As you scrolled through memes in your favorite group, you probably stumbled across discussions of resources you didn’t know. One of them was probably Reddit. It’s a website divided into many communities (subreddits) where everyone can create their community on almost any topic from cats riding robot vacuum cleaners to communities where you can ask professors, scientists, or historians directly about something.
Reddit is something similar to the familiar social network, but this isn’t quite true. This resource has enormous popularity among Internet users. However, not everyone knows enough about it to understand why it’s worth reading. A huge benefit of the service is the absence of any particular topic. Well, let’s take a closer look at what is Reddit, how to read it, and why it’s worth reading.
How does Reddit work?
Reddit relies on users who post links to interesting pictures, videos, or articles on the internet. These posts diverge into numerous subsections, or subreddits, devoted to different topics. Despite its fairly transparent structure, Reddit isn’t a simple device, mainly because of the unimaginable number and variety of subreddits. Subreddits are created and moderated by regular users, and each one has its own rules, which, however, don’t contradict the general rules of Reddit and common sense.
Another important issue that’s best addressed from the start is registration. On Reddit it’s suspiciously simple – you don’t even need to enter an e-mail address to confirm your address – and unnecessary: you can read all the subreddits and posts all the subreddits you can read without it. Nevertheless, it makes sense to spend a few seconds on it: once registered and logged in on Reddit, you can form your home page by subscribing to the most interesting threads, and start writing comments or leaving posts yourself.
It didn’t take long for this resource to grow from a “news social network” to a full-fledged platform for conversation. It incorporates the best of forums, social networking sites, and traditional social networks. You can still share links to interesting content, but you can also have fun with like-minded people.
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How to use Reddit
Reddit has the simplest possible structure. The entire resource is divided into small groups that share a common interest or idea. These groups are called subreddits. Each user is free to choose the subreddits he or she is interested in, as well as if a user plans to participate in the discussion of this content.
The principle of using Reddit with its rules is very similar to that of YouTube: that is, you subscribe to a channel (in this case, a subreddit) and only watch content from the channel. So to start using Reddit, you need to find the subreddits you’re interested in. And with this, there are difficulties of their own.
Reddit has piled up so much content that, in fact, at first glance, it seems like a simple “content dump”. Reddit’s internal search engine is rather “lame”, so it can be difficult to find necessary content. In any case, you can always delete your Reddit account.
Therefore, many experienced users of this resource know that the best way to search for the desired content on Reddit is to use an ordinary search engine such as Google, which is very quick to index the content of this resource. With other search engines, there are some difficulties – they are not as fast in indexing the content of the website.
Why is it worth reading Reddit?
First of all, this resource has been around for 15 years. And although it looks like just another forum that is supposed to be unpopular, people still spend many hours on it. Huge freedom, a variety of topics, and a large number of like-minded people keep Reddit in the lead.
And secondly, the service is associated as the most honest. It provides the necessary level of anonymity, which allows users to share their most frank thoughts and emotions. On the website, you can make any number of accounts, and no one cares who you are.
And the incomparable plus of the service is that many interesting celebrities communicate with ordinary people in their subreddits. For example, Barack Obama and Bill Gates have their section. So if you want to be on top of all the news on the Internet, as well as to generate trends yourself, you simply must register on Reddit.
What is Subreddit?
Every new user is automatically subscribed to the most popular subreddits. The topics of most of them are obvious (funny, pics, world news, politics, gaming), some refer to things dear to the geek’s heart, be it science or video games, and some refer to internal Reddit culture (take the circlejerk subreddit, created mainly to make fun of other subreddits). Each section has tabs that sort posts by rating or time of publication: hot, new, rising, controversial, top, saved, and wiki.
However, trying to systematize the subreddits is a hopeless task, since there are so many of them and they are all very different. There are two ways to find your way through them.
The first – arrange a search for all their interests, even the most abstract (for the query “cakes in the form of a book” the system offers a clever example of subreddits on diet and sports). The second isn’t to yawn and subscribe to all the interesting threads you manage to find on the main page, in the comments to the posts, anywhere – it’s not a minute, but worth it.
Subreddits with a non-obvious theme that are hard to find if you don’t know what to look for deserve special attention. For example, /r/upliftingnews (news that causes an acute lift in spirit), /r/onejob (examples of people failing at their direct duties), and /r/wheredidthesodago (gif clippings from silly ads).
Useful subreddits include /r/learnuselesstalents – detailed instructions on how to master some amazing skill (“how to open a beer bottle with a piece of paper”) and /r/whatisthisthing – strange phenomena to which the collective mind of Reddit tries to find explanations.
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How does registration on Reddit work?
If you feel like Reddit is your place, then go to the registration page, and come up with your nickname, password, and email. Reddit doesn’t limit you to the number of accounts – you can come up with multiple usernames and log in to accounts depending on your mood.
Once you sign up, Reddit will tell you how to search for popular communities that you might like. If you already know which subreddits you want to subscribe to, enter their name in the search box above.
Once you subscribe to interesting subreddits, you’ll see posts from them on your home page. The navigation bar will show you a list of all your subscriptions and make it easier for you to navigate the website. You can also group similar subreddits into multireddits – for example, combine /r/nba, /r/nbadiscussion, and team-related subreddits into a Basketball multireddit.