Friday, July 11, 2008

4Chan Gets Feature in Major Media

The Wall Street Journal and both have surprising articles about 4chan, the image forum at the origin of Anonymous' "fight" against Scientology. 4chan is describe as the source of several fast spreading memes which makes businessmen jealous. They would not advertise in it, however, because of the channel rowdy reputation.

Note however that neither source say even a single word about about Scientology or Anonymous' protests.

Here are a couple of excerpts:
"You may not realize it, but 4chan has probably touched your life. Possibly inappropriately. 4chan is unusual in several ways. It's extremely large and active; it gets 8.5 million page views a day and 3.3 million visitors a month. Since moot started it in 2003, those visitors have put up 145 million posts. By some metrics, 4chan is the fourth largest bulletin board on the Net.:

"Over the last few years, has become one of the most talked-about
sites when it comes to launching new memes. "

"A book based on the site is coming this fall for Gotham Books."

"A large part of the site's success is its emphasis on anonymity. Users are not required to provide a working email address or any other personal information, a standard practice for other online communities like Facebook or MySpace. "

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