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Reddit; Replacing Twitter?

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What it Was

The site called Reddit came into existence in 2005. It was to be a social website. Many users joined, some unsure of what it would entails, others to basically promote their articles published on other sites.

Users registered, submitted links, some content. Other users could vote the submission up or down.

Some users learned early that they'd be slapped down for posting too many links to their own articles. Some users joined writing sites under different names, using different email addresses, so could link as much as they wanted.

As with many social sites it was founded by University students. Whatever they imagined for their site, It did so well that Conde Nast Publications bought it in October 2006 for a great deal of money.

As Reddit is made up of user generated content it was sort of a bulletin board service.

The name "Reddit" is a play on the term 'read it'.

By 2019 there were about 430 million monthly users. Not bad for a site created in a University dorm.


What it Is

Reddit consists of different 'communities' on different topics. One would select their interests or the focus of an article they published and join that community. Other users could comment on the posts or participate in a conversation and cast positive or negative votes.

For many, the main use of Reddit was to promote their articles posted on other sites to get views.

From about 2006 to 2013 this was the main use of Reddit for many users. It was a kind of 'side piece' to advertise articles posted on paying sites.

As writing sites diminished and disappeared, and few paid for articles, it just wasn't worth the effort to go to Reddit and create an 'ad'. Many users then began utilizing Reddit as they would a publishing site, posting their observations or articles there first.

This is how Reddit was between 2013 until 2022, when Elon Musk said he was going to buy Twitter.

Elon Musk is not particularly popular nor respected. Many Twitter users began to use Reddit instead of Twitter.

Reddit, noting this, began alerting users to various posts they might be interested in, as Twitter does. This new feature has enabled those who no longer used Reddit as they had before the collapse of paying sites, to maintain the sense of community.

Although the 'voting' aspect had chased a number of users previously.

A Note About 'Voting'

One might imagine that voting was a fair way to judge an article. Many sites had incorporated voting into their pattern.

The problem with voting for 'peers' is that every vote for Them is a vote against You.

The 'most popular' or 'best' item might not be worth the eyesight. This is because people will vote for themselves, creating duals, roping in other users, so that s/he is at the 'top'.

This kind of 'voting' joined with the kind of trolling that existed on Reddit, had a lot of users stepping back.

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A rule of thumb, don't let the users select the best articles; because they will select their own and their friends, regardless of quality. Have an independent body select the best ten, then let the users vote.


In the Past...

Due to the voting and trolling many users had stepped back from participating in Reddit.

One would post a link to an article. The poster would be attacked by a gang of Trolls sometimes even kicked off that sub-Reddit by the user who had created and controlled it.

Many felt the Admin gave permission to allow Trolls to insult and abuse people without any chance of punishment so limited their visits.

In 2021 the Reddit Admins stepped in to clean up the site, get rid of certain sub-Reddits and block particular users. For Reddit finally realized its potential.

Going Up

As previously stated, many people do not like, respect and certainly do not trust Elon Musk. Alerted to the fact he intended to buy Twitter, they pulled away. Some closed their accounts, others stopped posting.

With the tottering of Twitter and the Balancing of Reddit, a great many users have redirected their focus to the latter site.

Reddit, to its credit, had quickly acted after the January 6th Insurrection in America. Users have come to find it a safer place than Twitter.

The kind of hate speech, rubbish, false charges, etc. that Twitter has become known for, does not exist on Reddit.

Being able to use a site where there is no limit on a post, it can be as long as one desires, aware that there is some Administration keeping an eye out, comforts users.

It would not be at all surprising if Reddit replaces Twitter so that whether Musk buys it or not, what it was in 2021 will not be what it will become.


qeyler (author) on December 04, 2011:

It does get you some hits; she told me is another site, or was another very much like redgage..

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on December 04, 2011:

Thanks for the heads up on this one. I will leave reddit to the Wolves, but will try Redgage as I too haven't done much backlinking.


Earl S. Wynn from California on December 03, 2011:

Excellent! :)

qeyler (author) on December 03, 2011:

Why Reddit survives is that 'suddenly' something you posted gets 400 hits out of the blue...and it makes you think the site has some use. But that happens once every 10 years.

I link on Redgage, I don't put up a document, I put up a link and do get some interest. Getting anything from a networking site is a gift.

As many of you have said, you Will be thumbs down and get minus hits so will be on their last page.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Well, I hardly get any direct traffic from redgage at all - but I don't post there for direct traffic, all I do there is share links to hubs, or things I write on other sites.

Redgage links are "dofollow" backlinks - which strengthen your standings with Google, and other search engines.

I'm told that reddit links are "dofollow" as well.....but I get HUGE traffic from reddit when I post there.

After a while though - the moderators blacklist your account....and sharing at reddit becomes a pointless thing - and they will blacklist you no matter how often you submit other things, or try to be a part of their troll community.

It's the most hate filled place on the net, reddit.

You'll know when you've been black listed - as it will be obvious. Just start another account, and share your newest stuff until they get around to blacklisting you again.

Jed Fisher from Oklahoma on December 03, 2011:

Too true!

Micheal from United Kingdom on December 03, 2011:

Hi Wesman,

I have had that issue on Reddit 'you have published too much come back later' and I hadn't been there for days.

I am on redgage but haven't got much up there yet and I have made 3 cents?

The problem (correct me if I am wrong) is that whatever you post there becomes their property?

There is not much in terms of a community as you point out.

Thanks for a great hub, I had no idea there were so many of these things out there. Jez you could spent hours just posting to this lot.

Life is better spent living, as you quite rightly stated above. Well done. voted up.

PWalker281 on December 03, 2011:

Thanks for this comparison of Reddit and Regage. I haven't done much backlinking or bookmarking but would like to start, and this hub lets me know not to waste my time with Reddit. Rated up and useful.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on December 03, 2011:

I LOVE that you shared this on reddit!

I've not logged in months.

Yes...they are a troll kingdom of self righteous idiots who basically hate anyone that writes on the web, and is "arrogant" enough to link in their under the bridge troll kingdom.

But guess what? Every single day I'm surprised by how many page views I get from reddit.

Here's my secret:

No matter what - they will, given some time, bury you to where nobody but nobody will ever see your links.

Haters gonna hate!

Screw those cave trolls! Just create another account - and do it all over again until they catch on again, rinse, repeat - endless reddit page views.

qeyler (author) on December 03, 2011:

BTW....I shared this on....Reddit

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