Most of you will have heard of Reddit. In fact, most people on the Internet daily will regularly see articles and topics made popular by Reddit either directly or indirectly. Sometimes Reddit debates will even find their way into mainstream news. However you view Reddit, there’s no denying its popularity and influence on Internet culture. It’s definitely worthy of a little attention.
Now, if you’re already a Reddit regular you might be wondering if perhaps intervention is more appropriate than reading more about cool things happening on Reddit. I hear you! But it can’t be stopped. There are some great things going on at Reddit and they need to be shared.
Oh, whoops! Looks like you all went there at once.
1. Best Of Reddit
On a daily basis, you’ll see the best posts of Reddit on the front page. But that’s not where it stops. Every year, Reddit staff ask for submissions for the best of Reddit. This is where you’ll catch up on all the very best Reddit brought us during the year, including all the memes, innovations, novelty accounts, communities, feel-good stories and hilarious posts. Frankly, if you’re not forever alone and attached to your computer, you probably did miss a few of these.
There are thousands of Subreddits on Reddit. These have their own sub-communities within Reddit and foster a great variety of opinions and voices. Most people find the Subreddits a little difficult to get into, since Reddit is basically a maze of links and you may never find what you’re really looking for. But, there’s one Redditor who thought they’d make things easier for us all. Whilst avoiding fetishes, bands, political parties and marijuana Subreddits, they created a list of over 800 Subreddits in a Google Document for us to enjoy. This incredible list will have you browsing your favourite topics in no time.
While you’re looking around, take the time to notice that some Subreddits have customised their style to suit their topic. Check out:
3. Reddit Memes
If you haven’t quite caught onto Reddit’s basic history and memes, there’s a great run-down on Encyclopedia Dramatica. It helps to explain some of what you see on Reddit. Keep in mind that a lot of the memes originated on 4Chan, too.
Check out Reddits home-grown 100 pushups meme. All it took was a rant about pushups and a few comments about McDonalds to get started “” then the thread just continues with the same pattern and different topics… Forever. Seriously, this thread started over two years ago and I don’t think it’s over yet. Keep clicking “Continue Thread” and you’ll see what I mean.
4. Incredible Generosity & Gift Exchanges
You may not believe it after viewing some of the comments, but a lot of Redditors are extremely kind and will help each other out of a fix if possible. Reddit has seen everything from ideas to help solve depression to suicide watch, organising a toy drive, getting someone a job or bailing them out of jail. These save lives!
There’s also many fantastic stories of spontaneous generosity offered on Reddit daily. One of the most memorable stories is Today you… Tomorrow Me which spawned its own pay-it-forward mentality Subreddit.
There’s also plenty of people trusting their fellow Redditors and joining in gift exchanges:
5. Innovation & Random Cool Stuff
Great things come out of Reddit and there’s no way I could possibly explain it all to you. However, I can point you in the direction of some of the best random things about Reddit:
- Reddit Tips
- McGrim founded Imgur because Redditors complained there wasn’t a decent image hosting site out there.
- Disturbingly sexy comment about a guy who thinks his sister is hot
- One Minute Ninja Editing (With cool demo post)
- Reddit College Cookbook [PDF]
- Reddit Markdown Primer
- IAmA – 4 Years Old Today (A follow on from the same thing at 3 Years Old)
- Radio Reddit
- University Of Reddit
- Reddit Gaming
- Steam Game Sales
- Reddit Jobs
- Reddit Pics
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As you can see, the world of Reddit is quite varied and interesting. There’s a real community building there and attempting to make good things happen in this world.
Do you use Reddit? If not, why not? If so, what are some of your favourite pages?
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