What Does 4CHAN Mean?

4CHAN is an "Image-Based Bulletin Board."

4CHAN is a popular image-based bulletin board (imageboard), with a highly dedicated community of users. It was launched in 2003, and claims to have over 22 million monthly visitors. The 4CHAN site hosts boards dedicated to a wide variety of topics, including Video Games, Anime, Television, Film, Comics, Technology, Fitness and Cars (amongst many others). No registration is required (or possible) on 4CHAN, meaning that users can remain completely anonymous.

4CHAN was originally dedicated to posting images and discussions related to anime. However, it has since developed into a significant hub of Internet subculture, including activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right, as well as conspiracy theories, such as QAnon.

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Summary of Key Points

"Image-Based Bulletin Board" is the most common definition for 4CHAN on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about 4CHAN:
Definition:Image-Based Bulletin Board
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of 4CHAN in Sentences

Here's an example of 4CHAN being used in conversation:
  • Kris: What's the best place to post something ludicrous if you want it to go viral?
  • Les: Is it absolutely, totally ludicrous?
  • Kris: Completely.
  • Les: Then it's gotta be 4CHAN.

Using Numbers in Texts

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Example of 4CHAN Used in a Text


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