What is Reddit….Really?

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Reddit is an online bulletin board and users can vote individual post up or down to organize post on relevance. It was founded by University of Virginia roommates Steve Huffman & Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto were among the investors who saw their investment in the company valued at $50 million.  Although the company has a very basic site. Some may describe it as ‘ugly’. The reddit community says the basic texty look of the site adds to its appeal.

Reddit has a very large and diverse user base so the content has a wide range of ‘subreddits’ or topics. Although the user base is large majority of the user are young males. A downside to reddit is the kind of hive mind set showing negative signs of group psychology. Some pages can be very graphic in the comments made.

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The usefulness of Reddit is access to credible first hand reports. These reddit reports can lead journalist to stories. Visit the site & browse to see what users are talking about and find inspiration for a story.

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Be engaging as a user, follow redditquette & use the 10% rule. The 10% rule on reddit refers to posting no more than 10% of your own news organization’s news in a day.