Next Big Internet Thing (69)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

That's laughable.

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

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

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.

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

ok i lol'd

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


4 real :p

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



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

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

They're right, you know.

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


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


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.

52 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-08-26 00:17 ID:aBH/VCb4

I check back here every couple of months or years. Coming back always makes me happy. Sometimes I can pick up a conversation from before. If 4-ch started moving faster it would lose this feeling of being a safe haven to return to every once in a while.

53 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-08-27 10:45 ID:Din7SrJw

It's already starting to get too fast for me:

54 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-09-06 13:01 ID:CYUYWgCN

crowdfunded suicide pacts on blockchain with livestreams

we all kill ourselves in a lulzy way and our family gets $$$

good bye mafia bets

55 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-09-10 02:41 ID:VciYRaUE

>>54 The future is now.

56 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-11-20 22:52 ID:qroVfeKf

more spyware

57 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-12-14 02:43 ID:1ZS7L64r

Ay anyone here want to add me on fortnite ;^DDDD

58 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2018-12-17 04:22 ID:bpAFfCNf

59 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-01-06 07:23 ID:MKBGld1q

The centralization of the internet to a few websites.

60 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-01-07 02:47 ID:BqWA9rPB

I know it might be retarded to say this about Internet culture, but I highly recommend you guys read Oswald Spengler's "Decline of the West". Although he can get a bit autistic with pseudo-metaphysics, his main ideas are on point, but the Internet is recent and clear evidence that his historical model can apply to even subcultures AS LONG AS there is a higher-ideal(s) and enough stimuli and people to participate. (Despite that, if you want a long-lasting culture, religion IS necessary. Materialism does not a culture make.)

61 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-02-02 13:31 ID:RJN6IwL1

>AS LONG AS there is a higher-ideal

looks like we're fucked

62 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-02-04 00:31 ID:DhHm+SbP

Religion is a materialism. Naturalism forever.

63 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-03-03 22:00 ID:BWGcfoAf


I liked using reddit back in 2017, but it's been getting worse and worse.

I think it peaked at r/place.

64 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-03-15 13:44 ID:yKJRVRp2

next big internet is livestream hardcore henry

65 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-03-18 08:50 ID:Y0hU5cTa

I was playing uplink the other and then i found out it has an IRC client in it. I think that's gonna be big

66 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-05-26 02:39 ID:ZqhUWTlT

For my circle it's telegram, but the circle is kinda bubbled up for my tastes. I mean you don't have that sense of exploration you had.

67 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-06-26 14:25 ID:2+4hrk96

I think that's the problem of the contemporary internet, people circle the wagons and retreat into places they think they can express themselves. That's why I'm here at least lol

68 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-09-30 03:28 ID:JIR8veAw

I don't think there will be another good communications platform for a long time. The world is shrinking every day and everyone knows everything. The internet has run its course as a medium, and we'll probably be very old or dead by the time the next big thing becomes a practical reality. Sucks...

69 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2019-10-03 16:09 ID:3VRj8uAX

we need Another Medium

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