I love the Internet. I really do. One of the biggest issues for me has been mixing my love of learning with my love of entertainment. Mindless entertainment with surprises. Like Arsenio Hall used to say, “things that make you go hmmm”…
My favourite site by far is Reddit.com. By far. Many people I talk to have never heard of it, so I thought I would share it with you…
What is Reddit? It is a user submitted site that merges the best of forums, surfing, news, images, and advice.
I won’t go into the full description of how it works, but essentially you can either surf the site anonymously, or create a user account. One of the best features of Reddit, is the ‘throwaway account’. You are able to create accounts in a matter of minutes(or seconds) without giving out an email address. That way, if someone is sharing sensitive information, asking advice, or sharing personal information, it is a throwaway account. This allows users to communicate, ask questions, and give advice without worrying too much about being identified.
When people feel like they can be anonymous, they tend to be more open and honest with their replies, and can ask those questions that they’ve always wanted to ask but were afraid too.
The site has a main page with various links. At the top of the page are the various Subreddits. These are where you go to discuss or read about different topics. My favourites:
- Askreddit(Where people go to ask for advice or need an answer)
- TodayILearned(Where redditors share some obscure thing they have learned today)
- FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU(Rage comics galore!)
- WTF(Just what it sounds…)
- IAMA(where someone is a particular interesting person you can ask any question of)
There are hundreds of subreddits about essentially anything under the sun! If you don’t find what you are looking for, just create a subreddit yourself!
As stories and posts get added, the users vote up or down the links and comments. As the post gets more popular it can make the front page. As you submit more content or post, you can get more Karma points. Karma’s good, and people tend to value the content and comments by redditors with the highest karma.
Anyhow, that’s all for now. Go check out Reddit. It is a great site!
I’d be curious if any of my visitors are Redditors?