Who’s the World’s Most Influential Person? The answer is moot.
No, really. Time Magazine asked readers to vote online for the most influential person, and the winner was “moot” — aka Christopher Poole. He’s the founder of 4chan.org, an image-based bulletin board that averages 13 million page views a day and 5.6 million visitors a month. 4chan has spawned other wildly popular sites, such as Lolcats.
Poole, a 21-year-old college student, received 16,794,368 votes and an average influence rating of 90 out of a possible 100 in the third annual Time 100 poll. That put him way ahead of President Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
Time.com said its technical team did thwart several attempts to hack the vote, but the results are still like to raise eyebrows.
“I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll,” said Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel. “Doubting the results is kind of the point.”
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