Monday, March 14, 2011

     A new social network, or maybe more appropriately, anti-social network. Imagen if you will the bastard child of facebook and 4chan. Creator, 24-year-old Chris Poole talked about his newest venture into social networking. Yes, that's right, Moot him self is selling… eer I mean…  branching out. He and his colleagues are working on Canvasan anonymous facebook if you will.

     More accurately, Christopher "Moot" Poole, the 4chan message board founder, has been quietly working on his site,, for some time now. He spoke up at this week's SXSW conference, where the Poole took the stage and proceeded to putdown his elders, specifically 26-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, about their failure to appreciate the benefits of online anonymity.

     "Zuckerberg's totally wrong on anonymity being total cowardice. Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way," Poole said, adding that the internet allows people to "reinvent themselves" as if they were moving home or starting a new job. "The cost of failure is really high when you're contributing as yourself," he said.

     Chris Poole became somewhat infamous when he was named the World's Most Influential Person in a 2009 online survey by Time magazine. Of course, that survey was hacked by his pals at 4chan, which is also widely believed to be the source of the Anonymous campaigns that has bedeviled everyone from the Church of Scientology, to the government of Egypt, and even identifying the cat bin lady. At least, the two groups appear to draw from the same pool of digital prankster-vigilantes.

     Canvas is in closed beta at the moment, so it's impossible to see how much it is or isn't like the 4chan. Though Business Insider offers a preview of the site. From the description, ir seems allot like facebook but more image oriented. The idea is accommodate all users of his boards and not just one kind of people.


  1. "The cost of failure is really high when you're contributing as yourself".
    I think a lot of people - even avid users of facebook feel this way.

  2. I'll be sure to check out canvas, but I'm not sure it's for me. Anyway, I am a fan of the idea of anonymity. I can't stand the idea of the internet become more and more connected behind social network integration.

    It needs to remain a wilderness.

  3. The bastard child of facebook and 4chan ~shudder~

  4. This is going to be weird, but it'll never top 4chan.