ll, this for anyone, as myself, who has wondered about poll results and their validity. An internet group with a reputation of being part of the underbelly of the net successfully rigged Time Magazine’s “Time 100” poll to name their founder, moot, as the world’s most influential person.
Now, I’ll have to say, once again I thought – this is some kind of joke, I’d better check further, but from all I can see, it is for real. One source said that Time Magazine has sort of shrugged it off saying it was just an internet poll.
“”Look closely at Time magazine’s online voting results so far for the Time 100 and you will see at the top someone called moot (aka 21-year-old Christopher Poole), the founder of 4chan, the notorious online bulletin board where hackers like to hang out. Not only did moot’s followers manage to get his name to the top of the Time 100 reader’s list, they also manipulated the next 20 spots.””
See the gross details Here.
UPDATE: I just caught a glimpse on CNN of a special program announcing Time Magazine Worlds Most Influential People to be aired on May 1st, with Anderson Cooper and George Clooney. I said, nah, surely they are not going to have a special program about a bogus list of influentials!
I was in disbelief so I go searching again and found this:
“”Anderson Cooper is teaming up with Time magazine for a special look at The World’s Most Influential People.
CNN announced that the news network would air the one-hour special edition of Anderson Cooper 360° on May 1 in conjunction with the release of the Time 100 special issue. The program, anchored by Cooper, will feature interviews with the magazine’s honorees, conducted by other influencers.””
And from Time.com website:
“”In a stunning result, the winner of the third annual TIME 100 poll and new owner of the title World’s Most Influential Person is moot.””
Posted: 04.28.09 Posted: 02.28.09 @ 6:00 p.m.