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Secretly Check Out Your Reddit-Using Friends with Reddit Investigator

Joshua Lockhart 10-01-2012

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Once again, we have another unusual way to use Reddit, and this time, it comes in the easy-to-digest form of the Reddit Investigator, a covert web app for all you Internet snoops out there. So grab your binoculars and your notepad (and maybe a first aid kit), for today, we’re jumping into the Reddit Investigator.

Get To Know Someone (Better)

I’ve seen several instances on Reddit in which people say that they have met other users of the site, and although the chance of meeting someone is probably better than I think, it at least seems rare. This almost makes the online world “real”, and it’s at that moment when you go to these sites that you realize you are dealing with actual people. With that being said, since we’re in the social networking era, I believe it can be safely assumed that everyone still stalks their friends online on at least some level – don’t deny it.

reddit friends page

The issue here is that Reddit isn’t so of much a social networking site as it is a link aggregator with many users. However, at the same time, it builds up quite a bit of discussion and sometimes even friendships. So there certainly is a social element, and for those lucky few whose friends are also Redditors, it can be assumed that social element is kicked up a few notches.

But let’s say that you just met someone and found out they are a Redditor….well, in this hypothetical–not–likely-gonna–happen situation, Reddit Investigator is a great way to creep up on them.


Discover Their Interests

It’s fairly simple to figure out someone’s interests with Reddit Investigator. Simply plug in their username on the front page of the site, and the web app will lurk the corridors of Reddit, peeking into every hall and scouring each electronic scroll in which the searchee has written their thoughts upon. It’s interesting that it’s able to do this, and although I’ve harped about privacy before 5 Things You Need to Stop Posting on Facebook We've discussed things that annoy Dave on Twitter, and we've even talked about how you may have compromised your security on the Internet. However, it seems as if Facebook brings both of those topics together.... Read More , you have to understand that this is Reddit – it’s a rare instance if anyone knows who you really are.

reddit friends

Basically, on the left side of your Reddit Investigator results, you will see every single subreddit that the user has commented in since the beginning of time itself (except not really). Furthermore, you’ll be privileged to find every single subreddit that they have submitted items to, as well.

Check Out Their Stats & Data

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  • Most Active Hours Timeline.
  • Link Karma Timeline And Data.
  • Comment Karma Timeline And Data.
  • Activity Timeline.
  • User Data.
  • Word Data.
  • Fun Guessed Data (stuff like location, political stance, reputation).

For those of you that noticed the timeline that covers the Redditor’s most active hours, I can only hope that your boss doesn’t know your username. At least you could probably figure out how to best manage your time with this web app. Always a silver lining, right?

reddit friends page

For more help with the “Karma” you keep seeing referenced, check out our guide to what Reddit Karma is and how to earn it What Is Reddit Karma and How Do You Earn It? Reddit Karma isn't quite the same as real-life karma. Here's everything you need to know about what is Reddit Karma. Read More .


That’s pretty much all there is to it, ladies and gentlemen. Honestly, there isn’t any tool quite like a functional tool, and that’s what we have here. You really can’t beat that. Granted, I don’t know how legal your intentions are for Reddit Investigator, but in the meantime, I’ll play dumb.


What other tools for Reddit do you use besides Reddit Investigator? We recommend the following apps and extensions for Reddit 5 Awesome Reddit Apps and Extensions You Aren't Using Reddit is the internet's unofficial discussion forum. So use these apps and extensions for a better Reddit experience. Read More . And you can also check out our guide that explains what Reddit Premium is and how it works What Is Reddit Premium and How Does It Work? Reddit offers a membership tier called Reddit Premium. What is Reddit Premium and how is it different from Reddit Gold? Read More .

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  1. John Smith
    December 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Heh, Reddit Investigator is an interesting tool :) I recently wrote an article about few different ways to search people and their submissions, check it out here if you're interested !


  2. Joshua Clarke
    January 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Is this even legal? :D

    • J. Lockhart
      January 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Baha. Well, of course. You can access this data regardless, but it is just scattered across Reddit. All this does is cram it into one nice little package.