Russian general. The Russians then bombed the location, and a video of the bombing was posted on YouTube.
Causing Apple’s Stock To Fall by 10%
Causing Apple stocks to fall by 10% is another greatest thing 4chan has ever done. 4chan is often dismissed as a place for basement-dwelling losers, but when a site like this is capable of making the most valuable company in the world lose 10% of its value, you kind of have to take them seriously. How did they manage this? Apparently, it all started with one of these basement-dwelling losers who was bored and thought he would convince everyone that Steve Jobs was dead. Somehow, it actually worked. This 18-year-old kid started a rumor on 4chan that Steve Jobs had suffered a massive heart attack and had passed away. Everyone panicked, as there was no way to confirm or deny the rumor. And when people panic, they sell their stocks. This caused Apple’s stock to drop by 10%, resulting in an estimated 5 billion loss. Authorities later conducted an investigation to see whether the rumor was a deliberate attempt to sabotage the company, but they found out that it was only a bored 18-year-old 4chan user.
These and more, are some of the greatest things 4chan has ever done. The motto of 4chan is “a magical place.” And that phrase fits the site perfectly, even though The Guardian once summarized the 4chan community as “lunatic, juvenile brilliant, ridiculous and alarming”.