About Me

My photo
Facebook says I live in the Bay Area. Twitter boasts that I like puns and bad jokes (@The_PUNisher_SF), and then 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.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Have you Reddit?

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.

Another 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.

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 today.

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>.

Imagine 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 anymore.

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.

I 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.


  1. I am very pleased to get such a site gave the information about to blocked site and I tried this instruction to get access to blocked sites.

    Reddit UK proxy

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. I look forward to hearing more updates from you, this is very interesting.
    hotmail email login

  4. Yes i have reddit but its complicated for me. i am trying to understand it that how it work.
    Are you looking for Garage Door Repair Services in Dubai?

    Garagedxb has the best quality garage door repairing handymen. Handymen at Garagedxb can assist you with Automatic garage door repair in Dubai,  Automatic Sliding door repair In Dubai and  Automatic Glass door repair in Dubai.

  5. Get Packers and Movers Kolkata List of Top Reliable, 100% Affordable, Verified and Secured Service Provider. Get Free ###Packers and Movers Kolkata Price Quotation instantly and Save Cost and Time. ✔✔✔Packers and Movers Kolkata Reviews and Compare Charges for household Shifting, Home/Office Relocation, ***Car Transportation, Pet Relocation, Bike SHifting @ Packers and Movers Kolkata
    Packers And Movers Kolkata to Bangalore
    Packers And Movers Kolkata to Delhi
    Packers And Movers Kolkata to Ahmedabad
    Packers And Movers Kolkata to Gurgaon
    Packers And Movers Kolkata to jaipur

  6. Visit to instyle jackets and get B3 bomber jacket women . regardless of the size, design, color and fashion, we make all king of leather jacket and we are professional

  7. As I've been investigating online media in the last 1 1/2 months, I've occupied with a few discussions with individuals concerning why cheap accounting essay they picked the medium they use. Generally it comes down to where your companions and partners are. One companion said that in his group of friends, no one uses Facebook to impart, yet they are continually remarking on one another's Instagram photographs.

  8. In the eyes of ramma foundation, Quality and customer satisfaction is on highest priority. Edmonton foundation repair If you think that home require foundation repair, weeping tile repair or even seasonal rooftop snow removal, gutter cleaning, congratulations, you have arrived at the right place.

  9. it comes down to where your friends and colleagues. <a href='https://www.essaychamp.co.uk/buy-essay</a> friend said that in his social circle, nobody uses to communicate.

  10. At Mauvetree, we are glad to dispatch the most recent trends of leather blazers for our esteemed clients.

  11. Smart Kitchens by Superior Living is one of the UAE’s most dominant renovation and project management companies. We are a group of Selected contractors who are here to help you give your kitchen a complete makeover the smart way by our italian kitchen designs services. We’re here for you every step of the way.

  12. We have a solutions-focused organization where we approach each Client with an initial consultation to gather information regarding their current systems to provide them high quality water leak detector services to satisfy them.

  13. they have attractive content and shared informationa about their live concert. it's helpful for everyone. but when I visited first time in your website so I need to use vpn. I got it from VPN for Free Fire because I live in abroad so I am not avail to access this site
    without facing any trouble


  14. Ramma Foundation Repair specializes in professional Foundation Repair Edmonton services. With their extensive experience and expertise, they provide reliable solutions to address foundation issues and ensure the stability of residential and commercial properties.

  15. "Exploring different social media platforms can offer insights into the preferences of your social circles. It's fascinating how each platform serves as a unique hub for interaction. After navigating the digital world, take some time to relax and unwind at Relax Massage Center in Karachi DHA for a rejuvenating break."

  16. Perfumes in Pakistan by Future Style By Nida Faysal capture a unique blend of tradition and modernity. These fragrances are designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes, offering both luxury and affordability for various occasions.