reddit- Brianna Bailey Individual Project

What is reddit?

  • "reddit is a source for what's new and popular on the web.
  • Users like you provide all of the content and decide, through voting, what's good and what's junk.
  • Links that receive community approval bubble up towards #1, so the front page is constantly in motion and (hopefully) filled with fresh, interesting links.“ (reddit FAQ)
  • "It is a type of online community where users vote on content."

What is its history?

  • reddit was founded on June 23, 2005 by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, both University of Virginia graduates.
  • It was originally funded by Y Combinator and was sold in October 2006 to Conde Naste Publications.

The Timeline

Important Events for reddit:

  • reddit is launched- June 23, 2005
  • Commenting system is added- December 12, 2005
  • multilingual reddit-February 26, 2006
  • orangered envelopes (private messaging)- May 6, 2006
  • user subreddits launched- March 12, 2008
  • reddit goes open source- June 17, 2008
  • move to the cloud- November 10, 2009
  • CEO announced (Yishan Wong)- March 8, 2012

reddit timeline

How does it work?

  • "redditors" vote on the stories, discussions, pictures, etc. that are important or cool so that the awesome ones rise to the top of the site while the not so cool ones fall to the bottom.
  • Basically you make a post with a link to something cool you found on the internet and other people can vote on it.
  • Anyone can create a community on reddit. These are called "subreddits". They are independent and moderated by a group of volunteers.
  • Comments can be posted on every story to add information, context, and humor to the post.
  • reddit is open source, so various community members are always tinkering and contributing different features, bug fixes, and translations back to the site.

What are its Strengths and Weaknesses?


  • Open source-it allows members to contribute and edit
  • Much easier and more interactive than reading the news online.
  • Don’t have to waste time on boring things because other people have already voted and said stuff is awesome.


  • Open source-someone could destroy the site if they wanted
  • There are no editors on reddit.
  • The moderators reddit does have are usually volunteers who manage reddit’s millions of users, however these users then wield significant power & authority.
  • It can be very distracting when trying to do work.

What is its Future?

  • The future of reddit is up to the redditors. It will go in whatever direction they lead it, with some help along the way.
  • “reddit’s success has come from giving the crowd freedom to control reddit.” (Source 4)
  • Reddit will probably continue in the direction it has been going in. Reddit admins generally see the only solution for giving users a lot of control on reddit, is to give them more freedom.
  • "Reddit's a living breathing thing. We're the ones who give it food and water and check it for fleas. But it's going to do what it wants to do.“ –Erik Martin, general manager

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