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On May 30th, 1999, University of Central Arkansas student Hiroyuki Nishimura opened 2Channel or 2ch.net: the first completely anonymous message board of its kind.
Excerpt from Wikipedia on 2Channel:
A posting in a thread will either “age” (bump, from Japanese “ageru”, to raise) or “sage” (not bump, from Japanese “sageru”, to lower) its position in the thread list; “sage-ed” posts have no effect on its position. Threads may be “sage-ed” if the thread is disliked, or to keep it from cluttering the main thread list, or to prevent idle browsers from flooding in and trolling the thread at the top of the list.
Because of the absolute freedom and anonymity the board offered, it quickly grew to become the largest and most influential message board in Japan. According to Alexa.org, 2Channel today is the 153rd most popular site online. For comparison, Google is #1, Digg is #115 while 4chan is #617.
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