en he was 15. It quickly grew into one of the internet’s most influential – and chaotic – communities, spawning m
emes and jokes that spread far and wide. Today, it has a base of more than two million active users and more than 20 million “lurkers” every month.White House rickrolls Twitter user who complains of 'dull' feed Read moreThe site has often proved controversial over its no-holds-barred approach to posts, especially in the /b/ (random) board. /b/, the site’s first forum, is infamous as the sweaty engine room of the internet; the dank primordial ooze from which most internet culture, at one point or other, emerged.Rickrolling – the now-infamous practice of tricking people into clicking a link to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up – originated here. So did LOLcats. Anonymous, the powerful hacktivist collective, is thought to have taken its name from the l
abel that accompanies
posts by users – known as “anons” on 4chan.4chan was also one of the sites at the centre of the leak of naked pictures of celebrities hacked from Apple’s iCloud in September. The month of the leak, Poole said, was a difficult one.Gang of hackers behind nude celebrity photo leak routinely attacked iCloud Read more“It took a toll,” he said. “We had close to a billion page views that month. I was completely overwhelmed.” He said he “got many a legal nastygram from firms representing the actresses, spen
t a shitload of time on the phone to lawyers” and spent tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills.He said he had been considering retiring long before that.One anon asked Poole if there was any board on the site he hated. “There are no boards I hate,” he said. “I find it’s very tiring to hate people on the internet.” Asked about his state of mind, Poole said that he had found “a kind of zen” and was “in a good place”.“For people who are angry on the internet,” he added, “I hope that one day you find the beauty in things.”On Wednesday, on /b/, a thread was started that called for tribute. “Let us all rejoice i
n this final calling to Moot”, the original poster wrote. Before the board disappeared, a chorus of anons had j
d in joyous ululation – more than 63,000 shouts of “Moot!”It was a fitting fanfare.