Odds are that if you’re reading this blog, you are somewhat internet savvy. If you’re internet savvy then you have probably heard of Reddit. Hopefully you’re even a redditor which would be cool!
Here is a link to Reddit. I’m so caring and considerate aren’t I?
It may look slightly overwhelming and kind of basic but let me explain…
Reddit is driven by its user community. People create an account and post links to other websites and a variety of things that are internet related. No one will have the same Reddit page because they are a whole load of sub reddits (categories if you want a better explanation) so what comes up on the home page depends on your subscriptions.
Are you with me so far?
Good, let’s carry on.
To the left is an arrow pointing up, and an arrow pointing down. These are up votes and down votes. The user community decides what they like and then the link moves up and can make it to the front page where it’s easier for everyone to see. It can be considered to be a link aggregator.
This shouldn’t be a difficult concept to understand but I’ve explained and demonstrated to my friends and it still confuses them. The best way to understand Reddit is just to go for it. Be careful with commenting though and take your time to observe how things are done. Internet communities can be pretty harsh sometimes (just look at 4Chan… actually no, don’t. I don’t want to be blamed for anything).
Surely you’ve heard of memes right? A lot of them originate from Reddit. It’s not just a silly place as there are also things for politics and world news. There is also a huge atheist following on Reddit and the politics are quite liberal, or at least they give the Republicans a hard time. Reddit is a fun place and you can spend hours on there finding stuff. So make sure you don’t have any important commitments.
Last warning: if you do partake in the shenanigans and comment, use correct grammar.
I’ll provide a list to some interesting things I’ve found.
NB: There are also self posts where people discuss stuff, kind of like a forum. It will all make sense eventually.
That’s a very small selection of things I’ve found on Reddit. I’ll leave the rest up to. Happy hunting!