4chan founder introduces Canvas

Christopher Poole, founder of the popular imageboard 4chan, has unveiled his latest project for the first time. Canvas, an image sharing website, is currently in a limited beta for now, and invites are slowly being released to those who signed up beforehand. The Canvas team, however, are quick to stress that today's release is "just a kernel of our long-term vision for the site." 

Having secured $625,000 worth of funding from some of the world's top investors, Canvas represents Poole's vision of "a re-imagination of the online community - a look at what forums might be if they were invented today." 4chan currently receives around 8 million unique visitors per month, and with such widespread success communities are keen to see how Poole hopes to improve on the current format. Poole, however, doesn't want Canvas to be seen as 4chan's successor. Speaking to Mashable, Poole clarified: "[Canvas] is not meant to be 4chan 2.0, but it is in a similar space…it’s a more mainstream photo site"

Canvas, like 4chan, is anonymous, but users must create an account to get started. The site is based around "remixing" images, where a user initially posts an image and lets other users modify the original (there's a built-in Remix Editor) or add stickers to it. Stickers, similar to tags, help to define content by giving the user a predefined set of descriptions (such as "LOL") that they can "stick" onto images. Stickers should prove to be invaluable in the future, as unlike 4chan content is archived. While Canvas is limited to images for the time being, Poole is planning to add more creative formats, such as audio and video.

As the site is only open to a lucky few for now, the team have pointed out that you can still keep up with the project's development on their Twitter. Canvas plan to allow members to invite their friends eventually, so those without an invite may not have to sit in the dark for too long on what could become the next big thing.

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Dont log on to facebook with this, if you do it wants all this from you

Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone.

That website wants EVERYTHING. Sorry but screw that.

The Laughing Man said,
Dont log on to facebook with this, if you do it wants all this from you

Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone.

That website wants EVERYTHING. Sorry but screw that.


yet many of the 4chan/anonymous herd will blindly follow their 'leaders' and share all their personal info when requested
requesting all that facebook information just helps governments track anonymous better so G_G

Shadowzz said,

yet many of the 4chan/anonymous herd will blindly follow their 'leaders' and share all their personal info when requested
requesting all that facebook information just helps governments track anonymous better so G_G

I wonder tho if they have done that to keep it clean per say and it not be used in the way 4chan is.
Knowning you have to connect to FB which has personal details, Said 4chan nuts will stay on 4chan?

Gothic_Rebel said,

I wonder tho if they have done that to keep it clean per say and it not be used in the way 4chan is.
Knowning you have to connect to FB which has personal details, Said 4chan nuts will stay on 4chan?

Gothic_Rebel said,

I wonder tho if they have done that to keep it clean per say and it not be used in the way 4chan is.
Knowning you have to connect to FB which has personal details, Said 4chan nuts will stay on 4chan?

Let's hope so. I haven't been on 4chan in a long time because of all the crap associated with it. Sounds like Canvas is more like SomethingAwful, of which I approve.

Isnt this fairly similar to 4chan already, since just about all they do there is post images? Unless I am missing something here... (I dont check out 4chan ever)

este said,
Isnt this fairly similar to 4chan already, since just about all they do there is post images? Unless I am missing something here... (I dont check out 4chan ever)
Yes but there is a reason you and a lot of people don't look at 4chan.
Mainly so as not to be mentaly scared by the sight of some content.
This is going to be a more mainstream...and mabe more controlled site, so no /b/ and 18+ sections.

este said,
Isnt this fairly similar to 4chan already, since just about all they do there is post images? Unless I am missing something here... (I dont check out 4chan ever)

I agree. I personally dont get, nor see the point in a image board which has a lot of /b/ and +18
philcruicks said,
Yes but there is a reason you and a lot of people don't look at 4chan.
Mainly so as not to be mentaly scared by the sight of some content.)

I'm 28 I dont use 4chan. But none of the content on there will mentaly scare me.
If you want mentally scaring content, the videos passed around years ago of the armed forces having their throats cut will.
Not crap on 4chan such as 2 girls 1 cup.

Gothic_Rebel said,

I'm 28 I dont use 4chan. But none of the content on there will mentaly scare me.
If you want mentally scaring content, the videos passed around years ago of the armed forces having their throats cut will.
Not crap on 4chan such as 2 girls 1 cup.

Yea me too. I just dont care to see some of the threads that are started there. Obviously I've checked it out before but its nothing that interests me. I guess sometimes the stuff is funny but, I guess I just dont care.

Gothic_Rebel said,

I agree. I personally dont get, nor see the point in a image board which has a lot of /b/ and +18
I'm 28 I dont use 4chan. But none of the content on there will mentaly scare me.
If you want mentally scaring content, the videos passed around years ago of the armed forces having their throats cut will.
Not crap on 4chan such as 2 girls 1 cup.


if your 28, you must remember the old fashion rotten.com
i yet have to find ANYTHING on 4chan to mentally scar me. but there are things i saw on rotten.com, where the image in my mind will NEVER go away.

Shadowzz said,

if your 28, you must remember the old fashion rotten.com
i yet have to find ANYTHING on 4chan to mentally scar me. but there are things i saw on rotten.com, where the image in my mind will NEVER go away.

OMG...Rotten.com ohh the memories of accessing it at school in break time. Hahaha
Shadowzz said,
but there are things i saw on rotten.com, where the image in my mind will NEVER go away.

I couldn't agree more.
I do laugh tho at how people who use 4chan make it out to be this big bad web site that only the elite hard core people use. For Example....
philcruicks said,
Yes but there is a reason you and a lot of people don't look at 4chan.
Mainly so as not to be mentaly scared by the sight of some content.)


Gothic_Rebel said,
I do laugh tho at how people who use 4chan make it out to be this big bad web site that only the elite hard core people use. For Example....

I've been on 4chan about 4 times in my life...It just has this stigma around it that mean a lot of people don't go on it.

Gothic_Rebel said,

If you want mentally scaring content, the videos passed around years ago of the armed forces having their throats cut will.

Not only has stuff like that been posted on 4chan. Someone actually went to the effort of converting the videos to gif format.

Oh My Lord, this is the worst possible news ever. 4chan releasing a image sharing website, this is just going to turn into a massive grot sharing service.

Lilrich said,
Oh My Lord, this is the worst possible news ever. 4chan releasing a image sharing website, this is just going to turn into a massive grot sharing service.

Reggie Perrin made money from grot :-)

I went to the site to request an invite but you have to request it via Facebook Connect. The last thing I want to do is give the founder of /b/ access to my Facebook data!

4image... imagechan..... nope, can't think of anything funny to say about this

I guess the having to register but being "anoynmous" thing is there to try and put off people who would abuse it, and lets face it there are many

I wouldn't be a surprised if this becomes a hit. It has the potential to become the #1 repository of image-based Internet memes.

Anaron said,
I wouldn't be a surprised if this becomes a hit. It has the potential to become the #1 repository of image-based Internet memes.

I always look up memes on knowyourmeme.com.