Next Big Internet Thing (51)

1 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-29 03:51 ID:YO+RcM1H

In 2002 Something Awful was the place to be. Next came YTMND, and from 2003-2006 4-chan was the greatest thing ever. So what do you think is next?

It's unlikely, but if 4-ch were to suddenly explode in popularity I wouldn't be too surprised.

2 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-29 05:29 ID:iGaawCZ6

TEXT ONLY WEB-BASED DISCUSSION BOARDS

INTELLIGENT DISCUSSION

PLEASE GOD PLEASE

3 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-29 05:32 ID:YmMK9seb

4 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-29 18:56 ID:A0tTfWqg

gaia-online
sad but true

5 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-29 22:46 ID:6eIMeOqi

>>and from 2003-2006 4-chan was the greatest thing ever.

Holy shit, where was I when this happened?

6 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-30 00:19 ID:Heaven

>>3
INTELLIGENT DISCUSSION

7 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-01-30 00:23 ID:C1Ook47A

The only way we'll become popular (which would be horrible) is if one of us hijacks a bus and does some suicide bombing.

8 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-02 01:22 ID:LhQXdn/X

>>4
GTFO GAIAFAG!

9 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-02 10:15 ID:tzrFpRH3

>>7 even then I bet 4chan would get the credit.

10 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-02 22:19 ID:yTUVovRv

4chan is filled with a bunch of kids who claim they don't want to become popular, then when they do, they do everything in their power to exploit their presence as some 'Anonymous' entity by raiding. Yet they still complain when new people drop by.

In short, they're a ship of fools. They become so full of themselves that they'll keep sailing north until they crash into ice. At least /b/ is like that.

11 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-03 01:10 ID:xuDI9XQq

>>10

Back in the older times we really didn't want to become popular.

12 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-03 05:31 ID:NeDxPJRH

13 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-05 11:48 ID:pRfmJDLg

>>10-12

Fuck off.

14 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-05 17:56 ID:Heaven

And with the Scientology raid, now their fantasy is to get into the history books.

15 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-05 19:14 ID:Heaven

No it's won't. A couple of minute-long television reports and a few magazine articles doesn't mean anything. I mean, it's popular on Digg, but Digg is a lot less important than Digg users like to think it is.

16 Name: !NSB/tixtek : 2008-02-05 19:22 ID:Heaven

>>14 said that's what the fantasy is, not what's going to happen.

Some people predict epic fail, where the Scientologists bring out the big guns and end up putting protesters in prison. Others predict epic win, where Scientology crumbles at the sight of a thousand Guy Fawkes masks singing Rick Astley songs, or at least it gets on the news, or at least they get laid at the protest.

I predict epic meh. Twelve guys milling around, a few in the one black suit they bought ten pounds ago to wear to job interviews. One dude in an afro wig who takes it off when he spots a black guy two blocks away.

17 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-05 23:33 ID:XKfOzyCF

I predict epic penis. Twelve guys with their penis out milling around, a few in the one black latex suit they bought ten pounds ago to wear to bdsm sessions. One dude in an afro wig on their sack who takes it off when he spots a black gay two blocks away.

18 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-06 02:33 ID:gAkXQLVv

>>16
I disagree, there was this news article claiming around 200 anons showed up to one event. I don't have a link, it's somewhere on partyvan.info's Chanology page.

Not to say this is a good thing, though. Anonymous is dead. Luckily we're 404 - Name Not Found.

19 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-07 02:20 ID:bj4VlOZp

ANONYMOUS IS FUCKING DEAD.

20 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-07 02:33 ID:bj4VlOZp

Also, this scientology shit isn't going to do anything. It's going to be a couple fags in suits protesting in some mid-sized city. I'll bet 100 bucks they don't get 60 seconds on TV - anywhere. IRL raids are fucking fail/cancer.

21 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-08 21:27 ID:+pQ2e0QY

>>14
Would a 200-word article in the Economist be close enough? I gasped when I read it. Got a leader on the cover, too.

22 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-09 13:06 ID:kKLSU1yh

>>21
Linkage possible?

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24 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-11 20:39 ID:+pQ2e0QY

25 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-12 04:08 ID:TARcQExo

I'm usually against raids, but considering Scientology is the oldest enemy of the Internet, counting all the way back to the USENET days, this is actually a somewhat noble cause.

I don't particularly condone their methods, but I hope this helps raising awareness to what Scientology really is. Most people have no idea Scientology is an evil cult that does nothing but extract money, blackmail people and use their Unlimited Lawyer Works to keep functioning. Kind of like a Mafia with a religious fa├žade. Wait -- that's exactly what it is.

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28 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-13 05:38 ID:XdcajuAu

29 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-14 05:04 ID:2+gcykek

shut up about anon we went off topic

30 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-14 06:59 ID:lJus5NDg

>>1
Somethingawful and 4chan have not been a "big internet thing". They spawn a lot of irreverent humour and in-jokes popular among a segment of the geek/gamer/otaku crowd, but aren't really that relevant in the big scheme of things on the net. SA was at its cultural influence zenith in 1999-2001 or so, or whenever they were spawning stuff like All Your Base. Gradually they started tightening posting standards, and got a boost in quality but it seems to have hindered their propensity for generating fast-spreading memes and jokes. 4chan has gradually taken over SA's role of being the "center of internet comedy", probably in large part due to lack of moderation and restrictions, as well as many of the early users coming from SA. Memes like rickroll and chocolate rain have spread much farther into the greater non-internet masses than anything SA ever generated. Possibly due to there simply being more internet-literate people around now. YTMND was never all that popular to begin with.

For all the popularity 4chan has gained though, it still pales in alexa ranking when compared to 2channel. It's only now with this anonymous activisim thing that it's starting to reach into the scale of the cultural influence in america and worldwide that 2channel has achieved in Japan.

For proper scale "big internet thing", I think you'd be looking more at something like search engines to portals to Google to blogs to social networking to Youtube+flash video.

31 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-14 07:04 ID:lJus5NDg

>>30
Holy shit, scratch that. 4chan is even past 2ch now. It's not the most accurate measurement, but it's still pretty impressive.

32 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-14 11:37 ID:XdcajuAu

>>31
That's laughable.

33 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-14 12:34 ID:Heaven

>>31
Comparing apples with oranges too.

34 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-15 23:29 ID:Heaven

4chan is in rank 298 now and it's going up.

35 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-02-16 23:38 ID:46ySa/Zr

>> 30

Are we measuring the "big internet thing" with the overall internet population or with the net addict sort of crowd?

I think the latter counts more, since they invest more time in the internet than do the general populace of say, myspace. I imagine 4chan is far more popular among heavy users.

36 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-03-19 18:45 ID:rngIStTP

bah, i wish there was a new thing

4chan died and that is it so far, the entire web has now become a mainstream thing such that there are no more 'things'

there will be niche sites left to enjoy, like this one, but no BIG THINGs

37 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-03-21 21:36 ID:r3K8WBGq

>>31
2channel's base is just Japan (130 million). 4chan's base is basically the whole world, with North America dominating. 2channel might actually still be ahead for now, but Futaba has certainly been left behind.

>>35
Actually I suspect Myspace users would be more committed in a sense. They at least have to set up a page and try to gain online friends etc etc. Vast majority of 4channers just download pictures. If every visitor was making posts then all of 4chan's boards would be another /b/.

Sadly I think the proportion of people posting is even lower on iiChan. I think a lot of visitors just view iiChan as a picture repository they can download from and then go to 4chan to actually interact and have fun. No wonder really when newcomers (and oldtimers) are met with near-total silence however much they post. Very encouraging indeed...

38 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-03-22 13:55 ID:GcKjELCD

everybody hates me. today in my school bullies put me in the trashbin and urinated on me. woe woe woe

39 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-03-24 11:29 ID:ifW5tsqJ

>>38
ok i lol'd

40 Name: lawl : 2008-05-23 01:17 ID:Gvq8ddq3

google.

4 real :p

41 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2008-05-27 18:12 ID:TCoUO4PU

>>31

what?

2ch is still dominating 4chan, although futaba is below 4chan.

42 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-05-30 01:49 ID:ju9uZyzz

>>3
>>5
They're right, you know.

43 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-02 16:38 ID:Bjy6MaqA

GOING OFFLINE

44 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-05 02:06 ID:RMrzeKSd

VR social spaces are the next big thing, though unfortunately they're being pushed by the establishment as a new form of social engineering/mind kontrol.

45 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-05 13:07 ID:Bjy6MaqA

online suicide pacts

actually it is already a big trend in Japan since like 2001

46 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-06 11:53 ID:Bjy6MaqA

coud gaming

47 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-06 11:53 ID:Bjy6MaqA

cloud

48 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-06 12:13 ID:Bjy6MaqA

cloud gaming

49 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-06 12:14 ID:Bjy6MaqA

you will be able to play far cry 5 on Pentium III

50 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-06-09 23:37 ID:Bjy6MaqA

51 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-08-12 05:10 ID:yiirNkdg

i hope this website at least gains a bit in traction, this website is interesting but doesn't deserve to be exposed to the cancer of the newer sites.

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