Reddit – “I read it on reddit”

Reddit, which rather arrogantly names itself “The front page of the internet”, is an online community that is visited by over 542 million people each month. OK, maybe they’re justified with that claim.

Founded in 2005, the site is an “entertainment, social news networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content”. These users submit text posts or direct links, which essentially makes the website an online bulletin-board.

Within reddit itself, is a whole world of ‘subreddits’ that cover almost any topic imaginable, from entertainment to gaming and even threads purely centred around memes. Now in 2015, there are over 5,400 active subreddits to peruse, with a default set of 50 subreddits as well.

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Because the community is so large, users can find help or guidance over almost any topic imaginable. For example, if you’re struggling to find healthy meals to eat, just head over to https://www.reddit.com/r/fitmeals for some ideas. Or if like me, you always find yourself forgetting something really important, like the name of a song you heard 7 hours ago, go to https://www.reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue, and the community will help you out by tracking that tune down and sending it to you.

Of course, there are some strange subreddits to avoid, and I won’t list them here, so if you’re feeling brave, check them out yourself. But as a whole, reddit may be one of the most useful communities on the Internet today, as it is so vast in content.

Here’s a link to the self-proclaimed ‘front page of the Internet’: https://www.reddit.com/  

 

 

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1 Comment

  1. Reddit! This is a great example of an online community. I really love using it as you don’t have to be a member to be able to read sections, nor do you have to know the people you are communicating with. I realise this could lead to dangerous activity, but I’ve personally never come across that on this site – it’s more like a hub. I started using this website when my friend from overseas sent me the link to the Harry Potter fan page (we are both crazy fans). Basically, up until that point, I wasn’t part of a community where I could find the answers to many of my questions about the books. I really love using Reddit in my spare time (such a break from Facebook and Twitter may I add!) and it is a great community.

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