Back in 2005, Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian drove up to Harvard to see Paul Graham give a speech on “How to Start a Start-Up”. Inspired by him, they were able to sit down with Graham and lay out their idea for what would eventually become reddit. With the seed money from Graham’s company, Y Combinator, the two young entrepreneurs set out to fill a void that RSS feeds only attempted to cover.
Anonymity is a big draw for the website, while also a hurdle (more on that later in presentation). Also, it is relatively independent of other social media sites, but works with other sponsors for special offers through Reddit Gold.
Reddit gold – offers special features (points out new comments in thread, notifications when username is tagged, turn off ads, and special offers from sponsors – UPS, several online clothing retailers, cookies, Reddit Gifts)
Troll – someone who posts offensive material to get downvotedLurker – someone who views a post without commenting or voting
Guide through how to sign up for own reddit
Other fun reddits include r/vinyls, r/nosleep, and r/explainlikeim5
Offensive subreddits include r/jailbait, r/gore, r/theredpill, and r/creepshots. Although, in good news, a Georgia teacher was fired last year after he posted a “creepshot” of one of his students on the subreddit. Other redditors (including one who knew the girl) reported him to the school and local authorities.
Reddit - A Quick Overview
“The Front Page of the Internet”
History of reddit
O Founded in June 2005 by Steve Huffman and
O Bought out by Conde Nast Publications in
O Currently runs out of San Francisco
O Created to discover new articles and websites
O Intended for users who want their news all in
one place and for those who want to
share/explore their interests
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Getting to Know
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Karma and Votes
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Your Personalized Home Page
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Examples of Subreddits
O Movie Suggestions
O I Am A
O Game of Thrones
O Classic Rage
O Magic Sky Fairy
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Group." ABC News. ABC News Network, 17 Sept. 2013.
Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
O Jauregui, Andres. "Georgia Teacher Fired After Allegedly
Posting 'CreepShots' Photo Of Student To Reddit (VIDEO)."
The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 Sept.
2012. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
O Jbeck. "Glossary of Reddit Terms and Abbreviations."
Www.moreadvertising.com. And FurtherMORE, 7 Dec.
2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
O The Verge. "Futurama, Reddit, Homeland, and This
American Life." YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2013. Web. 23
O Warner, Andrew. "Learn From Proven Entrepreneurs."
Mixergy. Mixergy, 4 June 2009. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
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