When deciding what to write about in this extra blog post (down with Hootsuite! Tweetdeck for life!) I floundered around, desperately in need of a topic.
As I was procrastinating writing this I logged on to Reddit, as I often do. Now I have a topic.
To be honest, I am in no way a long time Reddit user. The producer at my internship always talked about the treasure trove of cool stuff on there, but I never understood exactly how it worked. When I first saw the simple interface and “clutter” on the home page I gagged. But producer Matt was determined to help me understand the wonderland I now know as Reddit.
For those of you who are as ignorant as I was mere months ago when it comes to this topic, I’ll explain it to you as Matt explained it to me. As I recall, he loosely said:
Reddit is like Tumblr, in the sense that people post links to cool things they find. It is set up with a list, where the top voted link is at the top, and then the second top voted is second etc. The links are posted under various subreddits or categories to organize everything, like WTF, Funny, AMA (Ask Me Anything), and Aww. You can earn karma points when you post a link that becomes popular, but you can’t redeem this for anything. People just do it for the thrill of it.”
If you thought you procrastinate on Buzzfeed, wait until get on Reddit. It’s like a trap, you’ll never want to leave, and it feels GREAT! In an attempt to intrigue you, I will highlight the parts of the site that I spend the most time looking through.
My guilty pleasure of the internet. This thread contains everything that would make you say “What the….(you know the rest)” This can include weird racist stuff found across the world, weird injuries, giant bugs, and just plain strange stuff. As I’m describing it now it sounds bad, but you’ll just have to check it out. Or take my word for it. Some stuff may be kind of gross or NSFW, but posters are generally very good about tagging those things so you don’t see anything you don’t want to, for the most part.
It was tough for me to choose one picture to personify this section but here is my best attempt.
Caption: I think I finally found something worse than texting and driving.
Like pictures of babies, baby animals, and other cute stuff that makes you go awww? This is your subreddit. Here is my favorite pic from today.
This thread’s name is short for today I learned. Did you know that Lego men have holes in their heads so that if a child sticks one up their nose or swallows one they will still be able to breathe? Neither did I until I read it one here. Brilliant.
IAMA (Ask Me Anything)
Are you a celebrity or someone cool? You would post in this subreddit to invite people to ask you anything about anything. Or more specifically about your position in life. For example my favorite one I saw was “I am one of the midget bears that danced in Miley Cyrus’s AMA performance. Ask me anything.” You can imagine the questions. You can also imagine the responses. It was gold.
A question is posed and everyone answers. It sounds boring but actually it is one of my favorite parts of Reddit. I’ve started playing a game with my boyfriend called “the Olivia game” which basically consists of me asking him these questions and having him answer. If you ever need cool questions for a team bonding/family game night situation, this would be the place to look.
In conclusion, if you are on Reddit, you know how awesome it is. If you aren’t you should be.
Until next time,