On March 7th 2016, Google plus announced that the social networking site was seeking the help of 4chan’s founder Christopher Poole (Known online as Moot) to help raise the site from the downward stroll it has been on for the past few years. The announcement was confirmed by Moot himself on his twitter account and on his website, in a blog post titled “My next Chapter”. “When meeting with current and former Googlers, I continually find myself drawn to their intelligence, passion and enthusiasm—as well as a universal desire to share it with others” Moot wrote in the blog post. “I’m also impressed by Google’s commitment to enabling these same talented people to tackle some of the world’s most interesting and important problems”.
Presumably, the management and experts over at Google plus consider Moot to be some kind of Internet celebrity that people look up to, who’s going to make Google plus look “hip” and “cool”. When we first heard the news, we were inclined to believe this was just an early April fools joke to troll the Internet; we were wrong. Bradley Horowitz, Google plus’s vice president of streams, photos and sharing verified Moot’s announcement the next day. “You may have seen this post from Chris Poole. I’m thrilled he’s joining our team here at google. Welcome Chris” Horowitz said in a short Google plus post. Its official, Moot will be working at Google plus.
What Google plus doesn’t know is that despite his undeserved internet fame, Moot is an irresponsible child, an unoriginal sperglord, a two timing sellout and in general, an unsuccessful and un-innovative entrepreneur. Back when he still owned 4chan before selling it to Hiroyuki Nishimura , he used to create new boards based on a whim and then throw a temper tantrum when they don’t turn out well. He based his decisions on naive intuitions and feelings and then got angry when people criticized them. The entire Internet is filled with 4chan clones that serve as a reminder of some of the bad decisions Moot has made. Master chan, 420 chan, and the now famous 8chan, are but a few of the hundreds of image boards that came into being as a result of Moot’s actions. Moot himself has admitted in a video that every time he makes a decision that betrays the 4chan userbase, users always migrate to another site. In the case of 8chan, the exodus begun after Moot, taking the advice of his Feminist friends, decided to ban all discussions about Gamergate and ethics in video games journalism on 4chan. It’s worth noting that the social Justice Warrior he was dating at the time who convinced him to betray the fanbase went on to cheat on him with another man later on (he got cucked).
Alas, the worst thing about Moot isn’t his bad decision making or betrayal of 4chan, in addition to all these things, Moot is also a failed entrepreneur. In an attempt to grow bigger and richer, Moot has tried several times to convert his 4chan user base into other communities and networks. His first attempt was a social web application called “Canvas”. At the time, Moot had managed to raise an amount of $625,000 in funding for the project. A private beta for canvas was launched on January 31st 2011, and on September 6th, 2011, Canvas was opened to the public. The purpose of canvas was to share and remix internet memes and media, particularly images. The site was virally marketed on Reddit, Tech crunch and daily dot who published daily articles about the top rating content on canvas. On its first day and the following months, Canvas had an estimated 77,000 monthly users, with over one million posts made. However, as time went on, due to poor management, unoriginality and wastage of money, the site begun collapsing. Traffic begun going down, users were leaving the site and Canvas was running at a loss due to all the misused funds. In January of 2015, canvas was officially shut down.
Moot’s next project was “Drawquest”, a mobile gaming app that allows users to participate in drawing challenges on their smart phones or tablets. In the game, users would be presented with quests or prompts that often involved a single doodle given to the user that they would have to draw a scene around. While Drawquest was objectively a more feasible business idea than canvas, it met the same end as canvas did. In a blog post on January 2014, Moot himself admitted that both canvas and Drawquest were massive failures as business ventures. “Although we arguably found product/market fit, we couldn’t quite crack the business side of things” he explained. He said similar things on the official blogs of Drawquest and canvas to notify users that the canvas and Drawquest teams will try to keep the service up for a few months, but they wouldn’t be able to provide a system update or keep running the services.
In short, Moot is a liability, to put it bluntly. The only desirable characteristic he possessed was his love of free speech and anonymity, which he later threw out the window the moment things got tough. When the Gamergate Controversy first begun, discussions on the topic was allowed and even encouraged on 4chan. However, after attending the XOXO convention (which was also attended by Anita Sarkeesian as a guest speaker), he came back a changed man. Threads relating to Gamergate were purged instantly and users were getting banned consistently every day. He removed all the moderators that questioned his decision and replaced them with social Justice activists (probably from Tumblr). Moot has no idea what he’s doing and he abandoned his principles in order to gain social Justice points online. 4chan (which was just a rip off of the original 2chan) was a success despite his poor administration, not because of it. He got lucky with 4chan, considering the fact that he didn’t even mean for it to be as big as it is today, or even big at all. It was just an anonymous image board he created for him and his friends to chat online that soon caught on and drew the attention of several lovers of free speech. That was the only time Moot was ever successful in his life, and it wasn’t even on purpose. The only reason Moot still has any credibility or relevance today is because of the respect the 4chan community used to have for him before he sold out, which he has now lost. He’s just an old relic from the past; an Internet meme that refuses to die.
Moot can’t and won’t save Google plus, he can’t even save himself.