As I've been exploring social media in the last 1 1/2 months, I've engaged in several conversations with people about why they chose the medium they use. Mostly it comes down to where your friends and colleagues are. One friend said that in his social circle, nobody uses Facebook to communicate, but they are constantly commenting on each other's Instagram photos. I checked out his account and sure enough, every picture has upwards of 20 likes and 5+ comments. I'm usually pretty thrilled when I get one like.
friend told me he is addicted to Reddit (I think he even had a name for
that?). I've gone to Reddit before, but I have a very short limit when
it comes to clunky, visually unappealing sites. This one takes the
cake. There's text everywhere, and it looks like it should be hosted on
Geocities circa 1998.
I never could get past that, and never thought to ask what was so great about it.
Well at least, not until my "Learn Social Media" NY Resolution, when I asked my friend to explain his interest in it.
turns out Reddit is driven by the up and down arrows on the left of
each post. As users read posts, they "upvote" or "downvote" the post to
move it higher or lower on the feed. So naturally, the best content
rises to the top. It's very democratic, and actually pretty ingenious.
And is probably the fastest way that viral content travels online
In a world governed by Reddit, any post has a fair chance
at happiness. With the right content, it can rise from obscurity and
climb to the top of the social media ladder. It is in touch with its
voters, and gets where it's going because it deserves it, not because
it's backed by money or status. </cheesymetaphor>.
if our Facebook news feeds worked that way. I know they try to put Top
Stories higher on the feed, but we all know that Facebook drops posts
from our feed and isn't that reliable. But if I could just read the
first 5 posts on my feed, and they've already been weighted based on my
friends' opinions of them, then I could get a lot more relevant
information a lot faster. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Facebook
isn't into negative reinforcement, and I can't see them allowing people
to downgrade posts to less importance. Because every post everyone
makes on Facebook is important, right? People have been asking for a
Dislike button for years now. But they are training us to feel "Liked"
and important. If I post something and it doesn't get any likes, my
first thought is that people must not have read it, not that people
disliked it. Facebook is giving us Pavlovian rewards in hopes that it
will stroke our ego and make us crave that acceptance. If I started
logging into Facebook and seeing Dislikes, I might not want to log in
So here's my problem with Reddit still. The interface is
ugly. Like fugly-ugly. It's really taking work for me to ignore it
and get straight to the source. I also don't like clicking on every
single link to read something. That extra 5 seconds of load time always
makes me question if I am wasting my time. I wish there was an
"expanded" view where you could see everything already loaded.
DO like that the link turns a different color once you look at it, and
I'm pretty enamored with their voting system enough that I may be able
to overlook the aesthetic shortcomings.
My friend has proven his
loyalty to Reddit, and has convinced me of its value. If I really want
to understand social connectivity, Reddit is a main player that I need
to start to understand. I am going to sign up for an account and start
contributing upvotes/downvotes when I can. I am convinced that I'll
start seeing content on Reddit long before it makes its way to Facebook.
I haven't Reddit, but I sure am going to start.
- The Big Social Picture
- Facebook says I’m a 29 year old female living in San Francisco. Twitter says I like puns and bad jokes (@The_PUNisher_SF). Reddit upvotes and says I LOVE puns and bad jokes. And this blog tells you about my experiences using social media sites and learning to fit them all together into my life. www.facebook.com/TheBigSocialPicture