Hacking the Time.com top 100 poll - Time still accepts it
The Time.com 100 Poll is voted by millions on who are the world’s most influential people in government, science, technology and the arts.
Yet looking close you can see a message embedded in the results of this poll. In the first letters of each of the top 21 leading names in the poll we
find the message “marblecake, also the game”.
The poll announces (perhaps subtly) to the world, that the most influential are not the Obamas, Britneys or the Rick Warrens of the world, the most
influential are an extremely advanced intelligence: the hackers.
Despite this article on the net about how the Time.com top 100 poll was hacked, Time has still taken the poll as legitimate and and announced Moot as
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.
The 21-year-old college student and founder of the online community 4chan.org, whose real name is Christopher Poole, received 16,794,368 votes and an
average influence rating of 90 (out of a possible 100) to handily beat the likes of Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Oprah Winfrey.
To put the magnitude of the upset in perspective, it's worth noting that everyone Moot beat out actually has a job.
Undoubtedly, many people will question Moot's worthiness of the title world's most influential person. TIME.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel says
that Moot is no less deserving than previous title-holders Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto (2007) and Korean pop star Rain (2006).
"I would remind anyone who doubts the results that this is an Internet poll. Doubting the results is kind of the point."