Christopher "moot" Poole

Founder, 4chan
Christopher "moot" Poole is founder of 4chan, an online imageboard whose anonymous denizens have spawned the web's most bewildering — and influential — subculture.

Why you should listen

Since its inception in 2003, Christopher "moot" Poole's controversial imageboard, 4chan, has gained worldwide notoriety as a breeding ground for many of the most recognizable Internet "memes" (think LOLcats). It was also the source of a high-profile hack of a mainstream media website and at least one spirited -- if morally inscrutable -- activist campaign in the real world.

Despite the server-crippling traffic it attracts, this last major enclave of the untamed Internet terrifies advertisers, and moot struggles to keep it afloat. Though you might regard much of its content as obscene or just plain weird, it's become a fixture on the fringe of the mainstream -- and a cultural force all its own.

Read Wired's recent Q&A with Chris -- "4chan Philosophy: Christopher ‘moot’ Poole Calls Community the Killer App" >>

What others say

"Because of the lack of rules, 4chan has fostered an environment where there's a lot of creativity and good things coming out of it." — Christopher "moot" Poole

Christopher "moot" Poole’s TED talks

Quotes from Christopher "moot" Poole

What’s unique about [4chan] is that it’s anonymous, and it has no memory. There’s no archive, there are no barriers, there’s no registration. … That’s led to this discussion that’s completely raw, completely unfiltered.
Christopher "moot" Poole
TED2010 • 1.1M views Jun 2010
Funny, Fascinating