Anonymous beats Reddit to win Time 100 poll

Posted on April 9, 2012


Anonymous has trounced Reddit to take the top spot in the 2012 Time 100 poll, an annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. With Time posed to pick the ‘real’ winner, the Internet has had its say in who is really shaping the world.



With a tally of 395,793 yes votes, the faceless hacktivist organization shot past Erik Martin, general manager of the social news site Reddit. Martin for his part only managed 264,193 yes votes.

Adding to the intrigue, Gawker’s Adrian Chen tipped a dark horse to knock Martin down a notch or two.

Fearing a Martin victory would “further prove that the site is an unstoppable Internet tastemaker,” Chen urged Gawker readers to vote for New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.

Deschanel jumped to 26th place with 20,940 yes votes on the rather modest wave of the anti-Reddit campaign.

But while Deschanel made modest gains, Anonymous surged ahead in the final hours of voting, leading some to accuse the collective of ballot stuffing.


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