Canvas is an image board site created by Christopher Poole, the mind behind the anarchic image board site 4chan. 4chan is mostly known for its offensive, shocking and debatable content, fuelled by a growing number of anonymous netizens (12 million users and counting). The community has been known to start Internet memes such as ‘lolcats,’ ‘Rickrolling,’ ‘Chocolate Rain’ and much more. Canvas, on the other hand, is much more user-friendly and requires Facebook login to edit, vote and comment on the images. Poole hopes that this addition will discourage bad behavior. Adult content and ‘trolling’ are also banned, which is not the case on 4chan.
Poole designed Canvas to feature the best of image boards and to engage a wider audience. To that end, uploaded images can now be ‘remixed’ by the user much more easily by using a built-in photo editor with ready-to-use stickers. Poole explains:
For the longest time, people felt bad if they spent a lot of time on a computer. But there’s now a richness to online relationships and socialising that didn’t exist before. The market is huge. Tens of millions of people use message boards and forums to hang out, chat, meet people. If we do a good job of offering these community experiences, it could be potentially a lot larger than 4chan ever was.
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