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2channel (Japanese: 2ちゃんねる), abbreviated as “2ch” (2ちゃん), iis a japanese text board made by Hiroyuki Nishimura. Since its launch in 1999, the anonymous message board has grown into one of the largest and most popular online communities in Japan, with approximately 10 million daily visitors as of 2014.

History

On May 30th, 1999, Hiroyuki Nishimura(西村 博之), then a Japanese college student studying at the University of Central Arkansas, created a text-based message board named 2channel as a pet project. According to Nishimura, he created the website in order to find out what would happen if there was a place on the Internet where people could post their opinions anonymously.

Concepts that came from 2channel

Sage, GET and Text Boards.

Memes

Winnie The Pooh's Home Run Derby, Pedobear, and Cat Mario

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