Reddit, where have you been all my life?

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.
WTF
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.
yP0gEgg 
AWW
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.
Caption: Shiloh never cuddles. This was the best 20 minutes of Thanksgiving break. 
ymoy9Lc
Cue: “Awwwwww”
TIL
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.
Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.13.39 PM
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.
Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.07.53 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.07.59 PM
Ask Reddit
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.
Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 2.10.11 PM
In conclusion, if you are on Reddit, you know how awesome it is. If you aren’t you should be.
Until next time,
LiviSocial

4 comments

  1. I love this post! I have never been one for Reddit – the user interface gave me pause as well, and I have never tried very hard to figure out how to navigate. But now thanks to your post I do. I think the most interesting sections you wrote about are the Ask Reddit and Ask Me Anything – I’ll be giving those a look. Not that I need to with the time I waste on Buzzfeed.

    Here is something that makes Reddit a bit more visually appealing. A clickable visual of the top 200 links on Reddit. Pretty cool (keep in mind it is uncensored).
    http://visual.ly/200-top-scoring-reddit-posts-all-time?view=true

  2. Great post! I too have wasted my fair share of time on Reddit- it’s easy to get lost there…
    If you haven’t already, you should try out RES (Reddit Enhancement Suite), which is an extension for chrome. It really helps solve some of the site’s UI issues and makes it more customizeable.

  3. Hey Livi, I like Sydney have never used Reddit before, but all of my guy friends at school are always talking about how much time they waste on it — now I know why. I like how you broke down your blog post, because honestly the reason I’ve never gone on it is because it just seemed like a lot of unorganized information. I definitely think that I’ll be able to sift through the information now!

    Do you see Reddit ever changing their interface to make it more readable? I think that Buzzfeed is trafficked more simply because it is easy to read. I wonder if they’ll change anything about the website, or if the diehard Reddit fans will petition for it to stay the same like the Space Jam fans we talked about earlier in the semester.

    Great post!

  4. Like Sydney and Rachel, I have not spent much time on Reddit either, but after your post I explored a bit. I was unaware that they had so many subreddits about pretty much any topic you can think of. I agree with Sydney that the user interface looks like it takes some getting used to. The long stream of branched comments looks pretty overwhelming at first, but like anything, it is probably fine once you get used to it. I have been on Reddit when some really famous people do AMAs and those are really interesting and cool that such big names take the time to answer questions from strangers on the internet. Now that I know there are a lot of subreddits, maybe I will give Reddit a shot; probably not the wisest thing to do with finals coming up though.

%d bloggers like this: