Redditing 101

OVERVIEW

Reddit is a social news and entertainment website where users submit content in the form of either a link or a text (“self”) post. Other users then up-vote or down-vote the submission, which is used to rank the post and determine its position on the site’s pages and front page.

IMPACT

At the end of 2012, Reddit had more than 37 billion page views and 400 million unique visitors. Even people who don’t check the sit regularly -or at all- are impacted by the “Reddit Effect” because the mainstream blog media undeniably dependent on Reddit.

For example, on the Reddit homepage in the early afternoon a post titled “So yesterday in Bostom my friend got photobombed by Kevin Spacey out jogging” appeared . Sure enough, at 10:37 that night, BuzzFeed’s Whitney Jefferson posted it with the headline “Kevin Spacey’s Awesome Photobomb” “earning” herself 64,169 page views. The next morning at 9:25, Gawker’s Neetzan Zimmerman posted it with the headline “Kevin Spacey Shouts ‘Photobomb’ Before Jogging Into Woman’s Picture” (130,608 page views and counting).

I believe  Simon Dumenco of AdAge sums it up perfectly: “Reddit’s longtime tagline is “The front page of the internet,” but it could just as easily be “The crib sheet for weary bloggers who need to hit page-view quotas.”

BASIC LINGO

OP: Original Poster, commonly used on online forums

Lurker: No account, does not engage, instead simply lurks away

Redditor: Opposite of a lurker. Redditors are engaged in the Reddit community by submitting original content, up or down voting submissions and/or interacting on comment threads.

Karma: Fake internet points, think of it as the Whose line is it Anyway of the Internet; where the post titles are made up and the points don’t matter.

SITE LAYOUT

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THE RULES

Be sure you read the rules in the right-handed column on any sub-Reddit before you hit submit. 

OP this is not Nam

 

SUB-REDDIT BREAKDOWN:

A few basic sub-Reddits that are perfect for new Redditors.

/r/reactiongifs – Awesome, often funny gifs. For other gif oriented fun I recommend also checking out: 99problemsbutapitchaintone.tumblr.com and whatshouldwecallme.tumblr.com

/r/funny – Random assortment of funny images, comments and conversations. There can be lots of inside jokes so just stick with the community and you will be caught up soon.

/r/pics – Pictures of every shape and size, typically beautiful

/r/TodayILearned, /r/mildlyinteresting – Shared fun facts about common things with a unique twist, or simply fun facts.

/r/IAmA – Opportunity for Redditors to put themselves out there to discuss things that play a central role in your life or a truly interesting and unique event. How it works: Redditors can post questions in the comment section and the OP (Original Poster) will answer them. Notable IAmA contributors include Barack Obama, Panos Panay/Microsoft Surface GM and for diversity in this collection, Benjaman Kyle/Amnesiac who woke up with no memories in 2004, Nobody knows who I am.

/r/AdviceAnimals – Lots and lots o’ memes. A ton of them are inside jokes people develop after being on the site for a while. So stick with it and you will become part of the community (if you want)

/r/worldnews, /r/news, /r/technology, /r/technewsdaily – Top Stories of the day in their respective topics. Some of these are better than others and some days are more active than others.

/r/politics, /r/Gaming, /r/Atheism, /r/Science, /r/Music, /r/Movies – Basically what they sound like, community of people posting articles, links and discussions about these topics.

TIPS

While at work, I advise that you don’t click on links labeled:

  • NSFW = Not Safe For Work
  • NSFL = Not Safe For Life
  • “Caution Gore”
  • /r/wtf = can be hit or miss, but I recommend just avoiding it between 8:30am-5:30pm

ACCREDITATION

knightofnew

I am a Knight of New and created Front Page-worthy content.

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Feel free to post any questions regarding Reddit in the comment thread below and I will happily help.

Q: When will I know that I am a Redditor?

A: When you narrate your life in Fry memes, you know when narwhal’s bacon and you daily ponder what is in the damn safe.

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